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Should pergola posts be set into concrete, or elevated with chemical anchors & footings?

So I have researched this extensively online, but the results are contradictory. Some will say 'set in concrete', others 'set in gravel' and them some will advice 'compact the surrounding dirt'. All ...
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Options for correcting improper deck beam to post attachments

We purchased a house with a large deck where the post to beam connections look exactly like the prohibited configuration shown here: The 6 x 6 posts are all attached to concrete footings using the ...
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Replace permatreated 4x4 Hand rail post on step where concrete holding it has cracked?

I bought a home 8 months ago where the deck handrail was planted at the edge of a concrete step as a 4x4 on the bottom step. The concrete at the edge of the step has cracked, the hand rail is wobbly, ...
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How do I remove these fence post spikes?

I want to buy these: To replace my existing ones: I want to remove the old ones. What is the easiest way to pull them out?
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How to set metal fence posts?

I am getting ready to build a 6' tall 80' long wooden fence, but instead of 4x4 wooden posts I am going to use metal fence posts. The fence will have 1 walk through gate and a larger gate that can be ...
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How should I support a large gate in a vinyl fence?

I'm adding a new gate in my vinyl fence; a full width (6') gate. I'm concerned about support. The fence posts are decently moored, but there is still some wiggle. Would it be better to dig out and ...
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Fence question: bury PT posts in tamped earth, or use HDG anchor? Corrosion/rot

I know this questions can't be answered, since it depends on so many factors, but let's call this an opinion survey. Fence will be 5' high, with a 2x4 pressure-treated pine (PTP) wood frame and horse-...
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What are the steps for pouring more cement around metal fence posts that are leaning?

When the wooden fence was built, they used metal posts but only filled the 2' hole with one bag of concrete. The posts are leaning at about a 25 degree angle. I want to dig out the hole again, then ...
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Can I build a car-port on the side of my garage?

I have a 2-car attached garage but three cars in the household. While I'm obviously aware I can just leave the third car in the driveway, it inconveniently blocks the cars in the garage and in the ...
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DIY lamp post using 4x4 pressure treated wood?

I would like to build several lamp posts for my backyard. To cut costs I am considering dadoing a channel down the middle of a 4x4 for the wiring, and covering up the dado with "ornamental" wood ...
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How wide does a 6x6 concrete post footing need to be using an elevated post base anchor?

I'm building a pergola over a paver patio. The pergola will dimension 11'x 11.5' on center of post with 6x6 posts (4 posts), tied together with sandwiched 2x12 beams. I've laid out footer locations ...
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What is the easiest way to remove a large root in a post hole I'm digging?

I'm digging a 36" deep post hole for a fence I'm putting up, and about 15" down I ran into a very large root. Since the root seems to be running almost directly in line with the fence, and there isn't ...
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How should I install the post for a mailbox?

The other day somebody wiped out my mailbox. It's a typical plastic mailbox, that mounts onto a 4x4 post. The old post snapped off right at ground level. Instead of trying to dig it out, I've dug a ...
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Best way to support carport posts

I'm wondering if I can reinforce the posts in my carport as it seems one good earthquake could throw these off. Any thoughts on building a form out of wood and pouring concrete around and half-way up ...
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Should a post in a circular concrete form go through the bottom?

I am replacing a fence post that was in a circular 2-ft form. The old one had rotted where the concrete and post meet at the top - the next one will have the concrete above water level! But - I ...
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Need advice on deck posts that will have concrete poured around them

I have a raised deck, attached to the side of my house on one side and held up by three posts on the other. Under each post is a small cement pad and the posts bracketed to those with a buffer piece ...
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Can I use a different size post for gate than the fence?

If I'm using a 6x6 post to attached a heavy garden gate can I use 4x4 post for the rest of fence?
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Would you replace these deck posts? How much life do they have left?

I have a small deck that needs care. The top side is in really bad shape (rails, floors, lattice, stairs) need to be replaced. The deck is above a brick patio and I think that the posts are set in ...
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Good way to fix a notched railing post?

My front porch has a corner railing post that is notched on two sides. The top is 4x4, but only about 1.5"x1.5" goes below deck and it's fastened to the rim joists there. It is quite wobbly, and not ...
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Why did a gate post rot after just 6 years?

My friend put a 4 inch treated wood gate post in the ground and we filled the hole with concrete. A neighbor built a fence around the same time, using similar-looking posts. Six years later, the ...
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Can I set a 2 3/8 metal post into a 4x4 hole?

I removed a rotten 4x4 post that was used for a fence. The concrete hole seems sound. I was thinking of putting a 2 3/8 metal pole in this 4x4 hole and then filling with concrete. I am not sure ...
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How can I attach pony wall to surface of platform and will it be strong enough against lateral forces?

I have a loft area to which I want to add a pony wall for safety. My plan is to drywall its inside and outside faces, all the way down across the beam. Can I built it on the surface of the platform ...
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Hanging clothes on a line between concrete pillars without drilling

Question says it all: I'd like to hang a "light" load (say 30 t-shirts/pants) between two concrete pillars, without doing anything permanent to the pillars, like drilling (they are public property and ...
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Can I shim the top of an 6x6 post that i supporting a beam?

I'll admit it - I cut a 6x6 fir post 7/8" too short. I don't relish buying a new one because of cost, it being the weekend, and the attachment to the base pier is with a knife-style simpson connection ...
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Can I pour concrete next to my foundation?

I'm planning to install a 4x4 fence into the ground by digging up a hole, adding some gravel, then pouring concrete in. Is it a problem if the concrete touches the foundation of the house? I've added ...
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What is the recommended post cap or strapping for corner post under beam and rim joists?

I'm trying to find the appropriate strapping to secure a beam to a post, while providing a means to attach a double rim-joist. Consider the drawings below: In both of these drawings if I use a post ...
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How deep do I set metal post?

How deep should I set a 14' steel pole in concrete that will have a wood roof attached. I am building a carport that is 36' long by 12' wide by 14' tall. There will be 8 poles.
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Mount wooden post onto uneven concrete [duplicate]

Hi I'm wanting to mount a 112x112x3000 post onto a concrete slab. I have purchased L shaped brackets to do the job. Because the post will sit at the edge of the concrete I can install at most three ...
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How do I drill a long hole lengthwise all the way through a post to make a standing lamp?

I have a beautiful post of reclaimed wood and I'd like to make it into a lamp. Not sure how to do this but I know the first step is to drill a hole all the way through it lengthwise. What is the tool ...
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Are there any advantages to using metal post spikes set in concrete when building a privacy fence?

My neighbor and I are considering alternatives to wood-in-concrete fence posts for a privacy fence that can have significant wind load in an area that gets up to -30 degree frosts in winter. The ...
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Installing permanent support column in the basement

I'm redoing a basement after flooding and just found this little hack. Apparently previous owner removed permanent support post for some reason and then at some point installed this temporary jack ...
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Do I need to replace these metal support posts?

I have these 3 permanent lally support posts in the basement: post #1 post #2 post #3 Closeup frame captured from video #1 Recently basement was flooded so I tore down drywall prepping things ...
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How deep do I need to sink a 6 x 6 post to support a 150 lb fire hydrant that will sit on top of it?

I live Arlington, Virginia, US, and the frost line is two feet deep. I was able to obtain an old (no longer usable) fire hydrant from the local contractors that are replacing them in my neighborhood. ...
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How do I secure this post to the structure to protect against seismic damage?

My foundation is attached to the frame of my house using seismic brackets, and I live in a earthquake-prone area. I noticed I have 3 posts that hold up my center of my house that seem to only be ...
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I need to join my fence with my neighbor's; Can't use his post..how do I dig the hole for mine close to his?

As shown in the picture my neighbor's fence is already in place (the vertical fence) Mine will be horizontal and I need to set the post as close as possible to his. My post will support a gate (72" ...
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How should I repair rotten load-bearing porch posts?

I have a backyard porch that has 2 load bearing posts (the other side are attached on the house). The wood base trims around the bottoms of the posts looked rotten so I wanted to replace these trims. ...
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Small pergola — 4x4 posts okay? 8“ or 12” footings? etc

We are planning a small narrow "pergola". Actually it is a weird combination structure. My husband wants a pull-up bar, I want it to be a landscape feature that looks nice, and it will be alongside/...
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How is this plan for repairing load bearing rotting posts with epoxy (pics included)

My carport has five 4x4 posts with two of them are showing serious signs of rot. I have attached a photo of the worst and 2nd worst looking one, and what the other ones look like. At first I thought ...
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How to attach a bolt down post support to a fast set concrete post built with

What is the procedure to attach a bolt down post support to a fast set concrete base post? WHat type of bolts and what size should I use to attach this? One of the posts will support a 39" wide gate, ...
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Deck posts - set in concrete or use anchors?

I'm planning to build an elevated deck. I was going to dig the holes for the posts, put them in and set them in quikrete. I've done this for a fence and I'm comfortable with the process. A deck ...
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Can this post support be used for a fence (especially for posts that support a gate)

Can this post support be used for a fence (especially for posts that support a gate) ( http://www.homedepot.ca/product/bolt-down-in-khaki-4-in-x-4-in/971849)
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deck railings: alternatives to 4x4 posts?

I'm working on a deck with a lot of level changes. Using 4x4 posts for the railing is undesirable because it'll look rather clunky. I am wondering if there are any examples someone can point me to ...
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How to attach a monkey-bar/playground structure to the ground in my backyard?

I would like to build a monkey-bar/playground structure in my backyard. It's not your standard monkeybars, but I made a 3D visualization at staktrace.com/pub/structure.html if that helps. I'm planning ...
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Setting posts for a sturdy garden fence

So spring has arrived, and we have decided to build a 20' x 40' enclosed area in which to place a garden (we have many deer, rabbits and other garden veggie thieves in the area). The plan is to build ...
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Does a long deck beam need a post at staggered joints?

I am designing a deck that requires 40' beams. In that design I plan to fabricate the beams with 2-2x12 pressure treated lumber. I have tentatively planned to arrange the plies in this fashion: 1st ...
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Should I notch deck posts?

My neighbor's elevated deck is supported by 2 6x6 posts connected by 2 2x10 boards. The posts are notched so that the 2 boards are sitting side by side in the notch and are bolted to the post (L ...
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Placing fencepost close to house?

I am installing a privacy fence that will go right up against my house. I began digging a post hole that is about 6 inches away from my house, but about 20 inches down, I hit a bunch of cement which ...
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What's involved in moving a support post?

We found this house that we really like, but it needs substantial renovation for our taste. The thing that killed it for us was the crazy kitchen countertop that has been narrowed to make way for a ...
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how do i replace a fence post that was also used as a deck footing?

So I removed the old broken 4x4 post that was for the fence and deck. I have the deck sitting on stone slab after I held it up with a jack. It had two bolts that I had to cut out that are still in ...
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Do I have to remove the existing 6' fence posts to install an 8' metal fence?

I would like to replace a 6 foot fence with a 8 foot fence. The current fence has metal post. Will I have to dig up the current post or can I weld an extension to the existing post.