Building Codes

New Code for Deck Support Posts Below Grade

Glenn Mathewson digs into the new code requirements for installing concrete... More

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How Close Can a Mantel Be to a Fireplace?

Different standards apply to mantel and surround clearances, depending on whether... More

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The Cocoanut Grove Fire, Lessons Learned

How a 1940s Boston nightclub fire impacted building and fire safety codes in... More

Dropping the Deck Ledger

A safe and efficient way make the deck flush with the first floor. More

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Inspecting the Inspectors

We asked readers to weigh in on the building code enforcement process in the... More

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Building a ‘Removable’ Deck

How one deck builder creatively accommodated city regulations More

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Inspecting the Building Inspector

JLC wants to know how the pandemic has impacted the permitting and inspection... More

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Deck Design Improves Under the 2021 Building Code

Glenn Mathewson explains how the 2021 IRC's new post sizing table will lead to... More

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Connecting Guard Posts to Deck Frames

Mike Guertin shows how screws and blocking can be used to make guard post... More

Guards, Handrails, and the 2021 IRC

Glenn Mathewson explains the new code requirements for guards and handrails on decks. More

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