Building Science

Wood Decks That Last
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Wood Decks That Last

You can get great results with treated decking if you select, install, and... More

Simple Rot Protection
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Simple Rot Protection

Always seal cut ends of lumber, even when it's pressure treated More

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New Span Tables Online

The Southern Forest Products Association has posted updated span tables online. More

A Deck Builder's Guide to Placing Concrete Slabs
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A Deck Builder's Guide to Placing Concrete Slabs

Advice on forming, estimating, placing, and finishing concrete More

Common Deck Building Mistakes From the Past
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Common Deck Building Mistakes From the Past

Editor relates his talk from the Principia Decking and Railing Conference wherein... More

Helical Pile Deck Foundations
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Helical Pile Deck Foundations

About two years ago, I stumbled upon a photo of a deck project that wasn't built... More

Handling Lateral Loads
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Handling Lateral Loads

You don't need to destroy interior floors to attach a deck to the house. More

Verifying the Load Capacity of Railing Posts
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Verifying the Load Capacity of Railing Posts

Many factors come into play when the strength of the connection between a post and... More

Building With Steel Joists
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Building With Steel Joists

Straight, light, and cost competitive - should you consider steel? More

New Code for Resisting Lateral Loads
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New Code for Resisting Lateral Loads

The history and implications of the new provision More

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