An unsafe deck, generally looks no different from one that is which is why it is imperative to check it. Most problems are not readily seen and a checklist of items to look for is usually necessary.
Fortunately, Fine Homebuilding provides just such a list.
The interactive list is provided in the form of an image of a deck with 8 items that you mouse over to reveal a pop-up box detailing how to check for that particular potential problem.
You can also download a hard copy pdf of the Deck Evaluation Checklist which is available from the North American Deck and Railing Association website.
Before you fire up the BBQ and get all your friends together, make sure the party doesn’t end in disaster, the check list should take about an hour. That’s an hour well spent.
Think you don’t need the checklist? Test yourself with the Fine Homebuilding Inspector Game for the Dos and Don’t of Decking