Deck Building Basics (RV-10120)

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More than a million decks are built and replaced each year in the United States. While decks are a popular feature of many homes, the construction and safety of decks has become a real concern within the building industry. Improper deck building has resulted in a growing number of deck failures and related injuries and deaths. While decks are required to meet certain code standards and load capacities, it’s estimated that of the 40 million existing decks, only half are code compliant – leaving 20 million decks that need to be rebuilt or retrofitted. This 1-hour interactive online deck framing course was created to help design and building professionals build code-compliant, safe decks and is intended for a beginner level student. This course focuses on the critical connections involved in deck construction and what the code requires for these areas. It is intended to help designers, contractors, inspectors and do-it-yourselfers ensure that their decks are properly constructed per the International Building Code® (IBC) and International Residential Code® (IRC). The course includes a complete deck connector system that covers all the hardware needs for deck construction and references the International Residential Code & International Building Code to ensure it meets current requirements.
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Residential Design
Health, Safety and Welfare
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At the conclusion of this course, you will be able to:
Recognize how improper deck building has resulted in a growing number of deck failures as well as related injuries and deaths.
Employ the ability to safely inspect your deck.
Appraise how the deck is designed to carry weight.
List which types of fasteners are acceptable and which ones are not, due to their size, composition or intended usage.
Apply a system of key connections throughout the deck framing, also known as a continuous load path, as well as comprehend how a continuous load path operates.
Assess how to properly combat corrosion.
Select hardware or fasteners for deck construction.
Choose the right critical connection for the right section of decking.
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