Helical Pile Deck Foundations

A New Jersey deck builder liked helical piles so much he started a new business

About two years ago, I stumbled upon a photo of a deck project that wasn't built on concrete piers, and I emailed the contractor to inquire about what he had used. His answer - helical piles - changed my business.



Adding Curves to a Steel-Frame Deck

It’s easier than you think to bend steel and dress it up with flexible PVC trim

City Lights

Multiple levels, subtle lighting, and a low-profile stainless-steel cable railing are three strategies used to optimize nighttime views of New York City's skyline from this ipe deck.

Framing Wrap-around Deck Stairs

When deck plans called for a set of wrap-around stairs, this west coast builder thought like a roof framer and laid out and cut the corner stringer like a hip rafter.


Footings & Framing Articles

  • Joist Flashing Tape

    Add a layer of protection to the tops of deck joists and beams

  • Concealed Beam Tie

    Simpson's CBTZ connects a beam with a post without a lot of metal showing

  • Structural Vinyl Columns

    The LandMarke Builder's Vinyl Column from Fairway can be cut on site to the desired height

  • Fast Joist-Hanger Installation

    A simple site-built jig speeds things along and makes for a stronger build

  • How Neat Do Joist Hangers Need to Be

    A framing crew left gaps between the seats on some hangers and the joist bottoms. Can they be shimmed or do they need to be reinstalled?

  • Pier Protection

    Using contractor trash bags as drop cloths around footings makes cleanup fast and easy

  • A Path to Safer Balconies

    These tricky cantilevered structures demand careful framing and waterproofing details

  • With SIPs, the best option is building a deck or porch that is independent of the house for support.

    Connecting a Deck to a SIPs House

    You can't fasten a ledger to most structural insulated panels, so if you want to add a deck to a SIPs house your best bet is to build a freestanding deck and anchor it to the structure or foundation with special metal brackets.

  • Review: Collomix Xo 4 Portable Power Mixer

    The Collomix Xo 4 is a heavy-duty low-speed drill that can be used to mix up batches of mortar, concrete, and other heavy materials

  • Extra Steps Needed to Prevent Rot and Corrosion

    While not required by code, deck framing and metal hardware that is primed and painted prior to installation will be better protected from rot and corrosion

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