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Black & Decker Deck Codes & Standards
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Black & Decker Deck Codes & Standards
How to Design, Build, Inspect & Maintain a Safer Deck
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Make sure your deck is safe for family and friends with BLACK+DECKER Deck Codes and Standards

Bruce Barker, one of the country's leading authorities on building codes, has turned his eye toward one of his favorite subjects: building decks. Although it's one of the most popular DIY building projects, just about every deck built in the past decade (by pros as well as homeowners) falls short of current codes. In BLACK+DECKER Deck Codes & Standards Barker zeroes in on the main areas of concern and shows accurately and precisely how to design and build it right. Given that every year in the U.S. more than 120,000 people are injured by deck collapses, and more than 50 die, following Barker's careful and detailed advice is the surest way for a homeowner to protect against disaster.

Using the same common-sense approach he used in his bestselling book BLACK+DECKER Codes for Homeowners, Barker isolates the aspects of deck building that are the most frequent sources of trouble and shows—with photos, illustrations, and commentary—exactly how to do it correctly.

Barker's new book is not only for DIYers who are building a brand new deck. National deck building codes have changed significantly in the past five years: 4 x 4 posts are no longer allowed for structural purposes that a few years ago were deemed fine and minimum diameter requirements for concrete posts have doubled in many applications, for instance. If your existing deck is more than two or three years old, you'll want this detailed but accessible volume, too.

Make sure your deck is safe for family and friends with BLACK+DECKER Deck Codes and Standards

Bruce Barker, one of the country's leading authorities on building codes, has turned his eye toward one of his favorite subjects: building decks. Although it's one of the most popular DIY building projects, just about every deck built in the past decade (by pros as well as homeowners) falls short of current codes. In BLACK+DECKER Deck Codes & Standards Barker zeroes in on the main areas of concern and shows accurately and precisely how to design and build it right. Given that every year in the U.S. more than 120,000 people are injured by deck collapses, and more than 50 die, following Barker's careful and detailed advice is the surest way for a homeowner to protect against disaster.

Using the same common-sense approach he used in his bestselling book BLACK+DECKER Codes for Homeowners, Barker isolates the aspects of deck building that are the most frequent sources of trouble and shows—with photos, illustrations, and commentary—exactly how to do it correctly.

Barker's new book is not only for DIYers who are building a brand new deck. National deck building codes have changed significantly in the past five years: 4 x 4 posts are no longer allowed for structural purposes that a few years ago were deemed fine and minimum diameter requirements for concrete posts have doubled in many applications, for instance. If your existing deck is more than two or three years old, you'll want this detailed but accessible volume, too.

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  • Bruce A. Barker is president of Dream Home Consultants, LLC., a Cary, North Carolina-based building inspection and consulting firm. He has built or inspected more than 2,000 homes during his 23 years in the construction and building inspection industries. Bruce is a Residential Combination Inspector, a licensed contractor, a certified building energy performance analyst, and a certified infrared thermographer.

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  • Library Journal

    September 1, 2017

    Whether you are a homeowner, a builder, or inspector, this book is for you. Barker, an author and expert on building standards and president of a building inspection and consulting firm, speaks with great authority. Emphasizing the importance of codes and standards, the author leads readers through the components of decks, highlighting potential hazards. Barker's advice is clear and straightforward throughout. Many fixes are outlined, and substandard construction is well illustrated in comparison to codes and standards. The appendix listing of structure failures and the injuries (sometimes fatal) caused by them is sobering. VERDICT This excellent and valuable manual is highly recommended for homeowners and builders.

    Copyright 2017 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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