Deck Ledgers and I-Joist Floor Systems
With such a wide range of engineered wood products available, a prescriptive...
Connecting a Deck to a SIPs House
You can't fasten a ledger to most structural insulated panels, so if you want to...
No Criminal Charges in Fatal Balcony Collapse
There's not enough evidence to bring criminal charges against the contractors...
Updated Deck Guide Now Available
The latest edition of the American Wood Council's DCA 6 Prescriptive Residential Wood Deck Construction Guide has been updated with a new commentary section and a new tributary area calculation appendix.
Bad Deck-Ledger Behavior?
A reader questions whether a point load on a deck ledger can actually cause a catastrophic failure of the ledger
Are 2x6s Stronger Than 2x12s
Virginia Tech professor Frank Woeste explains why the relative bending strength (Fb) of southern yellow pine decreases as the lumber dimension increases
Connecting Girders to Deck Ledgers
When deck joists run parallel to the house, the connection between the girders...
Building a Freestanding Deck
Solid Bracing and strong connections are the keys to a durable, bounce-free...
With More Snow in the Forecast, Are Decks at Risk?
Local building codes are designed so that decks can support typical snow loads....
Rules for Drilling and Notching Deck Framing
Following these simple guidelines when modifying joists, beams, and posts will...