In Howard County, Md., a deck pulled away from a house and collapsed July 21, but it was a rotten rim joist rather than a faulty ledger connection that caused the problem, according to authorities there. Five people were hurt. An inspector told The Baltimore Sun the rim joist was so rotten, "it's like you tried to screw a board into a sponge. It's just not going to hold." A photo that ran with the story shows a severely damaged area beneath a small bump-out, presumably the door that provided access to the deck. Read More