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.

 

Stairs

Deck Skylights

Structural glass panels can be installed in a deck to bring daylight to the area underneath it

Porch Stair Makeover

PVC skirtboards and risers can be prefabricated into an easy-to-install assembly that can be used to dress up drab PT stair stringers.

Trex Spiral Stairs

Available in powder-coated aluminum or galvanized steel, the stairs can be customized with Trex treads

 
 
 

Footings & Framing Articles


  • Deck Skylights

    Structural glass panels can be installed in a deck to bring daylight to the area underneath it

     
  • Porch Stair Makeover

    PVC skirtboards and risers can be prefabricated into an easy-to-install assembly that can be used to dress up drab PT stair stringers.

     
  • Connecting Posts to Shallow Joists

    It may be easier to connect the posts to the wall or roof structure than to shallow joists

     
  • Pivoting Screen Door

    Thanks to a little ingenuity, the door virtually disappears when it's closed

     
  • Keeping Concrete Mix Dry

    All it takes is a couple of scrap 4x4s and two contractor trash bags

     
  • Lateral Bracing Alternatives

    Anchoring decks to the foundation rather than to the interior framing simplifies a finicky detail

     
  • Successful Hot Tub Planning

    When a hot tub is added to a deck project, make sure the tub is in a good location and that the framing is strong enough to support the extra weight.

     
  • Wahoo Complete Balconies

    Powder-coated aluminum structures are engineered to meet the building specs of the project

     
  • Winter Work Gloves

    A layer of nitrile gloves under your work gloves will keep your hands warm when working outside in the winter

     
  • The new permitted lateral-load connection detail in the 2015 IRC wont require invasive interior remodeling to install, just hardware that connects the bottom of a joist back to the wall plates, foundation, studs, or window or door headers. Currently there is no widely distributed hardware for this detail, but expect to see some prior to publication of the code in early 2015. Four evenly-spaced connections are required, each of which must resist 750 pounds.

    2015 IRC Lateral Load Detail

    The latest version of the IRC's controversial lateral load detail will require four 750-lb anchors instead of two 1500-lb anchors, and will be easier to install.