NADRA Education Tour — Pennsylvania, April 27 and 28; Georgia, May 17 and 18
Registration is now open for both Pennsylvania and Georgia classes!
PA Education/GA Education
*Attention Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Delaware and area members: If you would like to schedule tee time after classes on Friday, April 27 — contact Mike Beaudry for more details: Michael@NADRA.org, 215-804-6679.
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Glenn Mathewson: Lateral Load Language Lesson: 2012 IRC
A subtle change in the 2012 IRC makes the application of the lateral load anchor connection figure more understandable. Under the 2009 IRC, Section R502.2.2.3 confused some readers by its statement that the lateral load figure, "shall be permitted," only to later state that "devices shall be installed in not less than two locations." The first statement is clear that the connection is merely allowed by code, but not permitted. However the latter seems to require the use of two or more.
In the 2012 IRC the original intent of the language was clarified, with clear direction. It is only when the connection detail is voluntarily chosen that there must be at least two devices installed. It is merely a design option.
Overall, this is a good win for the industry. Success is had when the language of the code can be made clearer. The more consistently the code is interpreted, the more of a "standard" it can be.
NADRA NJ Chapter Recaps April Meeting, Sponsored by AZEK
First and foremost to all of our builder members, please do not forget to register for the Education courses ASAP. Heather Beaudry will be in town for this event and is looking forward to seeing everyone. If anyone is interested in a golf outing for Friday afternoon, after the class, around 3 p.m., email Michael Beaudry at firstname.lastname@example.org. He is trying to set up a tee time for all who are interested.
The NADRA New Jersey Board and I would like to thank everyone that attended the meeting on April 10, at the Chimney Rock Inn in Bound Brook. We had a very good turnout and it was a fun, informative meeting.
Thank you very much, AZEK, for sponsoring the NADRA NJ meeting. Mike Ryan from AZEK showed us the AZEK product lines and new colors. He explained about the rail kit being revamped and easier to install and some new products that have been introduced. AZEK and Parksite handed out new literature about these products and passed around samples of the new Vast pavers. There are now 14 colors of decking available. More
Check your deck
The Daily Mail Share
May is Deck Safety Month. In light of a recent deck collapse at a home in Ohio, it's important to stress deck safety. With temperatures sure to warm up again, many of us will soon be preparing our deck for use. According to the North American Deck and Railing Association, more than 75 percent of people on a deck when it collapses are injured or worse, killed. More
8 tips for using workplace humor
The old saying "everybody loves a comedian" has regretfully given birth to a time where everybody thinks they're a comedian. Sadly, what many have failed to realize is the old saying noted above was meant to be sarcastic. ... We all love good humor, but the truth is all humor is not good. The timely and appropriate use of humor is an asset to any leader. Likewise, distasteful or inappropriately timed humor can be a significant liability. As a leader it's quite easy to get a laugh — your title will virtually guarantee it. More
Demand growing for covered patios, decks
San Antonio Express-News Share
American homeowners don't like feeling confined, not even by their homes' walls. In recent years, owners have broken through those walls to extend their living areas into the outdoors with decks, pools, covered patios and, more recently, outdoor kitchens and media centers. The recession slowed down how rapidly homeowners are blurring the lines between the inside and outside of their homes. More
Get your deck ready for cookout season
Daily Herald Share
If your deck has seen better days, you'd better put it on your to-do-list quickly. It's time to party in the great outdoors again. Here are some things you should do each season to ready your deck for family get-togethers. More
Great leaders use the power of dreams
Harvard Business Review Share
Buying a lottery ticket has an extremely low chance of paying off. Yet many people, at least in countries where it's legal, do it anyway. In the United States alone, it's estimated that almost half the population plays the lottery; and recently Americans spent an estimated $1.46 billion buying tickets for the Mega-Millions game, even when the odds of winning were 176 million to one. Why do so many people play such long odds? The answer is: It gives them an opportunity to dream. More
Survey: What deck owners pine for
PRNewswire via MarketWatch Share
For many homeowners, the deck of their dreams is just that: Still a dream. That's the finding of a recent survey conducted on Facebook. More than 2,000 people responded to the query, "What would you do if you won $15,000 to spend on your deck?" Fans were asked to rate how strongly they felt about 11 different options, with one being least interested and 10 being the most interested. The No. 1 answer, with 47 percent giving it a 10, was to tear out the current deck and start over. More