July-August 2014 Table of Contents

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Question & Answer Building a Deck Above an AC Compressor

Provide enough clearance for the unit to operate properly and to allow workers to safely access it for maintenance and repair Read more

Letters Good Roof, Bad Stairs

A short riser in a photo in an article on roofs catches a reader's attention Read more

Letters Field-Treating Pressure-Treated Pine

Even though it's not required by code, it's a good idea to treat all cuts and penetrations in PT pine with copper naphthenate-if you can find it Read more

Letters More on Deck Failures

A code enforcement officer in the Buffalo, N.Y., area believes that most decks would fail if loaded to their code-required design capacity Read more

Not a Replacement for Lateral Load Anchors Letters Not a Replacement for Lateral Load Anchors

Research at Washington State University shows that screwed joist hangers are stronger than nailed joist hangers and reinforce the potentially weak link at the joist-to-ledger connection Read more

FastCap Best Fence Pro Saw Stand TOOL KIT FastCap Best Fence Pro Saw Stand

The base model, which comes with a 64-inch fence, can be accessorized with additional sections to accommodate 20-foot-long deck boards Read more

Lateral Bracing for a Second-Story Deck QUESTION & ANSWER Lateral Bracing for a Second-Story Deck

Are there alternatives to using the lateral-load anchors described in the IRC? Read more

Edge Detail for Capped Composite Decking Design Edge Detail for Capped Composite Decking

A less expensive alternative to installing a picture-frame border to conceal cut decking ends Read more

Curved Deck on a Flood-Prone Riverbank Day’s End Curved Deck on a Flood-Prone Riverbank

A unique multi-level structure is built to withstand 20-foot floods Read more

Mountain Laurel Railings Mountain Laurel Railings

Custom-made mountain laurel railings add an artistic twist to a deck design Read more

Building Waterproof Roof Decks Building Waterproof Roof Decks

Get better performance from your deck covering by using ‘best practices’ framing and flashing details Read more

A Tall Deck in Earthquake Country A Tall Deck in Earthquake Country

A steel moment frame and plenty of lateral reinforcement were the keys to resisting seismic forces Read more

Feeney Lighting for DesignRail PRODUCTS Feeney Lighting for DesignRail

New LED railing lights fit into recesses in the top and bottom rails Read more

Fypon Woodgrain Structural Columns PRODUCTS Fypon Woodgrain Structural Columns

Steel-reinforced polyurethane holds up better than wood to insects and moisture Read more

Thompson's WaterSeal Waterproofing Stain PRODUCTS Thompson's WaterSeal Waterproofing Stain

A flexible film accommodates natural wood movement Read more

Mid-Stair Landings Q&A Mid-Stair Landings

Should a landing be treated as part of the stairs or as a separate deck? Read more

Insect Shield Bug-Repellant Work Apparel PRODUCTS Insect Shield Bug-Repellant Work Apparel

Shirts, socks, caps, and more keep pests away even after repeated washing Read more

How Long Should Treated Lumber Last? Editor’s Letter How Long Should Treated Lumber Last?

Some deck builders have noticed premature rot in treated decking and framing. Are new preservatives and lower retention levels (compared with old 0.40 CCA-treated lumber) to blame, or is the problem the use of above-ground-rated lumber when ground-contact-rated material is required? Read more

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