Deck and Railing Skills Workbook

Deck and Railing Skills Workbook

How well do you know decks and railings? Take the challenge by clicking on the image below. This isn’t a test of everything there is to know, but it will give you (or your manager) an idea of how well you know some of the key facts underlying skills. Answers are provided at the end. For any questions you get wrong, follow the links in the answers to hone your knowledge.

Deck and Railing Skills Challenge
Test your knowledge of decks and railings.


Basic Instruction

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Safe and Durable Decks

A casual inspection of just about any wooden boardwalk or ocean-side deck provides... More

Decay Resistance and the Code

Staving off rot with the appropriate design, construction and material selection More

Guards vs. Handrails

You should know the difference, because these two architectural components serve... More

Code-Compliant Guardrail Posts

Mike Guertin explains how to make fast, solid, and cost-effective connections by... More

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Avoiding Deck Stair Defects

Build deck stairs according to best practices rather than code to protect your... More

Deck Foundations

When designing a pier or footing, consider load, soil conditions, and frost... More

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Strategies for Safe, Affordable Decks

Deck code expert Glenn Mathewson explains how to build more efficiently and trim... More

Field Guide

Field Guide

Building outdoor decks can be a profitable business for builders and remodelers. But you have to get the details right to avoid failures from weak structural connections, weathering and corrosion.

Deck and Railing Skills Online References

Deck and Railing Skills Online References

Additional online references for building codes, training resources, industry information, and more

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