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For deck railings, they need to be
secure with posts that are properly
braced and bolted down at the bottom,
don't lean out from the deck, and have
little to no movement if you wiggle
them. There are no official field-approved tests to judge the strength of a
deck's installed railing, so use common
sense - if you aren't sure the railing
could stop someone from going over
if they tripped and fell against it "with
force" then it's probably in need of repair or replacement. If the wood posts
are heavily notched, or if the balusters
are simply nailed to the side of the deck
without a lower rail, or if the top board
holding it all together is coming loose
at the corners... these are all indicators of structural compromise to your
deck's railing and indicate the need for
resolution.
For stairs, we look for secure connections at the top and bottom to limit
the framing from moving away from
the deck's structure (metal bracing or

brackets are generally a good sign, if
they are properly installed), strong stair
treads and risers that aren't loose, and
of course safe and secure railings. If
the framing under the steps is twisted,
cracked, split, or rotted, please repair
or replace these items immediately!
It can't be stressed enough that if at any
point you have any hesitation, concern,
or question about how your deck was
built, or is performing, please, PLEASE
seek out a qualified inspector, deck
professional, or structural engineer.
Your family is too important.

These resources can be found at
www.nadra.org. NADRA's "Check Your
Deck" program has been a tremendous
step forward for our industry, and
with May now officially "Deck Safety
Month," we have seen consumer awareness go up, which should improve
keeping decks safe, secure, and part of
a terrific "backyard experience" all year
long.

While this is a quick overview, the
NADRA website offers numerous deck
safety tools for both consumers and
pros, including an illustrated inspection guide, a 10-point deck safety
checklist, a directory of inspectors, and
a professional decking safety toolkit.

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