Author Topic: Prescriptive residential wood deck construction guide (with 2013 addendum)  (Read 3743 times)

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Offline Rob_O

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Published by the American Wood Council, based on the 2009 IRC.

www.awc.org/publications/dca/dca6/dca6-09.pdf‎
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That is a good one. Remember it is for decks, not cabins and not porches (with roofs).

If that link did not work try this one


and other good AWC references are here.
Just because something has been done and has not failed, doesn’t mean it is good design.

If you didn't have the time or money to do it right in the first place, when will you get the time and money to fix it?

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What is different about a porch and a deck? Is it that the porch has a roof and has greater supporting load requirements?

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Yes, and maybe walls too even if just screened in.
Just because something has been done and has not failed, doesn’t mean it is good design.

If you didn't have the time or money to do it right in the first place, when will you get the time and money to fix it?

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Too large a file for me to download and review at the moment but a little behind the scenes gossip. There has recently been a study done on the relatively recent inclusion of lateral load connectors by WSU. They are not a bad thing at all, especially in new work where it is easy to incorporate,(remember how many folks fail to properly sheath a floor, this provides a positive connection of deck framing to floor framing, so not a bad idea) but the requirement (thou shall vs thou may) is being challenged and may be modified or go away in the 2015 code cycle.

And then there's balconies  ;D