Critical Deck-Framing Connections

with Mike Guertin

In this 10-part series, home-building pro Mike Guertin outlines the details you need to make a deck safe, solid, and code-compliant.

This course is available for immediate, on-demand viewing.

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Course Overview 

Over the last 15 years, deck-building codes have gone from one paragraph to more than 11 pages, and that’s where this series of videos comes in. We take you through all of the critical deck connections required by code, including fastener and hardware options for each connection, how each works to keep you safe and the deck structure intact, and some helpful installation tips along the way.

These hardware and fastener options are as much about lateral loads and uplift as they are about solid bearing surfaces.
Learn the pros, cons, and proper placement of ledger bolts, lags, and structural screws.
A trio of hardware options for installing a ledger-supported deck over non-structural claddings.
Mike Guertin provides a comprehensive overview of code-approved solutions for supporting the structure and loads of a deck.
Follow the complete deck ledger installation process from prep to fastening to flashing.
Get an overview of post-to-beam hardware choices for single, double, and triple beams.
With joist hangers, it’s all about placement, flange style, and proper fastening.
Get to know the options for this structural insurance policy, meant to tie the deck to the house without relying on the ledger.
See all the fastening options for rock-solid deck railings: inside the rim, outside the rim, and surface mounted.
Learn several fool-proof methods for supporting and connecting stringers and guardrails when building an outdoor staircase.

Critical Deck-Framing Connections


Course Includes:

  • 10-part series
  • Downloadable resources

Critical Deck-Framing Connections

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Mike Guertin

The only thing I like better than building new homes is remodeling old ones. After about 40 years tackling every facet of residential construction from excavation and foundations to interior finish and tilesetting, I'm still challenged every day to find more efficient ways to build things better.I've been lucky to be able to share what I've learned from others through hundreds of articles, books, videos and live events - like Fine Homebuildng, the Journal of Light Construction and Professional Deck Builder magazines; and JLC Live, the Remodeling Show, IBS, IRE and other trade shows and numerous lumberyard events.

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