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    :: Sunday, October 26, 2003 ::

    Virginia Tech Researchers Work To Help Prevent Balcony And Deck Collapses Source: Virginia Tech release
    While there are numerous code requirements for decks and balconies, Woeste and his associates are primarily concerned about the attachment to the house and the openings in the railings and stairs. The 40 psf load requirement produces a heavy shear type loading in a typical deck-ledger to house-band connection. Some deck and balcony ledgers are only nailed to the house band joist, and this approach may not be adequate depending upon the span of the deck joists. If proper flashing is not installed, the wall sheathing and band joist can rot, destroying the original capacity of the nail connection.

    The Sunday Mail QLD: Dream home a horror By PAUL WESTON
    'Those beams holding up the house, there's a 40cm bow in there. I've tried to talk them into leaving because it will come down and they won't have a hope,' said Mr Brayshaw.

    'Blind Freddy can see it's bending like a banana. There's no one more patriotic than me, but I'm disgusted to call myself an Australian because of this.

    'The house will come down like a pack of cards. I'm bloody ashamed of what's happened to this family.'
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