New IRC Code Changes
As you may be aware the ICC has recently adopted resolution RB159-06/07 which includes paragraph R502.2.2.2 Deck Lateral Load Connection. In addition to lag screws it is now required to add a lateral tension device to the ledger connection transferring lateral loads directly from joist to joist. These changes will be included as municipalities update their adoptions of the ICC code.
DeckLok is the only anchoring system specifically designed and patented for lateral loads!
A drywall screw would not be used to hold a ceiling fan box or electrical conduit as plumbing. Therefore a hold down bracket should not be used as a lateral anchor!
Although each shares the same basic shape as the proper material, there are critical properties engineered into each product to perform the intended function.
Lateral anchors are specifically engineered to maximize the performance of the deck-to-house foundation assembly. The engineering of the DeckLok anchor is designed to resist pull out, providing additional strength and durability through the deflection of DeckLok’s tri-fold feature. DeckLok’s offset bolt pattern maximizes the strength of the wood framing members by bolting through two different wood grains.