Officials have said the balcony appeared to have been recently constructed, but the landlord, name removed, did not obtain a building permit. The town code enforcement officer told the newspaper that "the deck had faulty construction and was improperly anchored to the building."
I see a house that is old enough to be balloon framed and doesn't have a rim joist...:thumbsup:...bolted into 3/4" T&G...This was in our news recently last week. 6 People on a deck, injuries, but thankfully no deaths.
What do you see or not see in the picture?
I see the ledger intact to the fallen deck, so my assumption is no bolts to rim board.
Photo from WMTW TV8
And sometimes adding a beam at the house is not only impractical but ugly as well.On new construction decks I’ve always run the deck joists over the wall for bearing and next to a stud or joist to secure too, never butt and hung from lagged ledgers. And for add-on decks that are attached to existing structures above the slab I’ve posted the ledger beams off concrete footings. The lags I did use were mostly to help keep the deck against the building, not hold it up too. I have yet to see one built like that fail.
And sometimes adding a beam at the house is not only impractical but ugly as well.
Attaching it properly to a properly built home will work just fine. I often find then when someone does not understand something they over kill it just to cover their lack of knowledge.
Just watched the video on channel 8's website.
There were six people on the deck when it collapsed,All six were injured, two young girls are in ICU at Maine Medical with serious head injuries.
Contractor who was at the scene of the collapse said that the rim was nailed and not lagged(nailed with what I can only imagine). The deck came straight down (posts?) and then flipped back against the house.
The video says that Code enforcement is investigating. I didn't see any mention of no criminal charges being filed, I think it's probably too early for that, until they investigate. Though I believe whoever built that deck Contractor/ HO/ Hack are directly responsible for those peoples injuries, and should pay the price for thier negligence.
I can't imagine being responsible for someones death/injuries because you didn't spend an extra few minutes putting in a few lags, or bracing your posts properly.
Very true Mark. The one bigtime deck failure here in Austin was only nailed to the wall with a few nails. Permitted job, no one ever called for an inspection. After the city paid for a 2M lawsuit they toughened permit rules/inspections a bunch.
My preference on new construction (and old) is heavy-duty hold-downs and all thread every 20'. That way your house envelope is intact save for a couple of 5/8" holes which can be caulked/flashed etc.On new construction decks I’ve always run the deck joists over the wall for bearing and next to a stud or joist to secure too, never butt and hung from lagged ledgers.
Agree 100%. Deck screws are ok for temp supporting the ledger as you install it, never for perm. structural support. Whereas in this collapse, the nails pulled out causing the ledger failure, deck screws would simply shear - end result is the same...little girls w/ massive head injuries.