A Deck Built to Fail

Flashing, fastening, framing - you name it, it needed to be fixed

Unfortunately, the new deck didn't meet code; in fact, it looked like someone had been trying to build a deck that violated every typical code requirement, starting at the foundation and continuing up from there.


All Codes Articles

  • A Path to Safer Balconies

    These tricky cantilevered structures demand careful framing and waterproofing details

  • Railings for Grade-Level Decks

    Even when a guardrail is not required by code, build it as if it were

  • Cord Connectors

    This clever system consists of a hardened plastic shell and a pair of rubber cord stops, and will prevent you from accidentally disconnecting from an extension cord.

  • Coastal Deck Repairs

    Property management companies and homeowners in Emerald Isle, N.C., have inspected and repaired more than 150 decks in the oceanfront community since two decks collapsed last year. A dozen people were hurt, prompting renewed attention to safety.

  • Wood Treaters Under Pressure

    Ground-contact PT lumber is becoming more widely available, thanks to the AWPA's new rules for treated lumber. But the industry is divided on how the new rules apply to deck framing.

  • OSHA Plans New Guidelines

    OSHA says it will create a separate set of safety and health-program management guidelines for the construction industry. The voluntary guidelines, first published in 1989, help employers establish health and safety programs for the workplace.

  • Mike Holmes Joins Deck Safety Campaign

    Simpson Strong-Tie is partnering with Mike Holmes, professional contractor and host and creator of the TV series Holmes on Holmes, on his deck safety campaign this spring.

  • How to Make Your Jobsite Safer

    Safety glasses and ear protection should be the norm on all jobsites, but if you're looking to go beyond the basics, several products on the market are worth a look. They include safety glasses with integral earplugs, fog-free safety goggles, and padded work gloves.

  • Notching Guidelines

    Most prescriptive guidelines for notching and drilling in framing members don't account for wet-service conditions.

  • A Chat With Trex's New CEO

    Jim Cline, who took over as Trex CEO in August, discusses the turnaround that improved efficiency, increased earnings, and solved quality problems with first-generation wood-plastic composites.

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