Deck Boards

Look at the deck boards. 2x4’s on end. Not to mention the lattice in the railing.

It may be unconventional but other than the gap between 2x4s and the hazard for those wearing high heals, I don’t see a problem.

The lattice is of no concern either assuming it’s well supported.

Others may see it differently so let’s hear some other opinions and why it’s a problem.

Lattice not approved little people can climb it .
. No idea how the ledger board is fastened but do not see any flashing to stop water getting behind the board and causing decay .

Could you indicate where that is stated?

They would have to be infants.

The spacing is 1-1/2"

(" They would have to be infants. ") Exactly…

Do not care where it is stated it is a safty hazzard I will always write it up . CRA
Cover Roys A…SS

So you can site no code or standard of practice?

Say what you want.

Broken window same thing if it is dangerous and I see it I write it up. CRA

A big ice sicle hanging from the gutter gets written up… CRA

For deck, balcony, patio floors more than 2’ off the ground: Canadian NBC essentially bans it by not including it through requiring balusters spaced no more than 4" apart. Also requires that there be no horizontal framing or infill railing pieces from 4" to 36"…these act as footholds/ladder rungs for the older than toddler group.

I would have a hard time believing that handy work does not also include some major issues with the deck structure underneath.

I agree Bruce but we haven’t shown anything else.

Everything underneath appeared to be OK. The house was built in '50 so the rail was up to standards for that time. But not for todays standards.


Have you completed the NACHI Deck Inspection course? Very good information and it is FREE.

Todays standards will not hel if some one is hurt seriuosly .

You know you’re a redneck when you use 2X4’s (on end) for walk-boards.

If I was a buyer, the decking would be unacceptable to me. Therefore, I’d pretty much say so in my report.

I’m OK with the lattice, if it’s in good condition and the thick type.

All decking material shall be composed of dimension
lumber (2” nominal thickness) or span rated decking in
accordance with the American Lumber Standard
Committee Policy for Evaluation of Recommended
Spans for Span Rated Decking Products (November 5,
2004). Attach decking to each joist with 2-8d common
nails or 2-#8 screws. Space decking boards
approximately 1/8" apart.
See Figure 11 for decking
connection requirements at the rim joist. Decking may
be placed from an angle perpendicular to the joists to an
angle of 45 degrees to the joists. Each segment of
decking must bear on a minimum of 4 joists.
Decking not meeting the above requirements may be
substituted when the product has been approved by the
authority having jurisdiction."