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.


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  • Inspections Prevent Tragedies

    Older oceanfront decks are particularly vulnerable to structural problems because of salt corrosion of hardware and fasteners.

  • Fortress vertical stainless steel cable railing panels are shown on a deck built by Peachtree Decks and Porches, in Georgia.

    Cable Railing Caution

    Children may be tempted to climb a railing system with horizontally-oriented structural members, which should be taken into consideration in its design.

  • Wolverine CarbonMAX Work Boots

    These leather work boots have a thin-profile safety toe cap that reduces weight while still meeting ASTM standards for protection from rolling and falling objects.

  • Woman Burned in Deck Collapse

    A concrete deck at a Forest Park, Ga., apartment complex collapsed during a Labor Day barbeque, sending three people to the ground. One woman, trapped by concrete debris and burned by a hot grill, was treated at a local hospital and released the following day.

  • Curbing Exposure to Silica Dust

    A shop vacuum attached to a circular saw is capable of removing 81% of hazardous silica dust from the air, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health says.

  • Another Lousy Ledger Connection

    A faulty connection between a deck ledger and the rim joist of a house was apparently to blame for a deck collapse in East Springfield, Mo., at the end of August. Seven people, including the two homeowners who had lived in the house for only a month, were hurt.

  • The Risks of High-Pressure Washing

    Researchers testing the surface of a South Florida deck built with CCA-treated lumber warn that pressure-washing can release dangerous compounds. Using bleach makes the situation worse.

  • Trex, Azek Claim Top Honors

    Both Trex and Azek had something to crow about in the 2015 brand use survey by Remodeling magazine. Trex said it was judged best for composite/vinyl decking and wood-alternative railing while Azek claimed it was first for decorative trim. The study is to be published shortly.

  • A Tale of Woe in New Jersey

    Customer relations are important. A New Jersey family signed a $25,850 contract for a deck replacement last August, but the contractor managed to drag the job out until this summer when he was replaced with a new builder.

  • Second Deck Collapses in North Carolina Resort

    A deck on a seaside home in North Carolina collapsed, causing minor injuries among the nine people who were standing on it at the time. The collapse was in the same town where a deck failed over the July 4 holiday, injuring 16.

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