DIY options for dumping debris of a Deck Tear-dowm

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DIY options for dumping debris of a Deck Tear-dowm

1) Is there a cheaper option beside renting a dumpster for a deck tear-down? I checked out TheBagster (saw at HomeDepot) but I'm not sure its big enough BUT the next option seems to be very pricey ($400)

2) My deck stairs (not tearing it down) doesn't seem to have the proper Post support. The posts were not installed properly, instead of digging a hole, filling it with cement and setting the post, the posts are just sitting on top of the ground. I don't use my deck so I didn't notice this (I bought a fixer-upper). Is it possible to set the post correctly without have to tear-down the stairs and start over?

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Rent a U Haul or some other company rental and haul it to dump yourself.
 
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Yes you can reset the post. You can buy jack stands to support the deck as you remove the old post and set the new one. You can also make some temporary supports. If the deck is in decent shape it might be good to save it. It may add value to the home and who knows as time goes on you may want to use it.
 
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Reuse it?

I'm a realtor, so seen lots of houses, and the good-bad and ugly of diy decks.

Best re-use idea I've seen was a somebody who cut the old deck free from the support posts,
and slid it down the posts so that the old deck was laying on the ground/gravel, then built the NEW deck (much bigger) with a drain system over the old deck.

The space between the old deck and the new deck was sectioned off with latice work screens.
So, the OLD deck became the floor of a under-deck storage shed - the lawn mower, the above ground pool & pool equipment, BBQ grill etc.
 
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Rent a U Haul or some other company rental and haul it to dump yourself.
Thanks for the tips, I didn't think of the U-Haul Idea, so I'll make some calls. I also did some research and will be calling a recycle center, if its available in my area.
 
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Originally Posted by Hal_S View Post
Reuse it?

I'm a realtor, so seen lots of houses, and the good-bad and ugly of diy decks.

Best re-use idea I've seen was a somebody who cut the old deck free from the support posts,
and slid it down the posts so that the old deck was laying on the ground/gravel, then built the NEW deck (much bigger) with a drain system over the old deck.

The space between the old deck and the new deck was sectioned off with latice work screens.
So, the OLD deck became the floor of a under-deck storage shed - the lawn mower, the above ground pool & pool equipment, BBQ grill etc.
Neat Idea, but I won't be rebuilding a new deck right now and its a lot of wood so far.
 
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Yes you can reset the post. You can buy jack stands to support the deck as you remove the old post and set the new one. You can also make some temporary supports. If the deck is in decent shape it might be good to save it. It may add value to the home and who knows as time goes on you may want to use it.
Ok, have I mentioned I need things explained to me like I'm 5 . I'll try to post a pics when I get home, but you are saying that I can reset both post of the stairs? Its a raised ranch ergo the stairs are on the top level, so I'm guessing a jack stand would be too short for it, right?
 
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I'm guessing a jack stand would be too short
Probably so but there are other means of doing the same thing. Basically you just need to temporarily support the deck while you replace the post.
 
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So as always, nothing goes as planned and a issue comes up...none of the stairs posts (not deck, stairs) are cemented into ground. Here is a picture...the deck (28ft X 14ft) has been torn down but I left the stairs in place (stairs start at the door and you had to come down the stairs to get to the deck).

I know a permit is required if a contractor is hired to do the job, what if I want to attempt this myself(with brothers help)? Yes, I know I have to call my city for exact building requirements....they will be coming by to inspect the deck so my guess is that the stairs won't pass an inspection.

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So the city inspector did confirm what I already knew...none of the posts to this stairs are cemented into the ground, a good push had it wobbling. I have to fix this and my brother's vacation is over so they're left

I may have to hire this one out but I'll watching videos on this after I make progress on my bathroom (have this going as well). Any tips/suggestions are welcome.
 
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What is your frost line? It's better to dig/pour a footer along with a post anchor than to embed the post in concrete.
 
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What is your frost line? It's better to dig/pour a footer along with a post anchor than to embed the post in concrete.
Sorry I don't understand what you mean (underlined) .... I still learning "deck" terms & concepts

40 inches which is why the Code states the post must be 42 inches. I have to get a permit for this and it is suppose have these details as well as any other specifications.
 
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At 42" you want to dig down and use a sonotube which you would fill with concrete. The post anchor would be set in the wet concrete and once dry you'd attach the post.
 
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At 42" you want to dig down and use a sonotube which you would fill with concrete. The post anchor would be set in the wet concrete and once dry you'd attach the post.
So I had to google a couple of items you mentioned in the post lol!

I think what you're saying is that I have to dig 42", then set concrete using the sonotube and at the top add/insert the post anchor so essentially the post anchor would be set in the concrete ....and the anchor would be at ground level. Next step is to attach the current post to the post anchor?

Did I get it right? Its time to sleep, I'll check back later. I've made no progress on the bath walls...juggling to many things at the moment.
 
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I prefer to have the top of the sonotube several inches above grade. That gives the wood protection from the weedeater and it won't set in snow/moisture as long.
 
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