“Simpson Strong-Tie was honored to be invited by the Niagara Frontier Building Officials to speak at their annual conference on January 23rd. Doug Stercho (Simpson Strong-Tie Territory Manager), Chuck Frisicaro (Simpson Strong-Tie Sr. Dealer Rep for Western NY) and Jim Mailey (Simpson Strong-Tie Technical Training Manager and NADRA Structural Advisor & Educator) all had a major part in the success of this program.
The subject was on Deck Construction and the class was 6 hours long. There were 379 people in attendance and the class was primarily made up of code officials from the Niagara Frontier region. Although, there were numerous comments in the beginning about a class that is 6 hours in length on decks, those same people were amazed at how much was covered, how much there is to know about deck construction and how quickly the time seemed to pass. At the end there were a lot of people requesting more information and asking if there are other classes on deck construction that they could attend. The NADRA Deck Evaluation checklist, the best document currently available for assessing new and existing decks, was a big hit along with some of the other literature provided.”
I am extremely pleased to let everyone know that the recent Deck for a Soldier® project for the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans, went very smoothly and was completed in just a few days after obtaining the permit. Several NADRA builders and suppliers all got together to create this beautiful curved deck on the home.
MVAC’s program director and administrators were extremely thankful and really could not believe that a program like ours exists. They were overwhelmed when they thought about how many veterans will use this great outdoor space.
I would like to thank, from the bottom of my heart, everyone involved in this project for their time and or materials. A special thank you goes out to Pat Noonan from Deck and Basement Co. for taking on the responsibilities of leading this project and Rick Wooton from Crossroads Remodeling for his contributions to the NADRA National Deck For A Soldier® committee. Many gave so freely to this project that it was inspiring to all. We certainly could not have gotten this project without the support of the best teams in the decking industry. NADRA Rocks!!
NADRA National Deck For A Soldier® Committee – Chairman
Listed below are all of the companies and individuals who donated their time and materials:
Simpson Strong-Tie has redesigned the award-winning EB-TY® hidden deck fasteners for premium wood decking in both residential and commercial applications. The new EB-TY® Premium Hidden Deck-Fastening System™ provides professional builders and do-it-yourselfers a unique method of fastening deck boards that leaves the fasteners virtually invisible.[JM1]
“With the warmer weather, deck building is ramping up. The new EB-TY Premium Hidden Deck-Fastening System produces not only a more visually appealing deck surface, but one that’s extremely strong and durable,” said Scott Park, Simpson Strong-Tie senior product manager.
EB-TY® Premium™ is the ideal fastening solution for ensuring structural durability without detracting from the beauty of a deck’s finished appearance, especially when working with high-end decking materials such as exotic hardwood, cedar and redwood. The biscuit-shaped fastener installs inside a slot cut in the narrow side of the deck boards, and is reinforced with a stainless-steel plate for enhanced holding power. The steel plate also prevents over-driving of the screw, and has angled screw holes that guarantee a direct connection of the decking to the joist. Along with this added strength, the fasteners also maintain the necessary flexibility to accommodate seasonal contraction and expansion of the deck boards. Combining this innovative design with the EB-GUIDE predrilling guide creates a system that not only has hidden strength, but is also precise and easy to install.
Each EB-TY Premium Hidden Deck-Fastening System kit includes:
EB-TY Premium biscuits
EB-GUIDE predrilling guide
Type 305 or Type 316 #7 stainless-steel trim-head screws with black-painted heads
One-eighth-inch (1/8″) impact driver–ready, quick-release drill bit
New Decorative Hardware Brings Strength and Beauty to Outdoor Living Structures
Outdoor Accents® decorative hardware is a new line of connectors and fasteners from Simpson Strong-Tie that provides both design elegance and structural strength to custom outdoor living structures. This load-rated, patent-pending hardware accommodates 4x and 6x lumber sizes, providing the flexibility installers and Designers need when designing and building custom outdoor structures.
The new mission style connectors, which include post bases, strap ties and angles, are made from galvanized steel with a black powder-coat finish for corrosion protection. The fasteners are all exterior rated and also feature a black powder-coat finish.
A key feature of Outdoor Accents is an innovative hex-head washer that is used with a structural wood screw to offer the look of a bolted connection with the installation ease of a screw. The patent-pending design of the washer makes for an easier and significantly faster installation compared to through-bolting. It is code listed (IAPMO UES ER-192) and is designed exclusively to help fasten Outdoor Accents post bases, T and L straps, and angles.
“We are excited to offer our customers such an attractive hardware line that combines easy installation with load strength,” said Sam Hensen, vice president and general manager for Connectors and Lateral Systems.
Key features of Outdoor Accents:
Post bases secure wood columns to concrete, while providing a 1″ standoff height that helps reduce decay
Flat T and L strap ties bring decorative appeal and lateral strength to outdoor living spaces as well as indoor projects
Fastener and washer create decorative bolt-like connections, but install with the ease of a screw and without predrilling
Structural strength tested and approved to meet stringent building codes for high-wind or seismic conditions
Galvanized steel with a black powder coat provides corrosion protection
I am extremely pleased to let everyone know that the Northeast Regions Deck for a Soldier® build went very smoothly and was completed in four days. The build started on Monday, January 16th, 2017 with a crew from three separate builder member companies. We installed the Trex Elevations steel framing, along with the help from several Trex and distributor representatives. Tuesday was supposed to be a wash-out of a rainy day, but several of us gathered, installed the stairway platform and cut all of the stair stringers. Wednesday, we had crews from four builder members and we installed the decking, stairways, some fascia trim and the Andersen sliding door. We also had representatives from Fortress Railings, Fiberon, and AZEK helping out. Thursday, we had two crews, plus representatives from Trex, Wolf Home Products, Fortress Railings and Excelsior Lumber, Inc. that helped install the last of the fascia trim and the railings. We were lucky enough to have spiked the interest of a local newspaper and also the TV station News 12, New Jersey. We also received coverage from The Daily Record, you can read more & see photos / video here.
Our Soldier was extremely thankful and really could not believe that a program like ours exists. He was overwhelmed when wheeled out on the deck for the first time and was able to look around his neighborhood. Kyle added: “The Deck for a Soldier® program has been top notch. Really great crew. I couldn’t even imagine something like this existed where people are just giving away decks for people but it does,” Chappell says.
I would like to thank, from the bottom of my heart, everyone involved in this project for their time and materials. Many gave so freely to this project that it was inspiring to all. I continuously heard the following words, “Whatever you need for this project, just let us know”. We certainly could not have gotten this project done without the support of the best team in the decking industry. NADRA Rocks!!
NADRA National Deck For A Soldier Committee – Chair Person
Listed below are all of the companies and individuals who donated their time and materials:
– Trex Decking & Steel Framing
– Fortress Railings
– Simpson Strong Tie
– Starborn Industries
– Eastern Engineered Wood Products
– Excelsior Lumber
– Abbe Lumber
– Fox Lumber
– Zuidema Portable Toilets
– Boonton Township
– Jeff Fleischer, Architect
– Lunch was provided by Trex, CPG/AZEK, Fiberon and the Soldier’s mom
– C. Verblaauw & Sons, LLC
– My Deck
– Barrett Outdoors
– Deck Remodelers
– Legends Built
– All American Decks
– North Jersey Custom Decks
– Decks by Kiefer
Bob Kiefer & Helper
Tim Van Vaketis
– Manufacturers Reserve Supply
– Fortress Railing
– Wolf Home Products
– Excelsior Lumber
– Mid-State Lumber
January 18th, 2017 UPDATE:
Well, everything has fallen into place and we were able to start our Deck for a Soldier® build in Boonton Twsp., NJ on January 16th! The Township has waived the permit fees except for the DCA fee. We’ve had a local builder member offer to help out and dig the footing holes on Saturday 1/7/17.
We had a footing inspection on 1/11/17 and we completed the pour right after that along with the bottom of the stairway landing. We have several builders lined up to help out with this build for the four days that we anticipate the build to take, but we can always use more. If anyone else wishes to help out please go online to fill out a pledge form found here, or contact Bruce V. at BruceVerb@njdecksandrailings.com.
Thanks to our awesome manufacturers, distributors and lumberyards, all of the necessary materials have been donated. Be on the lookout for pictures and more on NADRA’s Facebook page.
Bruce Verblaauw NADRA National – Deck for a Soldier ® Committee Chair
January 4th, 2017 UPDATE:
We want to start out by wishing everyone a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!!
We just wanted to let everyone know that we will be starting the Deck for a Soldier® build in Boonton, NJ on January 16th, weather permitting. This project is located a little way off of Route 287 about 10 minutes north of Morristown, NJ. This deck will be built using Trex Elevations Steel Framing, so if any of you would like to learn some of the ins and outs of working with this product, please let us know so we can schedule you to volunteer to frame. Of course we will need help for about 4 days in order to complete this build and help tying up loose end to finish is always needed. If you have already filled out a labor pledge, please let us know what day(s) that week work best for you or your crew. We are also hoping to dig and pour the 10 footings required for this deck either late next week or very early the following week so that the concrete has time to cure before we start building. We would appreciate if we could get a few guys to help dig these footings. We have some builders but can still use a few more to step up and help out with this build. If you are interested in helping and have not notified us or completed an online labor pledge, please email us or click on this link. We will try to keep a steady flow of help on the project so that we do not have too many workers on any given day.
Thanks to all of our manufacturers, distributors and lumberyards, all of the materials have been accounted for. The one thing that has not been supplied yet is a Porta-John.
As we hear back from each of you, we will put together a schedule that best fits the needs of the build and will be back in touch with you soon.
Thank you very much for your support and help,
Judy Verblaauw (on behalf of)
NADRA National Deck For A Soldier® Committee Chair
December 2016 UPDATE:
With the holidays just around the corner it is the time of year to think about giving in the old fashioned tradition for the holidays, donating to a great local cause and giving back to the community where we make our living. The NADRA Deck for a Soldier® program is about to kick off it’s Northeastern build on 1/16/17, weather permitting. We are planning to get a start right after the first of the year and install the footings prior to this build date. We have almost all of the materials accounted for except for some concrete form tubes, a Porta-John, and some small hardware. If anyone can help us with these last few things it would be greatly appreciated. Lastly, we can still use a few more builders to step up and help out with the build. If anyone can donate time to help out on this project please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can fill out the online form to make your pledge of material, labor or even a monetary pledge for various unexpected expenses right here.
We will start to send out emails in order to figure out who can help on which day in the near future. This will keep a steady flow to the project and keep from having too many workers on any given day.
Simpson Strong-Tie Presents a FREE Training Workshop with CEU’s in King of Prussia, PA
Tuesday, October 27th at 7:00am
Deck and Porch Workshop:
This FREE workshop is designed for those Engineers, Architects, Building Officials, Contractors, Distributors, Deck Builders, and Home Inspectors interested in learning about bringing structural safety to deck building.
Continuing Education Credits:
6 Professional Development Hours (PDH) awarded
Continued Education Units (CEU) 6 contact hours, are offered to those who meet our workshop completion requirements. You must also attain a passing grade on the online test association with this workshop, if you are required to earn CEU’s.
Please contact your certifying licensing organization or agency directly to inquire if they accept CEU’s from IACET providers or require PDHs, only.
Class Outline Topics:
Discuss how to provide a Continuous Load Path for a Deck and Porch based on the American Wood Council’s DCA6, International Residential Code and International Building Code.
The following topics will be covered:
Fasteners for Outdoor Applications, Deck Ledger Connections, Framing, Guard(rail) Connections, and Corrosion Considerations
NADRA’s 2015 Atlanta Golf Outing Brings Over 60 Industry Pros Together
From James Gunning, NADRA Atlanta Chapter President:
I am trilled to recap on Atlanta’s first NADRA golf outing that we had on Monday, June 15th at the Brookfield Country Club in Roswell Georgia. NADRA members showed their support despite the brutal 95-degree temperatures with 100% humidity, on a Monday during the busiest time of year…we still Had 60+ golfers attend what turned out to be a pretty competitive golfing journey.
Festivities began with a shot gun start at 1:00 in the afternoon (peak heat) – so what is the solution to proper hydration supply for the finest NADRA golfers? 20 cases of water and Powerade backed up with plenty of beer and booze of course! I want to give thanks our beverage cart sponsors PMC and Wolmanized Outdoor Wood, as well as all of our official golf outing sponsors:
Wolmanized Outdoor Wood
PMC Building Supply
Stock Building Supply
Screw Products, Inc.
Metro Building Products
Southeastern Underdeck Systems
Simpson Strong Tie
Guardian Building Products
Without the support of all our sponsors, local chapter members and the help from NADRA HQ – the Beaudry’s, we could not have pulled off such a fun and well-attended event.
NADRA National Board Member, and active Atlanta member, Heath Bowman said, “The golf outing was great. A lot of us don’t get to see each other outside of chapter meetings. It’s fun to catch up in a different setting and have a good time with friends in the industry. It also helps create awareness. NADRA does a lot for the industry, and many of the guests who played, got a chance to see the benefits of being involved with a group like ours. Obviously, networking is a huge part of it, and all of us work hard to stand out in a very competitive industry. But even more important are the friendships beyond the word. At the end of the day, the work we do is to add enjoyment in the lives of the people we work for. Events like the golf outings are a great reminder that we can have fun while we work hard.”
We finished the evening with a wonderful southern style buffet and awards ceremony.
The blistering weather apparently helped the golf scores heat up. Two teams finished with a score of 55:
After a scorecard playoff, Team Outback was given the winners trophy with Team Trex as runners up.
On Hole # 3 the closest to the pin award was given to Lamar Lea of Decksouth – 20” from the hole
On Hole #15 the closest to the pin award was given to Blake Buckler of PMC – 42” from the hole
On Hole #18 the long drive award was given to Ty Nowell of Universal Forest Products – 348 yds ( ouch! )
Several attendees told me that this golf outing was one of the best they have ever participated in; others (even the country club) could not believe that this was our first tournament. I was so pleased to hear that the common opinion was that the event was ran extremely well and I’ve got to say, we could not have done that without the help of John Lea and Mike reasons of Decksouth. John, thanks for letting us attend your club. It was fun and I am looking forward to the next one!
See you all August 18th at the Ivy in Bulkhead meeting start at 6:00!