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Los Angeles may follow San Francisco’s lead, requiring owners of apartment buildings to reinforce first floor structures.
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.
The Engineered Wood Association has been working to broaden the choices for using wood structural panels to achieve code-required lateral bracing in wood-frame construction. A new APA publication lays out the OSB industry’s latest recommendations for a “simplified” way to meet code.
Firefighters and home builders are still at odds over the issue of proposed code rules that would require sprinkler systems in new homes.
Weyerhaeuser’s Flak Jacket is an intumescent fire-resistant coating for Trus Joist TJIs
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