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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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NADRA is excited to announce our first two sponsors for the 2012 Education Tour. A special thanks goes out to NyloBoard and Fortress Railing Products for stepping up to help NADRA achieve our goal of the 2012 Education Tour!

For information on sponsorships, click here. If this link does not work for you, please go to to download this form right from the hompage. Thank you!

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.

NADRA Chapter Update
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Next Minnesota Chapter Meeting:
Wednesday, March 7
5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Poor Richard's Commonhouse Bloomington (494 Hwy & 100)
Member: $10
First-time non-member: Free
Second-time non-member: $15

KING METALS: Always Same Day Shipping

Metal’s worst enemy is moisture. That’s why ALL our inventory is stored indoors and never exposed to the elements. We take great pride in making sure you receive the best quality products at the best value. Just another service we provide to make sure King Metals is the partner you can trust. MORE

Just for fun — check out this hilarious complaint
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Important dates to remember

  • March 7 — NADRA MN Chapter Meeting
  • March 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
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NADRA Career Board
Looking for a career in the decking industry? Are you hiring? NADRA's Industry Update is a great spot to post your resume or the position available within your company! Send your information to and we will include it in NADRA's Career Board!

Position Available:
Mid-State Lumber — Field Marketing Specialist for South Jersey and Philly Markets

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?


Dated outdoor space gets a modern makeover
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Arguably one of the hardest things to do when you're moving from one city to another is finding the perfect home. What kind of style should it be? Where to look first? Just how big should it be? Buy a fixer-upper or a turnkey? For Huide and Cary Devore, those were just some of the questions they had to answer when they left Dallas in January of 2010 to move to San Diego County. More

Ecolife™ - Better Decks Cost Less

Ecolife™ Stabilized Weather-Resistant Wood is an environmentally preferred building product that enhances the strength and long-term natural beauty of your deck projects - with significantly less maintenance.

Decks, patios are outdoor living environments
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Even though it is still winter, there is still the urge to get out into the yard. The sooner the warm weather moves in, the more time that can be spent outside where you can ingest the fresh air and scent of the flowers blooming in the garden. Getting out into the yard does not always mean that there is work to do. More

US housing starts rise modestly to start new year
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Construction of single-family homes in the U.S. cooled off slightly in January after surging in the final month last year. But a rebound in volatile apartment construction kept builders busy and pushed housing starts to their highest level in more than three years. The Commerce Department said builders broke ground on a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 699,000 homes in January. That's up 1.5 percent from December and the highest level since October 2008. More

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10 quick tips to become a better writer
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If you think you aren't a good writer, it's probably because you've gotten hung up on the "craft" of writing. It's really hard to write well when you're worried about how you write. But unless you're somebody like Nicholas Sparks and you write novels guys hate because you make us all look like insensitive jerks by comparison, style is basically irrelevant. More

Get more business with LinkedIn
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When LinkedIn went live in 2003, it made its mark as a place for professionals to network and job hunt. People signed up, posted their resumes and waited for good things to happen. Now the social networking site is evolving into a robust tool for helping individuals and businesses succeed. More

Your friends are now your customers
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When Facebook announced its recent $5 billion IPO, many applauded the company's mission to connect friends and make the world a more open place. Experts described Mark Zuckerberg as "noble," "grandiose," and "downright inspirational." Twitter CEO Dick Costolo recently presented his vision in similar terms: "To instantly connect people everywhere." Indeed, the intuitive appeal of such social networking platforms is hard to overlook and partly explains their rapid growth. More

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