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.



Wahoo Glass Panel Railing

Wicking channels in the brackets prevent water from accumulating

2013 Product Review: Deck Accessories

Make a good deck even better

2013 Product Review: Railings and Stairs

Cable, metal, glass, and composite options for railings abound for us with all types of decking from pressure-treated wood to PVC


Footings & Framing Articles

  • Fiberon Works Social Media Contest

    Composite-decking maker Fiberon turned to Twitter and Facebook for an online contest to name the best outdoor living spaces submitted by deck builders. The winner was Buz Gardiner of Gardiner Construction in Narragansett, R.I., and PDB author Robert Shaw, of Colorado Deck and Framing in Colorado...

  • Designing Porch Roofs

    Shed roofs are easy to frame, but gable roofs offer more design options

  • Stone Paver Deck

    Manufactured stone pavers are a durable, cost-effective alternative to wood and composite decking

  • Ridgid 18-Volt Heated Jacket

    A three-level heating system allows you to stay comfortable without shedding or adding layers

  • Landscaping designs and decking without gaps can drastically affect the drying potential of the framing beneath the deck.

    Decay Resistance and the Code

    Using decay-resistant lumber, field-treating cut ends with preservative, and providing adequate airflow are all ways to help prevent wood decks from rotting. But when are they required by code, and when are they a good idea even if not required?

  • Flooring an L-Shaped Porch

    What’s the best way to frame a T&G fir floor on an L-shaped porch to get sufficient slope for drainage in both directions?

  • Another Deck Failure

    NADRA is sending the wrong message to homeowners when it warns the public about an alarming increase in deck failures

  • Less Talking, More Doing

    Making decks safer is a better strategy for the deck building industry than scaring homeowners with deck collapse statistics

  • Another Suggestion for Connecting Posts to Shallow Joists

    Through-bolts and blocking might help eliminate metal hardware from a tricky post-to-joist connection, but they don't solve the central problem: that 2x4 joists will crack and split

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    Simpson Strong-Tie CPTZ Concealed Post Tie

    The tie keeps wood posts and columns 1 inch above the concrete, as required by code

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