Deck Safety and Maintenance

In this 64th episode of About the House with Troy Galloway, Troy celebrates National Deck Safety Month by explaining what goes into making a sturdy deck and how to ensure it lasts a lifetime. Find out how to avoid water and termite damage.


5:40 In 1995 100+ people were injured in Wentzville, MO when a deck collapsed following a Grateful Dead concert
7:03 Decks are designed to handle a lot of weight
8:20 A deck doesn’t necessarily have to be attached to the house
9:30 Support posts
11:16 Attaching ban boards to the home and the deck
11:30 Removing the siding to attach boards and bolting patterns
12:55 Sway bar attachments cut down on movement
14:00 Flashing and treated lumber
15:00 Deck lower than the door
19:30 Joist hangers
20:47 Don’t use roofing nails on the deck and avoiding rust
28:30 Decks have movement
29:35 Stringers for stairs
31:00 Galvanized metal straps
32:00 Support post, concrete piers, and frost lines
37:06 Decking material and handrails
39:08 Treated and sealed wood
41:30 Keeping decking tight together
43:07 Deck coating used to hide rot and unsafe conditions
45:35 Ground level deck and no flashing means termites
46:19 Concrete is cheaper than a ground level deck

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