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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

With More Snow in the Forecast, Are Decks at Risk?
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With More Snow in the Forecast, Are Decks at Risk?

Local building codes are designed so that decks can support typical snow loads.... More

Rules for Drilling and Notching Deck Framing
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Rules for Drilling and Notching Deck Framing

Following these simple guidelines when modifying joists, beams, and posts will... More

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