precast blocks that are available at home improvement centers usually are 12 inches square and 8 to 12 inches high. simply placing them on the ground or on a poured concrete pad a few inches deep usually isnt enough to comply with codes they must be set at least 12 inches deep in undisturbed soil.
deck blocks are simple. to use deck blocks, level the places where the block will be placed. using a mason's string level, add or remove soil beneath the blocks until they are level from end to end. be sure to pack the earth before replacing the block after each adjustment. ready to build. deck blocks are ready to have the edge of a 2 x 6 placed into it. for corners, deck blocks are built to accommodate 90 degree angles.
the advantage of a floating deck is that it is possible to be moved to any location in the yard. this is by no mean a new instructable, it was done before by timbtodd. the deck that we built is 12'x
how to build a floating deck. our deck was 20 wide so the spacing between beams is 8 with 2 of overhang on both sides. this meant we would need three beams however, there was a bump out in the house that would require another small beam. either way we needed 11 holes for the deck blocks.
the quick answer is yes you can use 2x4s with deck blocks to support your decking. and yes if you do choose to use 2x6s you would have to carefully set that deck block a bit lower into the soil to keep the deck surface level. but i would tell you that using 2x4s as joist is problematic.
if your deck is 6 feet or less with proper post to beam and joist bracing, it is a perfect candidate for a floating deck. this means you have options for your deck foundation that can save you time, money and effort. here are your deck footing options: surface deck blocks; engineered helical piers; ground spikes; ground screw anchored footings
congrats on the 'deck of the month' at dek block just a tiny word on landscape decks and using a floating system. generally to code a landscape deck isn't connected to your home, or above 36
building floating deck using deckblocks free-standing piers i made a 30x30 inch square, dug 8 inches down, laid landscape fabric and extended the fabric out a couple feet in each direction, put in stone dust for a few inches and filled to the top with gravel. then put 24 x 24 patio stones on top. the deck blocks went on that. i have no problems.
in this short video in pictures you'll see how to build a floating deck, a floating deck is a deck that is not attached to the house. it sits on the cement concrete blocks that made for this purpose.
one way to build a ground level deck with simple construction, without breaking the bank, is to use prefabricated deck blocks for your foundation. precast deck blocks take the place of in-ground footings, reducing complexity of construction, time required, and cost. you can build a simple deck in one day using this floating deck system with basic carpentry skills and tools. but before you begin work, check with the local building department to ensure that deck blocks are usable in your area.
how to build a floating deck. then, we laid and leveled 4 concrete blocks for the final step to rest on. it ended up being a little higher than i would have liked but i think we will eventually add a row of pavers or something if the last step proved to be too high.
we knew we wanted to use veranda composite decking as the deck floor. this meant we would need more support to carry the weight, as well as the inherit flexibility these boards have. we also wanted to have as little waste as possible and make fewer cuts so we decided to use the size of the existing boards and created a 16 x 16 footprint.
im going to build a 12x14 floating deck next to my garage. it will only be about a foot high and wont have railings. so basically just a big platform. i was wondering if i could use cinder blocks to
hi there, i'm planning to build a floating deck 18 inches off the ground and am considering using deck blocks as opposed to set concrete supports. building floating deck using deckblocks free-standing piers - redflagdeals.com forums
deck blocks are generally a more temporary simpler type of foundation for free standing or floating structures and used when below grade the top of the soil concrete piers arent needed, wanted or an option. the blocks are frequently used where mixing concrete is difficult to use or transport. deck blocks are
this is a floating deck; it rests on cinder blocks as opposed to being mechanically anchored to concrete piers or attached to either the house or the other deck. more information find this pin and more on pergola awnings shades and decks by rose black .
the blocks should be spaced to make a 7' x 19' rectangle, leaving about 6 inches from each block for deck boards to add another 8' x 20' rectangle. using a string level or laser level, make sure each block is level.
the landing in front of the shed is anchored to it with a ledger board using long lag screws. the shed itself was built on blocks, floating in the same exact manner as the deck. when the frame was completed i used an electric hand planer to remove any high spots to ensure that the decking boards would lay uniformly flat.