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ICC
International Code Council
http://www.iccsafe.org
If you're building a deck or gazebo, chances are that you'll need to conform to the International Residential Building Code (IRC).

NDS
National Design Specifications
http://www.forestprod.org/awc
If you've got an engineering background and are looking for technical information to solve a difficult deck or gazebo construction problem, these books are an excellent resource.

ASAE Post-Frame Building Design
http://www.asabe.org/pubs/PubCat02/agstruc.html
John Walker & Frank Woeste
ISBN: 0-929355-29-6
This book is a good resource for helping to understand overturning and withdrawal resistance of deck and gazebo posts.

Simplified Engineering for Architects and Builders, 8th edition
Harry Parker & James Ambrose
ISBN: 0-471-58703-6

Roof Framing
Marshal Gross
ISBN: 0-9100460-40-X

Simplified Building Design for Wind and Earthquake Forces, 3rd edition
James Ambrose & Dimitry Vergun
ISBN: 0471192112

MBMA 1996 Low Rise Building Systems Manual
http://www.mbma.com
Metal Building Manufacturers Association
1300 Sumner Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio  44115
If you really want to get into the effects of wind and snow loads, this manual is well laid out with lots of examples.

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ASCE Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures
http://www.pubs.asce.org/
ISBN: 0-7844-0445-3
This book of design standards contains a plethora of information. For the engineering types, it is a must, but for everyone else it's probably a bit too much. Most codes are based upon the ASCE standards and having it as a reference is a real help.

Design of Wood Structures, ASD - 4th Edition
Donald Breyer, Kenneth Fridley, and Kelly Cobeen
ISBN: 0-07-007716-9
This textbook has many useful examples and problems that teach engineering basics at an intermediate level. Only for those that really want to learn how to do their own deck or gazebo structural analysis.

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Deck & Gazebo Tools & Software


SawStop
SawStop Table Saws
http://www.sawstop.com
The safest table saw around.

SplitStop
SplitStop Deck Screws
http://www.splitstop.com
"Eliminates Splitting, No Pre-Drilling Either"

StruCalc
StruCalc Design Software
http://www.strucalc.com
If you understand the technical sections on BestDeckSite, you'll love this software. We used it to check calculations and develop our custom deck and gazebo tables.

BoWrench
BoWrench
http://www.bowrench.com/
Push or pull decking boards into place. Cam action locks in place allowing you both hands free to drive fasteners.

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Deck & Gazebo Related Websites


Builders WebSource
Builders WebSource
http://www.builderswebsource.com
Online home improvement solutions for builders, contractors, designers, and homeowners. Software, books, tools, advice, consulting services, BuildersTalk Q&A, TechNotes, and the online e-Book "Building A Dream".

Northline Express
Northline Express
http://www.northlineexpress.com
Quality furniture, firepits, heaters, and other furnishings to enhance and complete your outdoor deck or gazebo project.

Gazebos & Garden Sheds USA
Gazebos And Sheds USA
http://www.gazebos-and-garden-sheds.com/
Cedarshed gazebo kits, shed kits, hot tub enclosures,
garden furniture along with garden lighting, battery candles, and solar lighting.

The Deck Lighting Store
The Deck Light Store
http://www.thedecklightstore.com
Create a wonderful, tranquil outdoor setting from this large selection of quality deck, railing, and landscape lighting.

TreatedWood.com
http://www.treatedwood.com
Information on treated wood.

DeckDesign.com
http://www.deckdesign.com
A truck load of pictures of gazebos, decks, and more.

Forrest Products Laboratory
Forest Products Laboratory
http://www.fpl.fs.fed.us
Everything you ever wanted to know about wood.

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DoItYourself.com
http://www.doityourself.com
Hands down the best source for Do-It-Yourself (DIY) information.

Simpson StrongTie
Simpson StrongTie
http://www.strongtie.com
Nice on-line catalog with pictures of hangers, strapping, brackets for you deck or gazebo. Look under the Contractor section labeled Search & Selection.

USP Connectors
USP Connectors
http://www.uspconnectors.com
Here's another nice on-line catalog with pictures of hangers strapping, brackets for your deck or gazebo. Look under the Catalog section and click on Full Line Catalog.

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Professionals


All Pro Home Services
All-Pro Home Services
http://www.allprohomeservices.com
Professional design services "Where Dreams Do Come True".

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