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Readers sound off about the International Residential Code, deck framing, recessed can covers, and more.
The stairs are one of the most important parts of a deck. If proper attention isn't paid to how they are built, they can be both hazardous and look out of place. Here are some tips on how to build stairs correctly.
A deck failure in coastal Canada illustrates the same structural weaknesses common to collapses along the U.S. coast.
Over the years at JLC and our sister magazine, we have published dozens of articles focused on virtually every aspect of deck design, engineering, and construction.
Improper sizing and fastening of the ledger board is the single biggest cause of deck failures.
Most decks can be supported by wood posts resting on concrete footings, piers, or a combination of the two.
Here are some rules of thumb for bracing and sizing framing members for simple deck designs.
Plain or fancy, a deck guardrail must meet minimum requirements for strength and safety.
By code in most jurisdictions, a deck stairway must be at least 36 inches wide.
Abaco, a tight-grained hardwood comparable to ipe, offers another decking option for homeowners who want to use wood.
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