Most decks are supported by posts and whatever is underneath that post can be considered a post footer. The essential function of a post footer is to increase the surface area over which the weight of the structure is disbursed. The weight of the deck, usually measured as dead load, live load, and snow load, is transferred downward through the post. By using a footer at the bottom of your post-hole, the weight is spread over a larger area, preventing the post from sinking. AG-CO, a NADRA member, makes FootingPad®, an innovative composite post footer.
Other critical measures related to footers include:
-Compressive and tensile strength of the material used in the post footer
-Size of the footer
-Size of the post
-Distance between the edge of the post and the edge of the footer
FootingPad is thoroughly tested by NTA, an independent engineering lab. FootingPad is ICC code compliant (ESR-2147). Click here for a pdf copy of the report.
FootingPad makes building easier, faster and is a proven replacement for concrete in most applications. See more at footingpad.com
Reminder to all handrail and guard manufacturers, in June 2017 ICC-ES approved significant revisions to AC273, Acceptance Criteria for Handrails and Guards. NADRA recommends if you have an evaluation or code report for your product in accordance with this acceptance criteria you should contact the agency providing the report on how these changes will affect you.
In addition, due to these changes in AC 273, your Code Committee is interested in your input for discussing possible similar updates to AC174.
If you have feedback and information on your positions please send into: firstname.lastname@example.org where it will be forwarded to the NADRA Code Committee.
Making NADRA top of mind as we head into 2018
As I sit here typing this, I’m looking out my window. Palm trees and Christmas lights. Gosh, I love Florida this time of year. Our short winter consists of a 68 degree high and 48 degree low cold front. My son is on the back deck screaming “GO AWAY COLD FRONT, GO AWAY! Mom, when will it be summer again?” Kid, you wouldn’t last a day up North. (shaking my head.)
For those of you that don’t know me, I’m Heather. My role with NADRA is everything marketing, communications, programs and events. We are a tight-knit group at NADRA Headquarters. Actually, we are family. Most of my family is located in Pennsylvania, just North of the Philadelphia area. I’m the lucky (or smart) one that lives on the West coast of Florida, in the beautiful, small town of Venice
This time of year is busy for all of you. Between your own family schedules, crazy tradeshow season, and year-end deadlines; it’s not easy getting your attention and planning ahead for 2018 with the Association.
The MOST important thing to us, is YOU. Regardless of our resources or staff size; we need your support, and we need you to take the time to connect with us. Please call us and spend 10 minutes sharing your latest projects, product line, or event. Allow us to walk you through the benefits that come with your membership. Let us show you the new media kit for 2018. I guarantee that a short conversation with someone at HQ, will give you a renewed sense of appreciation for your membership in NADRA.
NADRA is launching an Instagram account in early 2018… so keep your eyes open for that announcement coming soon.
Please keep us in mind as you head into 2018.
We have a rare & genuine care for all of our members. We want to see you grow your business. The best way we can help you, is to make sure you are utilizing all of the available benefits and sharing your news with the industry. Whether you launched a new product and have a press release to share, or you want to share an inspirational story about how you expanded your business from 1 crew to 3 crews and added two more trucks this year. Our members can learn from your achievements… and your mistakes. We all have the same goal here, and that’s helping families play outside… one deck at a time.
If you’re ever in South West Florida, please reach out to me!