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Deck Workshops

Deck Workshops are live, interactive demonstrations presented by top industry experts.

These demos and sessions cover a range of topics including:  deck building, digital marketing, managaing leads, water quality, and more. 

Picture-Perfect Baluster Layout


Tuesday, November 16 | 10:45 am – 11:30 am 
Instructor: Mike Guertin

Custom-built wood (red cedar or pressure-treated) deck guardrail systems are attractive and cost-effective.  And unlike manufactured railing systems, the baluster layout on a cedar guardrail can be adjusted between the structural guardrail posts so the spacing appears equal even if the posts aren't equally spaced.

See how to make a simple layout jig that automatically micro adjusts baluster spacing for visually attractive installation every time. And learn what the building code requirements are for deck guardrails and how to fabricate them for strength and durability.


Leak-proof Ledger Flashing


Tuesday, November 16 | 11:30 am – 12:15 pm 
Instructor: Mike Guertin

Wood-framed decks are typically secured to house via a 2x wood ledger that's screwed or bolted to the house.  To protect the house framing from water leaks and rot the ledger must be flashed well.  This flashing system protects the wall behind the ledger and at the ends of the ledger, seals the top of the ledger, and redirects water on the top of siding where it can drain and dry.

See approaches to minimize trapping debris between decking and flashing and encourage water to drain away from the house. And for a bonus learn how to flash cantilevered wood joists at the face of the wall to protect this vulnerable location.


Deck Ledger Attachment: Codes and Installation Practices


Tuesday, November 16 | 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm 
Instructor: Mike Guertin

Wood deck ledgers can be fastened to the house using bolts or screws.  Learn what the code listed fasteners are and how to follow the tables and illustrations in the IRC that define how far do can they be spaced apart, and where they're located on the ledger and rim joist.

Also see what proprietary screws are available and how their installation differs from the code listed fasteners. And learn the important installation practices required for each.  There's a lot riding on a deck ledger and they are often cited as the point of failure in deck collapses so make sure yours are installed securely.


Challenging Deck Ledger Installations - and Solutions


Tuesday, November 16 | 1:45 pm – 2:30 pm 
Instructor: Mike Guertin

There are numerous wood deck ledger installation situations that prevent us from using bolts and screws.  Sometimes it's due to the way the house is framed and other times it's due to the exterior cladding. Fastening a wood deck ledger to homes with brick and stone veneers, stucco / EIFS or exterior insulation is simplified by using proprietary and engineered systems. 

These mounting solutions enable wood-framed decks to be attached to the house and eliminate the need for decks to be self-supporting and the additional footings that would be required.

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Deck Lateral Load Reinforcement


Tuesday, November 16 | 3:15 pm – 4:00 pm 
Instructor: Mike Guertin

Wood deck ledgers can be fastened to the house using bolts or screws.  Learn what the code listed fasteners are and how to follow the tables and illustrations in the IRC that define how far do can they be spaced apart, and where they're located on the ledger and rim joist.

Also see what proprietary screws are available and how their installation differs from the code listed fasteners. And learn the important installation practices required for each.  There's a lot riding on a deck ledger and they are often cited as the point of failure in deck collapses so make sure yours are installed securely.

Sizing Wood Deck Joists and Critical Installation Details


Tuesday, November 16 | 4:00 pm – 4:45 pm 
Instructor: Mike Guertin

How far can a wood deck joist span?  Learn how to decipher the IRC joist span table to size a joist for a given span and loads, learn what the limits are for cantilevering a joist, and see where the joist span is measured from and to - they may not be where you expect. 

And learn what the building code and hardware manufacturer requirements are for fastening wood joists to beams and joist hangers.


Picture-Perfect Baluster Layout


Wednesday, November 17 | 10:45 am – 11:30 am 
Instructor: Mike Guertin

Custom built wood (red cedar or pressure treated) deck guardrail systems are attractive and cost-effective.  And unlike manufactured railing systems, the baluster layout on a cedar guardrail can be adjusted between the structural guardrail posts so the spacing appears equal even if the posts aren't equally spaced. 

See how to make a simple layout jig that automatically micro adjusts baluster spacing for visually attractive installation every time. And learn what the building code requirements are for deck guardrails and how to fabricate them for strength and durability.


Deck Guardrail Post to Frame Connections


Wednesday, November 17 | 11:30 am – 12:15 pm 
Instructor: Mike Guertin

Most decks use wood guardrail posts as part of a site-built guardrail system or as the structural support for manufactured guardrail systems.  And the weakest link in a guardrail system is usually the connection between the wood posts and the deck framing.  Most commonly installed connections don't transfer the loads into the framing firmly enough to meet the building code or guard manufacturers' test load requirements.

See common wood guardrail post to frame configurations that have been tested to meet these criteria using metal hardware and structural screws.


Deck Ledger Attachment: Codes and Installation Practices


Wednesday, November 17 | 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm 
Instructor: Mike Guertin

Wood deck ledgers can be fastened to the house using bolts or screws.  Learn what the code listed fasteners are and how to follow the tables and illustrations in the IRC that define how far do can they be spaced apart, and where they're located on the ledger and rim joist.

Also see what proprietary screws are available and how their installation differs from the code listed fasteners. And learn the important installation practices required for each.  There's a lot riding on a deck ledger and they are often cited as the point of failure in deck collapses so make sure yours are installed securely.


Challenging Deck Ledger Installations - and Solutions


Wednesday, November 17 | 1:45 pm – 2:30 pm 
Instructor: Mike Guertin

There are numerous wood deck ledger installation situations that prevent us from using bolts and screws.  Sometimes it's due to the way the house is framed and other times it's due to the exterior cladding. Fastening a wood deck ledger to homes with brick and stone veneers, stucco / EIFS or exterior insulation is simplified by using proprietary and engineered systems. 

These mounting solutions enable wood-framed decks to be attached to the house and eliminate the need for decks to be self-supporting and the additional footings that would be required.


Leak-Proof Ledger Flashing


Wednesday, November 17 | 3:15 pm – 4:00 pm 
Instructor: Mike Guertin

Wood-framed decks are typically secured to house via a 2x wood ledger that's screwed or bolted to the house.  To protect the house framing from water leaks and rot the ledger must be flashed well.  This flashing system protects the wall behind the ledger and at the ends of the ledger, seals the top of the ledger, and redirects water on the top of siding where it can drain and dry.

See approaches to minimize trapping debris between decking and flashing and encourage water to drain away from the house. And for a bonus learn how to flash cantilevered wood joists at the face of the wall to protect this vulnerable location.


Sizing and Designing Wood Deck Beams


Wednesday, November 17 | 4:00 pm – 4:45 pm 
Instructor: Mike Guertin

How far can a wood deck joist span?  Learn how to decipher the IRC joist span table to size a joist for a given span and loads, learn what the limits are for cantilevering a joist, and see where the joist span is measured from and to - they may not be where you expect. 

And learn what the building code and hardware manufacturer requirements are for fastening wood joists to beams and joist hangers.


Deck Lateral Load Reinforcement


Thursday, November 18 | 10:45 am – 11:30 am 
Instructor: Mike Guertin

The IRC requires that decks that are supported on a wood ledger be designed and built to resist lateral loads - primarily those that pull the deck ledger off the wall of the house.  The most common connection solutions fasten the deck joists to the framing of the house and circumvent the deck ledger and house rim joist. 

Several prescriptive solutions are available to meet the lateral load resistance required by the code.  We'll look at the two general approaches and how to make them work whether you're building a deck on a new house or an existing one. 


Deck Guardrail Post to Frame Connections


Thursday, November 18 | 11:30 am – 12:15 pm 
Instructor: Mike Guertin

Most decks use wood guardrail posts as part of a site-built guardrail system or as the structural support for manufactured guardrail systems.  And the weakest link in a guardrail system is usually the connection between the wood posts and the deck framing.  Most commonly installed connections don't transfer the loads into the framing firmly enough to meet the building code or guard manufacturers' test load requirements.

See common wood guardrail post to frame configurations that have been tested to meet these criteria using metal hardware and structural screws.


Sizing and Designing Wood Deck Beams


Thursday, November 18 | 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm 
Instructor: Mike Guertin

What size beam do you need to span between posts?  There are several factors that influence the determination and you have choices.  See how to use the code beam sizing table to select the right beam for a deck design. 

Learn how the new 'effective joist span' adjustment factor table is applied when sizing a beam.  See what the code-required fastener pattern is when building up a multi-ply beam and what the options for attaching a wood beam to wood posts.


Sizing Wood Deck Joists and Critical Installation Details


Thursday, November 18 | 1:45 pm – 2:30 pm 
Instructor: Mike Guertin

How far can a wood deck joist span?  Learn how to decipher the IRC joist span table to size a joist for a given span and loads, learn what the limits are for cantilevering a joist, and see where the joist span is measured from and to - they may not be where you expect. 

And learn what the building code and hardware manufacturer requirements are for fastening wood joists to beams and joist hangers.