This program will allow the industry professional the opportunity to employ the ability to safely evaluate a deck using the NADRA Deck Evaluation checklist.  The NADRA Deck Evaluation checklist has been developed specifically for industry professionals as a comprehensive tool to be used to properly assess the safety issues of a deck.


After the Deck Evaluation Class the individual will understand how to analyze the following deck components and issues and more;

  1. Stairs

  2. Footings and Posts

  3. Joists

  4. Joist Connections

  5. Girders

  6. Ledger Connections

  7. Deck Boards

  8. Handrail Assemblies and Guards

  9. Recognize proper and improper fasteners

  10. Assess hardware or material corrosion

  11. Review of the safety standards of all (decks, stairs, guards) structures

About Jim Mailey, Instructor

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Presenter Biography

Jim Mailey, Training Manager, Simpson Strong-Tie

Jim Mailey is the Midwest, Northeast and Mid-Atlantic market training manager for Simpson Strong-Tie   

•Jim is considered an expert in safe, outdoor wood deck construction and is an advisor on structural issues for the North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA).

•Since joining Simpson Strong-Tie in 1992, Jim has given hundreds of presentations to more than 25,000 design professionals, building officials, home inspectors, builders, contractors and dealers.

•He has been doing education to home inspectors since 1998 and was the 1st person to provide a complete program on what to look for on a deck to home inspectors at InspectionWorld in New Orleans in 2008.  Additionally, he was the 1st person to provide deck education to contractors for NADRA. 

•He has written articles about deck safety for the ASHI Reporter and NAHI Forum home inspector publications and has written for ThisIsCarpentry about deck construction.  He has been quoted in numerous contractor magazines and internet articles about deck safety.

Jim earned a B.A. in Biology from Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania