NADRA Code Update by Glenn Mathewson

Code Update , By Glenn Mathewson
“NADRA has submitted public comments for the Public Comment Hearing (formally the Final Action Hearing). Links to public comments are posted below. As always, NADRA welcomes feedback from our members.”

RB6 Public Comment

RB262 Public Comment

RB264 Public Comment

RB265 Public Comment

RB465 Public Comment

RB26-13 Public Comment

*** ICC Group B Public Comment Hearings take place  Oct. 2-10 , Atlantic City Convention Center — Atlantic City, N.J. Register HERE

Please check back to NADRA’s Code Page on for all updates on Code and how NADRA is participating. Click HERE to view.

Vision: Safe decks with well-thought-out engineering and a common sense practical approach to code requirements.

Code Mission Statement: To advance and protect industry interests in the code development arena and to promote member involvement; to promote governmental and agency reliance on NADRA as a voice for the industry; to create and maintain relationships with key government agencies and code officials; to be a forum for the discussion, study, and investigation of proposed and existing model code development, federal and state legislation and programs, and to report such findings to the Board of Directors and the Membership.

This section of NADRA’s website is dedicated to building code requirements and best building practices related to outdoor living structures.

Here you will find references to help you interpret code topics, links to jurisdiction websites for licensing and code requirements, and much more.

NADRA is always looking to add to the information provided in this section of the website, so please feel free to suggest a link by clicking here.

NADRA NJ Chapter Deck For a Soldier in Brick Township

NADRA NJ Chapter Deck For a Soldier in Brick Township Update:

The plans of the approved design are now off to be sealed by the Architect and will be submitted to the township very soon. The starting date of this build has been set for Monday 9/23/13 and will run for that entire week or until it is completed.

There are donations that are still needed, so please if you are a builder, supplier or manufacturer who can help us with the following materials or physical labor please contact Gustavo de la Cruz at We are in need of the following materials:

  • Paving bricks, stone base and sand for a small patio next to the deck
  • Beam hangers for steel framing
  • Post to beam connectors
  • Stair stringer connectors and screws
  • Of course there are many more small things necessary to make the build happen so if you can help, please call Gustavo to check what may still be needed.
  • We are also looking for more labor donations from our builder members, so lets go builders, please call and donate some time, it will give you a great feeling to help a deserving veteran.

We want to say thank you to all of the manufacturers who have already stepped up to the plate with donations, like Trex for their Elevations steel framing, Fiberon for the decking, Niece Lumber for the pressure treated lumber, Regal Ideas for the railings, I-Lighting for the lighting. We also want to thank all of the builders, who are in the middle of busy season, have stepped up and pledged time to build this project. Again if there is anything that you can help us with, it will be greatly appreciated, please just coordinate it with Gustavo. Last but not least, thank you Gustavo de la Cruz for taking the lead on this build and Robert Lasalle for supplying the plans for this deck. The Board has also received another application from a D4S candidate and is currently looking into the feasibility of a northern NJ build in late fall. If you have any comments on that build, please contact Bruce Verblaauw at or 201-327-7864.

Perennial Wood Introduces New Touch Up Pens


Amy Lewis,, 651.450.9222

Julie Goetz,, 952.452.3663




 KINGSPORT, Tenn., July 29, 2013 Touching up incidental scratches and blemishes on factory-finished Perennial Wood™ decking is easier than ever with new color-matched touch-up pens, now available for no charge from Perennial Wood. The pens are color-matched to each of the four Perennial Wood decking finishes: Mahogany, Cedar, Redwood and Cape Cod Gray.

  The new color-matched touch-up pens are an extremely convenient way to cover small nicks and scratches in Perennial Wood decking,” said Jim Flickinger, market development manager for Perennial Wood decking. “A full quart of stain is great for finishing end cuts but it’s not practical for smaller jobs. That’s where these touch-up pens come in. They cut the time and messes involved with quick jobs, and help keep decks looking their best.”

The touch-up pens are currently available at no charge to homeowners who complete the form under “Contact Us” at These pens complement the quart-sized Perennial Wood Deck Finish available wherever Perennial Wood decking is sold. Read More HERE

Code Question from a NADRA Builder

The below inquiry came in from a NADRA Maryland Deck Builder. With permission from Dave, we opted to post this publicly so we could accept replies from fellow members and industry leaders. Please reply in the comments section. There will be an approval process, so give us a day or two to post your comments. Thank you!
  1. What does code require in regards to wood rail post attachment……outside of RB61-13
  2. Why are some jurisdictions mandating the Simpson or USP bracket…..???
  3. What is testing results of 2 thru bolts and blocking??
  4. Can the  “FRANK”  VT  testing be published or accessible for use by all jurisdictions or is it only for sale to those who benefit????  Seems to be yet another PRIME example of how code is more a for profit industry and not for the public good
  5. Why are we being forced to spend on average $200.+ on hardware and 3 hours of time + to install this crap when EVERYONE BUT code officials and testers know that 2 bolts and proper blocking would meet the  code requirements of RB61-13  ????
David Lombardo






Railing Dynamics, Inc.                                                                            For Immediate Release

135 Steelmanville Road

Egg Harbor Twp., NJ 08234

Phone: 800.488.7245

Press Contact: Carol Lyn Groce



(EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, NJ) United States, July 1, 2013- Railing Dynamics, Inc. (RDI) announces the release of their new Endurance® Original Rail, Titan Pro® Rail, and RDI Metal Works® installation videos, now available on the company’s website at and YouTube,  The videos demonstrate how to install these popular products in short, easy to follow videos, with tips and tricks to make installation simple.

According to Vera James, RDI Customer Service, “Even though our printed instructions are pretty easy to follow, there’s nothing better than seeing a video of the real thing. Not only do these videos help installers, but they also serve as convenient tools for our sales team while presenting our products. We work with our products every day, so we know how easy our products are to install; now potential customers who aren’t too familiar with us can see just how easy installing our product is as well.”

RDI’s release of our videos on YouTube is the latest addition in the effort to make its information easily accessible to its customers. According to Carol Lyn Groce, Marketing Communications manager for RDI, “Between our website & blog, Facebook page, Linked In page, Pinterest page, Twitter page, YouTube, and our new mobile site, it will be almost impossible for anyone to have difficulty finding us.” Groce commented that RDI fully welcomes and encourages their customers to call them, but understands that for many people sometimes contact via internet is just as easy. “Another great thing about social media is that it can be entertaining to see our posts and pictures too; it can really be a good vehicle for us for sharing a bit of ourselves with not only members of our RDI/Barrette family, but to our outside associates as well.”

The above mentioned sites may be accessed at:

RDI Blog –

Facebook –

Linked In –

Pinterest –

Twitter –

YouTube  –


About Railing Dynamics, Inc.:

Since 1989, Railing Dynamics, Inc. has been a leading manufacturer of low-maintenance building solutions. As the Pro Dealer arm of Barrette Outdoor Living, RDI services 2-Step Distributors and Lumber Dealers nationwide. RDI’s products include the Endurance® Original, Deck, Porch and ADA continuous handrail lines, Titan Pro® vinyl-clad metal railing systems, and RDI Metal Works® pre-assembled, metal railing. For more information on RDI, or to find the nearest distributor, call (877) 420-7245 or visit



NADRA June Atlanta Chapter Meeting Re-Cap

NADRA Atlanta Chapter Meeting Re-Cap                                                                                              

June 2013

It was another successful meeting for the Atlanta NADRA Chapter on Tuesday, June 18th held at the Ivy in Buckhead.  Even with the busy season, summer vacations and our crazy weather we still had 35 in attendance with several visitors and one new member – Artistic Remodeling.

We caught up on the minutes from last month, heard from the treasurer that we are still in good standing and also discussed some updates from the code committee.  We will set aside time in the August meeting to thoroughly review the current proposed code changes for Georgia and we will give time for questions and follow up from Steve Matrangos, Craig Dickerson and Rick Goldstein on these issues.  If you would like a copy of the proposed prescriptive changes that are in place then please email Craig Dickerson at (  and he will forward you a copy. We announced the kick off for Deck for this year’s Deck For A Solider build.  Scott McCawley of Dixie Plywood will be the lead for vendor participation and David Tibbetts of Atlanta Decking & Fence will be the lead for builder participation.  Scott has contacted Operation Homefront our partner in securing a deserving military family and we will be a initiating a write in contest with them in the coming weeks.  Please email Scott ( if you are interested in participating with materials and David (via Ginny)( if you are interested in participating as a builder.  This is one of the highlight events that we participate in every year and it is a very rewarding event for all those that take part and for the chapter.

Special thanks to Joey Matthews and Mark Guthrie of FastenMaster for sponsoring this month’s meeting.  Mark gave an informative and interesting presentation centered on deck failure and examining proper deck building to avoid failure.  We also had a great presentation from David Ellis our featured speaker of the evening.  David is the Executive Vice President of the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association and he gave us an overview of the primary function of the Home Builders Association and also spoke on the current market conditions and future of the new construction market in Atlanta.  We hope to continue and to further our participation with the Atlanta HBA in the future and become the Deck resource for their members. Special thanks to David for agreeing to be with us this month. Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday – August  the 20th at the Ivey  in Buckhead.  Our sponsor for the meeting is Dixie Plywood and our guest speaker will be the President of Dixie – Danny Bachman

Respectfully Submitted

Keith Compton / Chapter President

NADRA New Jersey Deck for a Soldier ® Update

Hello NADRA NJ Chapter Builder, Supplier and Manufacturer Members,
With the thoughts of this past Memorial Day still fresh in our minds, and what it stands for, the NJ D4S Committee would like to call our chapter to action for the 2013 Deck For a Soldier project slated for early this fall , with a ribbon cutting scheduled for Veterans Day, 11,11,13.  We are asking for volunteers of skilled workers from our Builder members, and just as importantly, donations of materials from our Supplier and Manufacturer Members.  This is a great opportunity for everyone involved to say thank you to our Armed forces who keep our country safe day in and day out, and who put our freedom above their own safety.
The local soldier is Sean O’Connor from Brick, NJ.  He served 20 years in the Marines and Army National Guard.  He did 3 combat tours and is now retired.  He was in Desert Storm and retired as a Sergeant First Class with many metals of honor.  He was also an instructor at Fort Dix.
For all Volunteers and Material Donations, please contact NADRA Headquarters at or 215-679-4884
 Headquarters will then pass the information on to the D4S committee.
A very deserving Thank You needs to be said to our Committee Chair Gustavo delaCruz of Barrett Outdoors and Robert Lascelle of My Deck, for their many hours of time already spent getting this project up and running for our chapter!!
Committee Members:
Gustavo delaCruz – Chair Person
Robert Lascelle
Jennifer Sheridan
Mike Schwartz
Martin Coffey
Bruce Verblaauw

NADRA New Jersey Chapter May Meeting Recap


The NADRA NJ Board would like to thank everyone for attending our meeting on Tuesday, May 21, 2013.  We know that this is the height of busy season so we really appreciate everyone taking the time to join us.  We had a great meeting.

We want to give a very big thank you to our sponsor, Aeratis Porch Flooring, Roy Pieroni and Chris Tidwell.   Chris showed us the high percentage of porches on new homes compared to a decade ago.  He explained that the porch flooring comes in three different styles, Classic, Traditions and Heritage.  Aeratis also produces fascia boards and they will soon be introducing stair treads.  Their product is historically accurate and approved for use in historic restoration.

Gustavo delaCruz and Robert Lascelle showed us the plan for the deck for the D4S build.  Jen Sheridan suggested using glass panels in the railing for viewing the pond that this soldier has by the existing deck.  We are looking for manufacturers and vendors to donate materials such as framing, decking, railing, lighting, possible pergola if it is wanted and etc.  If anyone is interested in donating time or materials, please reach out to Gus delaCruz at    We are planning this to be a fall build with ribbon cutting on Veteran’s Day.

Our next chapter meeting will be on Tuesday, July 16th and will be sponsored by Techno Metal Post.


Judy Verblaauw

NADRA NJ Secretary

LinkedIn Group Discussions for the Building Industry Pro:












LinkedIn Discussion Fundamentals for the Building Industry Professional:

                                   …How to properly post a discussion in a LinkedIn Group.

By: Heather A. Marchand, NADRA National Program Coordinator


So you have a LinkedIn company profile? Nice work! But now you want to let everyone know about everything you’re doing … all    the    time.

Here is why this isn’t helping you:

LinkedIn groups have management settings that do one of two things:

  1. The group moderator accepts all new discussions without approval, or
  2. The group moderator controls which new discussions are accepted, or posted in the “promotion” section.

If you post to a group that automatically accepts new discussions, your discussion is approved right away and an email is distributed automatically to all group members.

You’re trying to reach building industry pros, correct? So, you are posting the very same discussion on 3-10 different groups within your industry that many times have the same group members or at a minimum 50-75% of the same members. Most group moderators choose option 1; so new discussions are distributed automatically. Do you know what this means? … It means that our inbox is filled with 3-10 emails of the same notice about your same discussion promoting your product, service, sales pitch. Now that we’ve been spammed with your message, we don’t even want to read what you posted… and so we don’t.

Posting the same discussion in all of your LinkedIn Groups is not the right approach.

So how should you use LinkedIn Groups for marketing?

Well, a discussion is just that, a discussion! 



  • The action or process of talking about something, typically in order to reach a decision or to exchange ideas.
  • A conversation or debate about a certain topic.

Start by sharing something we want to read and reply to. We use LinkedIn for professional networking & development; so say something we care about or want to learn about.

Here are a few easy tips to follow to get the most out of your

LinkedIn experience:

  1. Connect with the companies you purchase from or sell to. Make alliances.
  2. Join a group(s) that is relevant to your industry.
    • LinkedIn will offer you suggestions for groups based on your connections. You can also perform a search. Once you find a group you want to be part of, you will be prompted to fill out an application to join the group. Some group settings allow you to automatically join, and some require approval.
    • Example: Here is the link to NADRA’s Group: Join Now. Once you request to join it will go through an approval process and you will receive a notification once you have been accepted.
  3. Engage in the right discussions!
    • If you have a blog, share your stories on LinkedIn. But don’t post it to the same 5 groups on the very same day. Switch up the stories and give it some time.
    • Ask questions & stir up conversation! (Try not to be controversial)
  4. If you are running a contest on another social channel, share your link and tell your LinkedIn connections what you are giving away.
  5. Show your value. Take time to reply to other discussions and offer your insight – but do it without a commercial! Don’t try to sell yourself or your product… just be helpful and it will sell itself.
  6. If you are launching a new service or product, and you just want to scream it to the virtual world… by all means, go for it! But this time, try to offer a reward or incentive to your connections for sharing your news! It’s easy and makes it fun for your followers.
  7. Lastly, reach out to the groups you want to share news with. Chances are, they WANT to share your stories, news, events and contests… most companies are begging for stories to post, especially via social media! Do it in a professional manor. Send them a private message and ask how you can work more closely together. You wouldn’t hound the company in person, would you? … So don’t do it online.

Follow a few of these guidelines & nobody will be saying, “Not this guy again!”

The ProWood Desperate Deck Contest

The ProWood Desperate Deck Contest!

How desperate can a deck get? That’s what ProWood wants to know. ProWood is giving desperate deck owners across the nation a chance for a deck makeover through its ProWood “Desperate Deck” Contest. As part of the contest, ProWood is asking homeowners to write a short essay and upload pictures of deck in their most desperate state – damaged, unstable, color-worn … whatever they deem as desperate. One desperate deck will then be selected to receive a $20,000 makeover with ProWood lumber and accessories. The contest runs from April 15 through June 15. Visit and the ProWood Facebook page for all the details.