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Building Codes for Building Decks, a 4-Part Series — Earn your Master Deck Builder Certification with NADRA in 2012
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This is a four-part series, which includes four core building code courses and provides a comprehensive explanation of how the 2009 and 2012 International Residential Code regulates deck construction, from initial design to project completion. These courses support the North American Deck and Railing Association's Master Deck Builder Certification program and are intended to prepare the audience for the four exams, respective to each course, that are required for NADRA member's to earn their MDB Certification. NADRA is launching the first two courses in March, April and May.

NADRA 2012 Education Tour Dates — First two classes of the series will be offered in the following locations:
  • March 29 & 30 - Atlantic City, N.J.
  • April 5 & 6 – Michigan
  • April 19 & 20 – Minnesota
  • May 3 & 4 – Atlanta, Ga. (Tentative)
For more information about the tour, class descriptions, registration, costs, etc., please click here.

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Ask NADRA: Tilting Support Posts:
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My deck is supported by wood posts that rest on concrete piles set into the ground. The concrete piles seem to be moving causing a tilt to the wooden post (inward, toward the house). Do you have a guideline on how much post tilt is acceptable?

Glenn Mathewson, NADRA's Technical Advisor, responds:
I can understand your concern and I'm glad you contacted NADRA for assistance. From what you have described, it does not reflect an appropriate foundation system. All foundations, including those for decks, must be placed a minimum of 12 inches below undisturbed soil. That refers to soil that has not been backfilled, rototilled, installed with sod, or any other disturbance. In a common yard the pier would be at least 18" below the top of the final grade. This depth provides lateral resistance to overturning ... what your piers are likely doing. I presume insufficient depth of the piers is the source of this problem.

As for the posts, I can't really recommend any acceptable tilt other than the tolerances in the bubble on a 4-foot level. I would presume that if the posts moved from vertical to tilted, then they're likely to keep moving. That is a more significant issue than just a little angle on the post.

For the sake of discussion, a deck "could" be designed with a tremendous angle in the posts. For the sake of your deck, I would look at shoring it up and replacing the piers.

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Tips of the Trade by NADRA Members:
Ever Heard of Him? By David Elenbaum

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That is what you are hoping the neighbors are saying about you when they show off their new deck. The concept of "Keeping up with the Jones" is the best pipeline for leads in this business. People are proud of their home improvement projects and they like to show them off. Your hopes are that when they are showing off their latest huge investment and boasting about the latest craze in products that they got, they drop your name in the process. Referrals are bar none the least expensive and most valuable lead source in the business. They are virtually free and if it's done right, you just have to take an order. So how do you harvest this land of milk and honey?

Start with vicious networking. Figure out ways to get in front of your customers friends and neighbors. One way might be to take a few minutes during the build and stop by the houses in the immediate area. Knock on the door, introduce yourself and let them know that your crew is the one working at that house. Show them a picture of what you are building and ask if they have any questions or comments about the workers or anything else. Remember to feel out your customer


Check out NADRA on LinkedIn!
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NADRA's LinkedIn Group has reached over 400 followers! NADRA is the voice of the deck and railing industry promoting national Deck Safety Month, helping guide code writing and regulations with ICC and sponsoring Deck Expo, the premiere trade event for the deck, dock and railing industry. NADRA helps improve its members through continued education, and setting the standard to build the highest quality custom decks and docks while giving courteous service. See what NADRA LinkedIn followers are saying and follow us on LinkedIn today for industry related conversations, news, updates and much more!

See what topics are hot on NADRA's LinkedIn group. This week: Do you use Composites?

Important dates to remember

  • Feb. 21 — Atlanta Chapter Meeting
  • Mar. 8 — NADRA NJ Chapter Meeting
  • March 29 & 30 — Atlantic City, N.J., NADRA 2012 Education Tour Date
  • April 5 & 6 — Michigan, NADRA 2012 Education Tour Date
  • April 12 — NADRA NJ Chapter Meeting
  • April 19 & 20 — Minnesota, NADRA 2012 Education Tour Date
  • May 3 & 4 — Atlanta, Ga. (Tentative), NADRA 2012 Education Tour Date
  • June 14 — NADRA NJ Chapter Meeting
  • Sept. 13 — NADRA NJ Chapter Meeting

For more details on NADRA Events, email your questions to

Check out NADRA on Facebook!
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Join us on Facebook!. Be among the first to learn NADRA news, updates, special events, hear from NADRA's Technical Advisor, Glenn Mathewson ... ask code questions. If you are a manufacturer, distributor, supplier, industry service provider, learn how to connect with NADRA Facebook fans by offering special promotions to NADRA fans. Contact NADRA by emailing with "FaceBook" in the subject line and we will contact you to tell you more! Is there a NADRA chapter in your area? Check out these local NADRA Chapter fan pages:

NADRA National
NADRA New Jersey Chapter
NADRA Minnesota Chapter
NADRA Atlanta Chapter

"Like" them today!


Wolf creates new home products division
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Wolf, the York, Pa.-based cabinetry and building material distributor, announced the creation of the Wolf Home Products division, which will focus on selling U.S. made products for contractors and "do-it-yourselfers." Wolf Home Products includes several existing lines: Wolf Classic Cabinets, Wolf Deck & Porch, Wolf Trim & Moulding, and Wolf Bath Furniture & Vanity Tops. More

The secrets of selling decking products online
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The deck appears to be stacked against selling decking online. The products can be long and heavy, and are typically purchased in full-project quantities. Currently, most LBM dealers use their websites to provide product information to "physical customers." E-commerce sales of decking are "maybe, one day." More

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How do you measure up against these traits of good leadership?
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Everyone wins in an organization characterized by good leadership, but people can talk a good game and spout leadership quotes and clichés all day long. And leaders both good and bad will tell you the right things to get you on board, get you to go above and beyond the call of duty, do more than what is expected and even give your own personal time and energy to help them or the business succeed. Over time, under good leadership, this results in success for both the organization and the individual. More

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5 tips to get maximum ROI from saying 'thanks'
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Erin Newkirk admits that she too, has been guilty of touting the value of handwritten thank-you notes at the expense of actually sending them. Except that unlike the rest of us, Newkirk was actually at the helm of one of the first online greeting card companies, Red Stamp. Founded circa 2005, before Facebook was a regular part of everyone's daily life, the company aimed to be an online "social secretary," acting as a reminder service along with offering high end occasion cards sent through its website. More

5 tips for using LinkedIn's mobile site
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Have you checked out LinkedIn's mobile site yet? No, not the mobile app — the in-browser mobile site. It's very powerful and very useful for connecting with LinkedIn's 135 million users. After all, mobile page views account for over 11 percent of total visits to the social network for the professionally minded. LinkedIn released the updated mobile site last summer. Mobile usage of LinkedIn has been growing quickly. More

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