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    Should I bury my posts in the required 30 in holes or fill the holes with concrete and place the posts above ground? Pros and cons?

    Deck is in central Maryland and less than 4 feet above grade.

    Thanks for feedback you may have.
    Last edited by GS8212; 08-19-2014, 06:52 PM. Reason: Additional info

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    Re: Deck Posts - above ground v. buried

    Yep, sounds good. Just be careful you don't disturb the worms, they are now on the endangered species list.
    Gary

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    • #3
      Re: Deck Posts - above ground v. buried

      Of course it goes witbout saying I'll start a thread on the art and science of worm protection........poor things.....

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        Re: Deck Posts - above ground v. buried

        around here we don't bury wood. Treated Posts on pier/footing minimum 3' deep.
        Gary

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        • #5
          Re: Deck Posts - above ground v. buried

          Sona Tubes above ground with Simpson connectors.

          This comes in handy sometimes. Note - PT spans may have changed - check an up to date reference - So. Pine Council.

          http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpwes/p...ks/details.pdf

          (btw - I was one of the first 600 MHIC'ers when it started-- great economy up there)
          Last edited by Happy Home; 08-19-2014, 09:06 PM.
          Steve

          "Get three coffins ready" - A Fistful of Dollars 1964

          http://youtu.be/KZ_7br_3y54

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          • #6
            Re: Deck Posts - above ground v. buried

            Since your profile says you're a CPA, I assume you will hire a qualified contractor to build the deck. If that's the case, he will know the proper materials and techniques for the piers.

            If you are thinking DIY, and you ask that question, I would recommend you reconsider.

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            • #7
              Re: Deck Posts - above ground v. buried

              Originally posted by dgbldr View Post
              Since your profile says you're a CPA, I assume you will hire a qualified contractor to build the deck. If that's the case, he will know the proper materials and techniques for the piers.

              If you are thinking DIY, and you ask that question, I would recommend you reconsider.
              I agree with everything dg said. Hire a licensed professional.
              “It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.” - Upton Sinclair

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              • #8
                Re: Deck Posts - above ground v. buried

                GS8212:
                Generally speaking, you should not bury wood in soil without the proper details and preservative treatments. Decks are not as easy to build properly, and to also be safe for the deck users, as it might seem to the untrained person. When the qualified engineer and/or builder gets done building your deck, maybe you should hire them to do your accounting, bookkeeping and taxes too, since they are already on the payroll, and it’s just addin a few numbers. Never mind qualifications, knowledge or experience on the particular subject.
                Dick Hackbarth, PE
                RWH&AI, Consulting Engineers

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