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Old 06-19-06, 07:44 PM
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Is it okay to put the posts on top of the cement even if i build the deck 2 foot over (cantilever style)? Or will it give better support if I bury the posts in the ground? I already asked about the inground or above ground but forgot to mention the deck was going to hang over 2' and want to know if that would make a difference in the way I put the posts as I am hoping to stay above ground.
Old 06-19-06, 07:55 PM
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I would be concerned as to what your local building department will allow. They may have a requirement as to how you build this.
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I agree with nap, you gotta check with what the local building code requires, and that will probably dictate how to plant your posts.

But, without knowing all of the details of your design, you should understand that posts are meant to be vertically supporting members. So, it shouldn't matter whether or not you bury them in the ground.

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Your posts are going to have to be set on APPROVED footings. Setting them on a concrete slab isn't going to fly. Neither will burying wood in the ground.

You will need a 16" square footing that is 12" deep (MORE IF FROST IS AN ISSUE), set a pier block or a Simpson post base in the wet concrete, then post up from there.

Freestanding or the cantilever has nothing to do with it.

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