columns for shelter / gazebo on 4" slab


Old 06-16-06, 05:15 AM
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columns for shelter / gazebo on 4" slab

I have a 13' x 13' slab, 4" deep. I want to build a shelter / gazebo. Simply 4 columns and a roof.

What is the best way to anchor the columns (4x4 wood)?

I hear I may have to break part of the slab (where the columns would go) and dig it 24". Is this the correct procedure?

I am in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Hurricane country.

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Old 06-16-06, 09:01 AM
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Check your building code locally to see what is required.
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columns for shelter / gazebo on 4" slab

You will have to worry about uplift and the horizontal wind force.

For lateral resistance, you must go deep in the ground and/or diagonal bracing in two directions. I would imagine your code addresses these two basic points.

Bolting to the slab won't fly. - or maybe it will make it fly (LOL).

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Make it a tiki hut. It will blow away in a hurricane, but at least it won't damage your neighbors when it does so.

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