September 13, 1987 |
Warminster resident Henry E. Brandenberger of Greene Road spent three weekends building a sun deck in the back yard of his home. After a ruling by the Warminster Township Zoning Hearing Board Wednesday night, he won't have to spend three weekends tearing it down. The board voted, 3-0, to grant him a variance for the deck. Two years ago, Brandenberger received a variance from the zoning board to demolish his grandmother's house and construct a new one. Brandenberger told the board that he had "incorrectly assumed that the variance covered the building of the deck.
June 8, 2007 |
Question: I have a 400-square-foot deck that is in need of restaining. The deck is about five years old and is made from pressure-treated lumber. Four years ago, I pressure-washed with a detergent/cleaner and applied a semitransparent stain with UV inhibitors. The deck takes full afternoon sun. Is it as simple now as pressure-washing and restaining, or more than that? Water still beads up in some (very limited) locations on the deck. Answer: Since, in my opinion and from my experience, you did all the right things from the start, you might be able to get away without power-washing this time.
July 29, 1996 |
A birthday party ended abruptly yesterday afternoon when the deck of a house collapsed, injuring 19 people. Fire units from the Longwood Fire Company responded to the scene, on East Lafayette Drive, shortly after 1:30 p.m. and found victims ranging in age from 8 to 70. They had been standing on a rear deck that had fallen from the second story, said Fire Lt. Ryan McQuiston. None of the injuries was believed to be serious. Five people were lodged between the fallen deck and the house following the collapse, fire officials said.
August 29, 1991 |
Five people received minor injuries Sunday when a wooden deck collapsed at an Upper Moreland duplex in the 1000 block of North York Road. The injuries ranged from a head contusion to a fractured tailbone, according to a spokeswoman from Abington Memorial Hospital. Everyone was treated and released. The deck fell approximately 8 feet, according to police, who said 11 people were on it when it collapsed at 12:31 a.m. Sunday. They were celebrants at a birthday party for apartment resident Wayne Deebel, 24, who was treated and released from the hospital for cuts on his arm. An Upper Moreland police spokesman said the deck, on the north side of the apartment, collapsed under all the weight.
March 3, 1988 |
After some deliberation, the Easttown Zoning Commission approved an application permitting construction of a 500-square-foot deck at the rear of William O'Hara Jr.'s house at 405 Rock Creek Circle in Berwyn. The application was submitted at a commission meeting Monday by contractor Charles Viola Jr. on behalf of O'Hara. Viola and O'Hara sought approval for the deck, which will also serve as an emergency exit from the house, after learning that three of the deck's four footings would extend 3 to 4 feet into the township's flood-plain setback, where building is prohibited.
January 10, 1991 |
The construction of a wooden deck for an education program at Tyler Arboretum in Lima will begin this month. The deck will be paid for by the Daniel B. McLaughlin Jr. Memorial Fund, which was set up after the 20-year-old Wallingford man died in an accidental fall from a train trestle in Swarthmore in July. (That tragedy was compounded last Thursday when George Plummer, 20, of Rose Valley, a friend who was with McLaughlin when he fell, jumped to his death from the same 80-foot-high trestle.
January 22, 1989 |
John Dalina says it's ironic that a single nail has delayed the completion of the deck in the back yard of his home along Tanglewood Drive in the Gwynedd Knoll development. That same nail kept him cooped up in hearings before the Lower Gwynedd Zoning Hearing Board for three hours last week and three hours last October. That nail inspired three lawyers to debate the length of his back yard and how many trees were there before he and his wife, Ruth, made settlement on the $355,000 home and moved in last March.
September 18, 1988 |
It was a matter of taste at Haverford Township's Zoning Board meeting Thursday night, as angry residents charged applicant Paul Kotrotsius with having built what was, in their opinion, an ugly deck on his house. "We were told this would be a nice thing to look at, and instead, there is a huge monstrosity like it should be on someone's estate," said Carol DeVito, whose husband operates a dental office behind the Kotrotsius property. The applicants bought the property on West Chester Pike 2 1/2 years ago. It has since been sold but has not gone to settlement because of controversy over the deck.
July 31, 1988 |
Some people install metal fire escapes for a quick exit from the flames, but Upper Moreland Township Commissioner James Gould will be taking a more suburban approach. A second-story wooden deck would do just fine, Gould told the Upper Moreland Zoning Hearing Board. He and his wife spend most of the time upstairs in their Mallard Road home, he said. A fire could sweep right through the house, and they might not be able to get out, he said. Rather than attach an unsightly fire escape, he said, he would prefer a deck so they could flee via the tree branches, he told chuckling board members.
July 10, 1986 |
Of the 20 most frequent home improvement projects, the addition of a solar greenhouse and a wood deck are gaining in popularity. But when viewed strictly as an investment, the backyard deck is a far better improvement than the sun space, according to a study by New Shelter magazine. In terms of its cost-recovery rate, the pressure-treated wood deck now ranks ahead of a major kitchen remodeling, a remodeled bathroom and even a major energy upgrade, the magazine reported in its June edition.