November-December 2014 Table of Contents

DCA 6 Update DCA 6 Update

New provisions in the 2012 IRC lead to important changes in this popular deck design guide Read more

Tiling a Deck Tiling a Deck

Fiberglass grating is a sturdy, drainable substrate option for exterior stone and ceramic tile Read more

Combining Decks and Patios EYE FOR DESIGN Combining Decks and Patios

Maintain a sense of privacy and easy egress from the house while also cost-effectively providing large entertainment spaces Read more

Keeping in Touch EDITOR’S LETTER Keeping in Touch

The annual DeckExpo is a great venue for making connections and staying up to date with what's happening in the decking industry Read more

Letters Advertisers, Take Note

Nothing gets by PDB readers Read more

Letters Testing Single Posts vs. Railing Assemblies

The president of a post-anchor manufacturing company weighs in on load testing of guardrail posts and assemblies Read more

Deck-Con Deck to House Connection Kit PRODUCTS Deck-Con Deck to House Connection Kit

1,500-pound-rated connectors attach completely from outside the house Read more

Letters Attaching Posts to 2x6 Framing

A PDB author responds to a reader's question about blocking details for guardrail post kits Read more

Keen Tacoma 6-Inch Work Boots Tool Kit Keen Tacoma 6-Inch Work Boots

The hiker-style boot keeps feet comfortable on wet, cold, or hot jobsites Read more

A Better Post-Hole Tamper Reader Tips A Better Post-Hole Tamper

Build one yourself with a 6x6 and a length of steel pipe Read more

Getting Into Hardscaping Getting Into Hardscaping

Expand your deck business by partnering with a patio contractor Read more

Spiral Stairs PRODUCTS Spiral Stairs

SalterSpiralStair makes exterior stairs in either galvanized steel or powder-coated aluminum Read more

Outdoor Bonus Room Day's End Outdoor Bonus Room

A four-car garage offers plenty of square footage for a roof-top deck Read more

Letters Another Option for Fire-Resistant Decks

Some pedestrian traffic coatings qualify as Class A, 1-hour fire-rated roof coverings. An installer advocates for their use on decks in a Wildland Urban Interface. Read more

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