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

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.

Solving the Stair Post Connection Dilemma

The bottom newel posts on a set of porch or deck stairs have to be able to withstand 200-lb. lateral loads, and in some areas have to be supported by footings that bear on undisturbed ground below the frostline. Here are two options for handling this tricky detail.

        Custom Stairs Built by David Bullene

Curve Appeal

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

 
 
 

Footings & Framing Articles


  • Millions Awarded in Deck Collapse Lawsuit

    Nearly two years after a subdivision clubhouse deck collapsed, sending 22 family members falling almost 15 feet to the ground, an Indiana jury awarded the victims more than $4 million in damages.

     
  • Exploring the Deck Ledger Connection

    Learn more about the history and evolution of deck ledger code requirements in this new two-part article, posted on THISisCarpentry.com.

     
  • Upgrading a Deck

    Make an existing deck safer and stronger by improving the hardware and paying close attention to the connection details.

     
  • Framing Wrap-Around Deck Stairs

    Wrap-around stairs for a deck often are built with a pair of corner stringers and a lot of blocking. Two carpenters from Hammer & Hand of Portland, Ore., discuss an alternative method in which the framing is assembled like the corner of a hip roof.

     
  • Thanksgiving-day Deck Collapse Sends Family to Hospital

    Ten members of a Georgia family were injured when their deck collapsed during a Thanksgiving gathering.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
 
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