If you remember, the Pres and my son built a pergola at my son's house. (sorry for the dark pic...it was really quite late when they finished that day).
Well, while the Pres was there and I was playing with my grand daughter, I overheard a conversation about what it would take to expand their smaller deck off the family room. I smelled another project in the works even before the Pres talked about it on the way home.
So a week later when my son was off, the Pres hit the road solo so they could finish the pergola, dig the holes for the peers for the deck expansion and pour the concrete.
Except, when the Pres and my son began to examine what was there and how it was affixed to the house, the Pres told my son, "This is dangerous...it could collapse any time."
No additional info was needed and they were off to the lumber yard for new pressure treated lumber.
And so they did. A beautiful 10' x 12' deck, staircase (my hubby is a whiz a stairs!!!!) and railing.
Just saying and sharing...
Do you know how many people get injured from decks improperly attached or poorly constructed? A lot. We just watched something about collapsing decks on TV the other day.