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Updated Deck Connection and Fastening Guide Now Available
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Updated Deck Connection and Fastening Guide Now Available

Simpson Strong-Tie's Deck Connection and Fastening Guide 2017 has been updated to... More

Attaching a Deck to a Superinsulated Fat Wall
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Attaching a Deck to a Superinsulated Fat Wall

Specialized standoff hardware helps maintain an airtight envelope More

Deck Ledgers and I-Joist Floor Systems
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Deck Ledgers and I-Joist Floor Systems

With such a wide range of engineered wood products available, a prescriptive... More

Connecting a Deck to a SIPs House
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Connecting a Deck to a SIPs House

You can't fasten a ledger to most structural insulated panels, so if you want to... More

No Criminal Charges in Fatal Balcony Collapse
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No Criminal Charges in Fatal Balcony Collapse

There's not enough evidence to bring criminal charges against the contractors... More

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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. More

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Bad Deck-Ledger Behavior?

A reader questions whether a point load on a deck ledger can actually cause a catastrophic failure of the ledger More

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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 More

Connecting Girders to Deck Ledgers
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Connecting Girders to Deck Ledgers

When deck joists run parallel to the house, the connection between the girders... More

Building a Freestanding Deck
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Building a Freestanding Deck

Solid Bracing and strong connections are the keys to a durable, bounce-free... More

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