The Maine Deck Bracket is designed to attach to decks, steps, signs, or any item to buildings. Protects against rotting and insect damage to sills and siding. Maine Deck Brackets allow attachments without creating openings or pockets for water, debris, or insects to enter. Brackets should always be mounted to a solid framing member, not to just sheathing or rotted framing. Failure of the mount could result. Deck and building construction should be in compliance with building codes. Recommended spacing for brackets is 4 feet, with a maximum of 8 feet spacing. Use one half inch diameter bolts. Carriage bolts should be used where possible. Otherwise, use lag bolts that are penetrating into at least six (6) inches (150 cm) of SOLID wood. Be sure to use washers. DO NOT merely screw to siding, as this will lead to catastrophic failure, and possible injury or death. Solid aluminum construction. Will not rust. Made in the U.S.A.
There has been concern about pressure treated wood on the Maine Deck Bracket being made of aluminum. The problem is the copper content in the treating process and the reaction between dissimilar metals. It is recommended to simply staple felt paper, poly, or other material that would not allow direct contact with the wood where the Bracket contact point would be before installing. This should eliminate any problems with the use of the Maine Deck Bracket with treated lumber.
See ICC Evaluation Service Inc. Research Report No. ESR 1331