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Old 05-23-00, 11:37 AM
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I have a 6X10 cement patio out the patio door of the house(5 inch step down). We have been talking about either extending the cement patio (boaring) or building a very low deck that will go around the corner of the house. Questions: is this practical, the deck would be below 30 inches high...which means that we would be stepping up onto the deck? Would I have to attach it to the house and/or dig posts or neither? I have heard that posts are not required. What are the concerns about not attached and no posts?
 
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Old 05-23-00, 09:08 PM
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