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An Update on 2015 IRC Building Code Committee Hearings
Find out what was discussed. What was approved or disapproved. How these proposals will effect you as a builder or homeowner.
In this editorial Richard goes back to basics after a long cold winter. Foundations, footings, footing connections, ground anchor systems and new building code proposals for the 2015 IRC.
A Quick Review Of How To Build Proper Concrete Footings
There is no better time than now to go over the five different ways you can build traditional concrete piers and footings for your deck. See how to make them frost heave proof.
Non-Traditional Foundation Solutions For Decks
From engineered helical piers set to certain depth and torque ratings to deck blocks to everything in between. Richard explains how they all work and when you might prefer one over the other.
Spike Or Screw Your Footings Into The Ground
There are ways of using spikes and helical piers with load plates so that they actually function as a load distribution system for floating decks or structures not connected to a superstructure (ie. a house). See how they work.
Forms That Store Flat And Fold Into Shape
Imagine if you could fold up all those huge bulky round cardboard concrete forms. Well, some did imagine and then actually did it! Check this out. You will love this.
Connecting Support Posts To Piers
A critical part of any deck is the connection between the support post and the concrete pier. Here are some common and not so common, but very beautiful ways to do it.
What are the changes to the residential building codes being discussed now? You will want to know whether you are a home owner or a builder. Which ones are likely to be accepted and which ones are meeting opposition? Find out.
In this editorial Richard talks about spring clean up tips, proper deck framing for railing posts to joists, and new deck stair tread protectors.
How to Frame Railing Posts Against Joists Properly
In this article, Richard explains how to frame a railing post into virtually any kind of deck frame situation.
Reviving Old Deck Stair Treads
There are some simple and affordable ways to save and extend the life of old stair treads or just make new stairs last longer and be safer to use.
In this editorial Richard talks about innovations in deck design
What Decking Material to Choose?, by Bill Nezbeth
In this guest article, Bill Nezbeth talks about some old and exciting new options
Building a Picture Frame Border
Simple techniques to make a stunning visual improvement to any deck
Editorial, by Richard Bergman
In this editorial Richard talks about succesful job bidding, new tools and some simple construction tips.
Bidding for Profit, by Andrew York
In this guest article, Andrew York talks about money things
Make Deck Construction Easier with Specialized Tools, An Industry Review
Richard reviews some deck board straightening tools
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