NADRA member SLS Construction promotes Deck Safety Month
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Ahhh, May – the days are getting longer, when it's not to hot or to cool to go outside and spend some nice time reading a book, firing up the grill or having a party. For many people, this time is generally spent out on their decks. Unfortunately, this is also happens to be the time of the year when the good times can quite suddenly come to a crashing end. Some of the common reasons a deck will collapse ranges from age of the deck, poor maintenance, exceeding its load capacity to improper building methods. With a little common sense, Sean Lintow, owner of SLS Construction, explains how these deck failures can be avoided. More
Deck failure that hurt students traced to bolts
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A deck collapse that injured about 30 Washington and Lee University students at a party was apparently the result of the deck's "faulty attachment" to the house, according to a Rockbridge County building inspector. Building Official Erich Schnetzler said bolts that should have secured the deck to the house — dubbed the "County Seat" by students — failed to penetrate a 6-inch beam beneath the house's wood siding and 3/4-inch timber sheathing. "It looks to me like the bolts never made it into the beam," said Schnetzler, who inspected the deck's wreckage. More
Keys to fire pit safety on your deck
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Raised fire pits can be a great addition to a wood deck or composite lumber deck. Not only are fire pits an attractive centerpiece for your outdoor living area, they're a practical way to stay warm during chilly Spring and Fall evenings. Fire pits offer warmth, light, and ambiance while providing an inviting atmosphere. Prior to installing a fire pit, research and understand your local codes. If deck fire pits are not permitted, a fine could be levied. More
Decking producers target tight spaces, tighter budgets
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Decking manufacturers continue to respond to consumer demand for outdoor living spaces that cost less or require less space, but are beautiful and easy to maintain. "More than ever before, people look at their decks and porches as outdoor rooms," said Chris Fox, marketing manager at Universal Forest Products. "With so many different types of deck materials, lighting, rail systems, and decorative accents, it's possible to turn a nondescript deck into a great outdoor space." More
Builders nailed with high lumber prices
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A slow rebound in the housing market has sent the price of lumber through the roof. For an industry that is only just starting to emerge from the Great Recession, those prices come on top of costs builders are already absorbing. James Gano, who works for Mallard Homes of Lawrence, Kan., gets ready to blow insulation into a new home at 3911 Bellflower St. With lumber prices up and houses selling slowly, builders are feeling the pinch. More
The case for expanding LEED standards
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Green building is booming in the United States. Architects, builders and property owners strive to design and operate homes and office buildings that save energy, reduce pollution and protect our health. The success of green building is partly because of the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standard, which certifies a building's green features and performance. The LEED rating system encourages the use of responsible materials in construction and renovation, but as a forester, Michael Goergen is frustrated to see continued ill-treatment of forest products, as one of America's greatest natural resources. More
Housing starts hit 1-1/2 year high in April
Housing starts rose more than expected in April to touch their highest level since October 2008 likely on the back of a home buyer tax credit, but permits hit a six-month low, a government report showed. The Commerce Department said housing starts rose 5.8 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 72,000 units. March's housing starts were revised to show a 5 percent increase, which was previously reported as a 1.6 percent gain. More
Small business tax credits to pay third of health care premiums
Small businesses in the U.S. will get tax credits this year to pay for more than a third of the cost of providing medical care for employees under a new program created under the health law. Four million small businesses with less than 25 full-time employees will be eligible, according to an administration fact sheet. Businesses that qualify will get 35 percent of the cost of employee health care premiums reimbursed by the government, and 50 percent starting in 2014, the fact sheet said. More
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