Tim Healey

Q: I am putting a deck on a home with a water table trim. Can I attach the deck ledger directly to the water table or does it need to be removed?

A: Mike Guertin, a builder and remodeler in East Greenwich, R.I., and a presenter at JLC Live, responds: The answer to your question depends on whether the specific details of the house where you are building the deck can satisfy the prescriptive code conditions, or alternatively, whether your local code official would accept another...

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