posts: gravel at the bottom for a few inches, set the post in place with concrete -very easy to do. pier: a solid subterrainian concrete pier will allow for universal post compatibility if you need it if you change your mind since you can use brackets to customize it. you also don't have to worry about deck material health.
post set in concrete. family handyman. even if youre setting deck posts in the ground, instead of on top of footings, the concrete still needs to extend below the frost line.
re: should deck posts sunk in concrete or above ground? set on post bases above ground for us. however, i know several reputable deck builders that do embed the post in the ground--not necessarily in concrete, but on a buried concrete footing and then fill around the post.
the foundation of a deck and the way it's connected to the deck itself is critical to making them last for decades under the right conditions.
then, pour the concrete around it. this gives you post connectors exactly where they need to be. after the concrete sets, just remove the beam, put the posts in, and put the beam on top of them. simple. if the posts are all the same height you can put short pieces of post between the deck and the beam.
for structural or load-bearing applications, such as concrete footings for deck posts, or for securing any post in sandy soil, follow the steps on pages 59 to 60, using concrete forms to build the footings or set the posts.
i'm curious as to how you all handle your deck posts and footings. i've always poured the footings to grade and then attach the posts to the footers with some type of post base. but i've seen as late as yesterday a builder placing the post in about a foot of concrete in the footer hole and then filling the remainder up with dirt.
thanks to quikrete fast-setting concrete mix, theres no need to mix pour the dry mix into hole and soak with water. concrete will set hard in 20-40 minutes great for fence posts, mailbox posts, basketball posts, deck posts, lamp posts, and swing sets here are your step-by-step instructions for setting posts in concrete see more
the cedar 4 x 4 railing posts were set into concrete in the ground and were all rotted away. im gonna relocate the support posts and not run them through the deck for the railing dont really feel like digging up the old concrete footings . the deck is ground level with a 2 x 12 structure. i dont build alot of decks,
the holes for the fence posts must be deep and wide enough to allow you to pour concrete in. once the concrete dries, it acts as a solid support beneath the ground. pouring concrete for fence posts is more difficult in cold weather, as freezing temperatures can damage the concrete as it sets up.
remember to follow local code for deck posts. there are several methods for setting posts. one way is to pour concrete in the post hole, set the post on the concrete and backfill with gravel. to help prevent rotting, this deck will have wooden posts attached to concrete footers above ground.
the buried post footing. the pressure treatment companies insist that these posts will last longer in the ground than the deck frame that is built above it and this practice is accepted by the irc code. the buried post method offers the advantage of reducing the amount of concrete work required for each footing and actually provides additional
build a deck that will last for years to come by properly installing deck posts. first off, mark where deck posts will stand in the yard. there are several ways to set deck posts; we recommend attaching the posts to concrete footers above the ground. this helps to prevent wooden posts from rotting. set footers a minimum of 6 below the frost line for your area to prevent movement during freezing temperatures.
a deck post should always be placed on top of footing, not inside concrete because it can break. the photo on the left shows a post set in a bracket that has been mounted to the top of a footer. the photo on the right shows a post that has concrete poured around it, which can lead to a crack like you see here.
i really prefer post bases for decks over putting the posts in concrete; it's a much better way of going. i like the beefy ones like the epb66hdg, but simpson makes a lot of different ones. here's a trick for getting them right. dig the footing holes, and then temporarily attach the connectors to the beam.
if you are building a deck, barn or some other structure, there is zero reason to concrete around the post. you really need the concrete in the bottom to distribute the weight into the ground. the structure will minimize lateral movement.
why deck posts should not be set in concrete. the photo on the left shows a post set in a bracket that has been mounted to the top of a footer. the photo on the right shows a post that has concrete poured around it, which can lead to a crack like you see here. when concrete is poured around a deck post in this way, the post will rot due to moisture buildup by the soil.