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.



        Custom Stairs Built by David Bullene

Curve Appeal

This redwood deck features a curved stair with a laminated handrail and vertical stair risers

Steep Stair Rail

A new railing option joins CertainTeed's EverNew Kingston line

Attaching Stair Stringers

Mike Guertin adds a key detail to Kim Katwijk's stairbuilding tips


Footings & Framing Articles

  • Inspections Prevent Tragedies

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

  • Dock on a Rock Brackets

    Adjustable galvanized steel brackets can be bolted to rock to provide a solid base for docks, stair landings, and walkways.

  • Hanger-Buddy Joist-Hanger Tool

    An adjustable jig for speeding up joist hanger installation.

  • Another Guard Post Connection Option

    If you prefer to attach your guard posts to the deck framing using screws and blocking instead of metal hardware, here's an engineered detail you can show to your building inspector.

  • Efficient Deck Demolition

    It isn't glamorous work, but your crew can do it quickly and profitably with a little planning and the right tools

  • Concrete Advice

    Sometimes the extra cost of equipment pays for itself in time saved and better results

  • Attaching a Deck to Cantilevered Joists

    If you can't attach a ledger to a rim joist on a cantilevered floor, how can you build a deck on a raised ranch?

  • Deck Collapse in Missouri

    A deck on the back of a Cape Girardeau, Mo., home collapsed after the ledger appeared to pull away from the house. Three people were on the 28-year-old structure at the time. Photos taken at the home show a tenuous connection between the deck ledger and the wall of the house.

  • Rot Causes Deck Failure

    Five people were hurt when a deck in Howard County, Md., collapsed on July 21. The cause of the problem appeared to a rotten rim joist, according to a local inspector who said a connection there would be like trying "to screw a board into a sponge."

  • Carpenters Hurt in Deck Collapse

    Three carpenters were injured earlier this month when a third-floor deck they were preparing to remove collapsed. Two of the men were hospitalized.

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