Code officials in the F-M area echo a common concern: faulty deck construction on new and existing homes. Rules governing decks have grown from a paragraph to several pages in the 2015 International Residential Code. This course introduces basic design and construction methods for single-story residential wood decks. It has been tailored to address specific local concerns, including:
New codes and how they pertain to each area
Frost-protected foundations required in Minnesota, but not North Dakota
Attachment to the house (the main failure seen by code officials)
Vertical and lateral loads
Footing sizes and materials (new provisions)
Stairways, guardrails and handrails
Hazards created by windows, water or electricity
Specific design guidance includes convenient span tables for joists and beams and charts of post sizing limitations and connection methods. Figures for multiple lateral connections make connection to an existing dwelling simpler, and require less removal of existing materials.
The class will be instructed by Alex “Cash” Olszowy of the International Codes Council Learning Center.
All registrations must be received at least 24 hours in advance of the class. Pre-payment is appreciated. Refunds will only be provided if notice of cancellation is received 24 hours prior to class.