No one was seriously hurt when a deck in Evanston, Ill., collapsed over the Memorial Day weekend, but building inspectors quickly identified the cause: a poor connection between the deck and the house. Seven people had gathered on the second-floor structure when it gave way, knocking one woman unconscious but apparently causing only minor injuries. Evanston Building Inspector Gary Gerdes blamed the failure on a "lack of attachment at the house." Building codes have toughened in recent years, but the connection between the deck ledger and the rim joist of the house is still a problem on many older decks. Frank Lamphere, a local builder, said this type of collapse is still all too common. "Ninety percent of deck failures occur at the house where the connection is," he told a local television station. Read More