- What does code require in regards to wood rail post attachment……outside of RB61-13
- Why are some jurisdictions mandating the Simpson or USP bracket…..???
- What is testing results of 2 thru bolts and blocking??
- 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
- 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 ????
May 9th, 2013 was a memorable day for the MN NADRA Chapter. Representatives from every sector of the Minnesota Deck and Rail industry were on hand to support NADRA’s effort to further develop its industry leading CPAC program (Consumer Protection Awareness Charter).
Engaging speakers gave viable, educational information that sparked many valuable conversations for attendees. Presentations were then followed up by tours of Element’s St. Paul facilities, including live testing demonstrations.
Third-Party testing experts were on hand to share their knowledge in the areas of corrosion, environmental, flexural, mechanical and live load testing. Code officials from several local jurisdictions and a representative from the ICC-ES were present to answer questions concerning codes or product evaluation. Product manufactures, lumberyards, distributors and local deck builders were all present to discuss industry issues and learn more of the NADRA CPAC program.
The common message thread; Quality and Approved Tested Products are a must! Whether it is ICC-ES, CCRR or ASTM tested products; all were in agreement, that the world of product testing is convoluted and there is a need for industry standardization.
Please contact NADRA EVP, Michael Beaudry to join the NADRA CPAC effort by emailing Info@NADRA.org
A special thank you to the following MN NADRA contributors:
- Host: Element Materials Technology
- Sponsors: Screw Products, Inc., Williams Architectural Products, Gossen Corp., and Homeland Vinyl Products, Inc.
- Speakers: Barry Johnson-ICC-ES, Stan Hathorn-Homeland Vinyl, Roger Axel-New Hope Code Official and Tom Kolden-Element Materials Technology
Recap of 2013 Group B Committee Action Hearing (Dallas, TX)
Last week the IRC code hearings were held in Dallas, TX. NADRA’s Technical Advisor, Glenn Mathewson represented the association on numerous proposals. This work is just beginning & your support is NEEDED on key issues that WILL effect your businesses and will effect this industry. Your support is encouraged so these efforts can continue on behalf of the membership and industry the association serves. NADRA Headquarters and the entire board would like to personally thank Glenn Mathewson for his time and efforts at these hearings.
May is Deck Safety Month ®
In 2006 NADRA, The North American Deck and Railing Association declared May as Deck Safety Month®. NADRA’s Deck safety program is an effort to improve deck safety awareness!
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Two weeks ago the code proposals for the creation of the 2015 IRC were posted for public review, and NADRA quickly made our industry aware. There are a lot of them to review. In building codes alone there were 1132 pages of proposals.
I have read and skimmed through all these pages and found the proposals related in some way to our industry. These proposal numbers and a brief explanation can be read HERE
There’s some good stuff, some questionable stuff and some…other stuff proposed. I will be at the hearings in Dallas at the end of April representing NADRA and our industry…so let NADRA know what you think. Here are some highlights of what may be ready and waiting for you in the future. I know 2015 is years away…but the decisions are being made now.
RB61 suggests adding various deflection limitations for guards. This is a tough one. Manufactured guard assemblies are already tested to these limits, so it’s generally business-as-usual. It’s the custom built guards that take the hit. How will the inspector verify these limits? How will you know your standard cedar guardrail meets these limits? Speaking of deflection, RB61 proposes to nail down a deflection limit of L/360 for decks. Is that too much for a deck with no ceiling below? Take a look and see what you think of the proposed deflection limits, but give a long read to RB268 as well. Among many other requirements, take a look at how it could affect your guard design and construction. Do these ideas work for you, or could they be refined?
The lateral load tension device provision that is neither required nor validated will get more involved if RB260, RB261, RB262 and RB263 are approved. Should this flawed code provision get further complicated and accepted through new exceptions to what is not even a rule… Should more lateral load methods, based on loads that are yet to be understood, be printed in the ever-growing IRC? Research on lateral live loads has occurred and more sound and validated standards will be produced in the future. Will it be a greater uphill struggle to this goal if this section is made more complicated now?
“Fire separation distance” is the IRC’s version of “setbacks”. Decks have long been ignored in the IRC in regard to how close to property lines they can be built. RB74 and RB75 would end this, and decks and stairs would simply be prohibited from being any closer than 5 feet from the lot line. Should there be an exception for decks under a certain height? RB66 also proposes new fire separation ideas for decks, but they’re less restrictive. Should we interject our experiences and opinions on this topic?
The 2009 and 2012 IRC effectively killed built-in seating at guards with the requirement to measure the minimum 36-inch guard height from the seat. RB145 proposes to eliminate that requirement and bring back some architectural freedom to guard design. How does that one sound to you? Should it get NADRA support? What about eliminating blocking over cantilevers 2 feet or less, as described in RB247. That might help in installing some deck drainage systems.
Well, there’s a start to understanding what’s on the table for the IRC, and I hope it’s caught your interest. There are more than just those. Proposals can be modified during the whole process, so proposals that may have flaws, can be built upon and corrected. As the voice of the decking industry, we have a chance to help build on these proposals and take a hold of the future of our industry.
Please send your feedback to Info@NADRA.org
The time has come again for us to be a part of our future…for you to be a part of your future. The International Code Council released the proposed changes to the 2012 International Residential Code (IRC) on March 11th. The ideas contained in these proposals come from professionals and non-professionals from all corners of the construction industry and from all over the nation and result in the 2015 IRC. Now is the time for the decking industry to review these ideas and see how they affect our industry, both positive and negative.
In only a handful of weeks, I will be in Dallas at the ICC Committee action hearings representing NADRA to speak in opposition or support for any proposals that affect our industry. The hearings run from April 20th to 31st, where over 2,000 individual proposed changes will be discussed.
The decisions made from now until this Fall will be those that determine what code will be published in 2015 and what you will be working under in 2016 and beyond. NADRA needs your help reviewing these proposals to determine which ones matter to us and our opinion of them. Please follow the link found HERE to ICC’s website and choose a PDF to download and begin reviewing. Please keep us informed of your efforts and opinions in the next few weeks, as official NADRA positions on proposals need to be determined well before the hearings. We need your opinions to know our position. Now is the time, and there’s not much of it.
On behalf of the NADRA leadership and membership and most certainly on behalf of myself, I look forward to working together to create our future.
NADRA Technical Advisor
Hello fellow NADRA Members, I recently read an article on one of our manufacture members and wanted to pass
it on. I have been using EZ Stair products for years now, with the large number of decks we build the system works quickly
and adds to the overall quality and long term durability of our decks. The new stair post mounting option discussed in this ICC-ES eNews article about stair rail safety concerns http://www.ez-stairs.com/
How many of you have gone out to an existing deck to talk about replacement or re-skinning and found the stair posts to be strong, safe and capable from breaking someone’s fall? Usually they are calling us because the stairs and rail are no longer safe. It is amazing how the force on the top of the rail is multiplied by the lever action of the post against the stringer.
Quote from the article:
“The post acted as a lever against the stringer,
magnifying the load on each bolt. A 20-pound pull at the
guardrail level resulted in a 120-pound force at the base of the
post and caused the top bolt to pull through the stringer. Once
the top bolt had broken through, the bottom bolt was left to
resist the entire load. The mechanical advantage was further
amplified by the lower position of the bottom bolt, and the final
50-pound pull on the guard rail became a 1,200-pound force
at the base. This was enough to twist the stringer and cause it
to crack longitudinally”
Give it a read, it may change how you think about post mounting. Is a bolt into a cut stringer going to hold up for long term?
NADRA Member, Deck and Basement Co.
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The CCRR confirms NyloDeck’s compliance with ICC-ES™ Acceptance Criteria, AC-174 and ASTM D 7032. Receiving the CCRR demonstrates that NyloDeck has met the rigorous requirements set forth by the International Code Council (ICC), who ensures the safety and reliability of building products and provides safeguards for people at home, at school and in the workplace. The report further documents compliance with the requirements of the 2012 International Building Code (IBC), 2012 International Residential Code (IRC), and the 2010 Florida Building Code (FBC) for deck span ratings.
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NyloDeck is rated for a uniform live load of 100 lbs./psf when installed on support framing spaced at up to 24 inches on center and 200 lbs./psf on framing spaced at up to 16 inches, making it one of the strongest deck products on the market. The unique patented manufacturing process combining recycled carpet fiber with VOC-free resins has resulted in a product with superior strength and durability whose technology has been proven in the marine industry and other building applications for nearly a decade.
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These span ratings also allow for flexibility in design and reduced material costs as deck boards can be run at a 45° angle with 16 inch spacing, rather than 12 inches, which is the maximum for most competitors. This is particularly important when considering the replacement of an existing deck.
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The ICC Building Code Action Committee is considering a very large proposal for deck construction provisions to be included in the 2015 IRC. Anyone is invited to provide feedback, both opponent and proponent, on the proposal. The committee wishes to work on the document with the industry, prior to the hearings next year. Take a look at this proposal and see if you want these provisions to become code? Code, such that any other option is an “alternative” that has to be convinced to the building official over “just doing what the code says”.
You decide, NADRA. What are your opinions about this?
There are some helpful provisions…and some…others. It’s a long document…but it’s very, very serious. Code that comes out of an ICC Action Committee comes with some serious power. Get involved and help NADRA represent our industry in the code development process. We need you.
NADRA is positioned as the voice of the deck, dock and railing industry. Send your input toInfo@NADRA.org.