Deck footing question


Old 07-08-12, 07:35 AM
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Deck footing question

I'm looking to build a 10' x 15' deck in which the decktop will be 8"-12" off the ground.

It will be against the house, but most likely free-standing.

At such a low height, do I still need to dig and pour concrete footings or can I use the pre-made footing blocks?

Old 07-08-12, 11:17 AM
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Without a doubt, in your location, you will need footings. The ground will heave and drop with the changes in the weather and so will your deck, it's just that the deck will do it at different intervals and will break apart. You want your deck to be straight, plumb and square for its lifetime.
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Yep, dig and pour the concrete footings to several inches above ground and sink brackets into the footings for the deck posts so you have no wood sitting in or on the ground.

Free standing is the way to go, I agree with that thought process.

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