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Deck Guardrail Inspections

Between 2003 and 2007, there have been over eleven thousand injuries caused by structural failure or collapse of guardrails at outdoor decks. It's not tough to understand why - when people have parties in the summer, everyone hangs out[...]

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Deck Ledger Attachment Methods

May is National Deck Safety Month, so I'm going to start off this month by writing about the most common cause of deck collapses - improper attachment to building. [...]

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Inspecting Your Own Deck

As I'm sure you already know, May is Deck Safety Month, so it's a good time to talk about deck inspections. Is your own deck safe? Now is the time to check. If you're going to have[...]

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Coon Rapids Deck Collapse – Why It Happened

the newscasters usually say they'll come back to the story once they learn what the problem was, but they never do... so I decided to inspect this Coon Rapids deck myself. Here's what I found:[...]

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Common Deck Defects

May is the North American Deck and Railing Association's Deck Safety Month. This gives me a great opportunity to talk about what I look at when I inspect balconies and decks in Minnesota, and what the most common defects[...]

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