Old 07-29-03, 12:37 PM
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Does anyone have any experience using Dek-Block? I am seriously considering using it to build a new deck (no holes to dig) but would like some input if someone out there has used them. Any information (good or bad) would be great.

Old 07-29-03, 04:27 PM
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I've used them on low level decks. They are pricier than a regular pier block, but work just as well. But who told you there are no holes to dig? Dek-Block or a regular pier block, I ALWAYS set them in a bed of wet concrete that is about 10" deep and 14" square. The advantage of Dek-Block over a regular pier block is in low level decks, where you don't have room for a girder to support the joists.

If you have the height, use a regular pier block with 4X4 posts supporting your girders, which the joists will rest on.

Use a Simpson BC40 half base on the pier block, a Simpson BC4 to connect the post to the girder.

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