Still frustrated or confused by deck ledger code requirements? Gary Katz' popular This Is Carpentry website recently posted a two-part article that explores (in Part I) why building codes tackled deck construction in the first place, and how fastener requirements and installation 'best practices' have evolved over the years. Written with considerable assistance from code expert and frequent PDB contributor Glenn Mathewson, the article also examines (in Part II) lateral load requirements from both a historical and practical perspective. This is a familiar subject for most PDB readers, but essential reading for remodelers and general contractors who don't build a lot of decks.