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How badly have I undermined my foundation footing?

So I am a new home owner based in Sydney. I have water pooling in my crawlspace so I was advised by a structural professional to lay a french drain around the perimetre of my home. I watched hours of ...
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I have a deck design from Menards, but I need to change a footing location? [closed]

I have a deck design from Menards, but I need to change a footing location, am I ok to move it back 18"? The design has it 1' 7" from the outside edge, and I need to move the footing in due ...
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Leaning fence due to loose posts

I purchased a home recently and I am just getting around to fixing the 6 foot privacy fence. A few of the posts appear to be loose in the ground and the fence is leaning fairly substantially around ...
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How much load will a triple and or a quad 2x10 hold on a 12' 6" span?

I have two triple carrying beams on 6x6 post, 12'apart from each other let to right. Off the house to the back yard they are 10' 6" from one another with a 2x8 deck framed on it 16' out, 16" ...
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Florida footing depth

Could someone help me read this? Florida Building Code The structures on the left and right side will be new. Just outdoor multi purpose areas with fixed roofs. Left side for cooking (kitchenette)/ ...
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How much life left on 4x4 posts on my deck (in particular one that butts against the foundation)?

I have a raised deck (no idea how old; maybe 10-15 years). It is supported by 4x4 posts. I couldn't find any concrete footings by digging (maybe I didn't go deep enough). Much of the posts are ...
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Patio Deck Piers Construction

I have some piers under my patio deck. What kind of pier is it? Are there concrete footings underneath these green poles? I am remaking my deck, and would like to add some more of these. I can't see ...
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Can I use this 1-2cm brown gravel to make concrete for climbing wall footings?

I'm building a rock climbing cave in my backyard. The average height is about 4 metres. It will be made out of wood (hardwood sleeper studs, 19mm ply for walls). Floor area roughly 5mx4m. I am not ...
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Is this basement footer going to cause issues?

I'm having an addition put on my house with a full basement. The contractor poured the footer and is getting ready to do the foundation walls. He marked the lines for the walls, and I couldn't help ...
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How do I run the PVC conduit into a garage with a ground-level foundation?

I need to run conduit underground to a new garage. My problem is I don't understand the proper way to run the 2in PVC conduit outside to the sub panel. The wall sits on a 3ft 8in stem wall. The top of ...
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If my home has no footing, how dangerous is it for a contractor to install an indoor drainage system in my basement?

I have gotten estimates from some contractors for installing indoor drainage in my basement. They'd be breaking into the concrete floor around the edges of the basement, right next to the basement ...
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Is it a problem that my post bases overhang the footing edge slightly?

I am building a pergola, which will be supported half by the garage with a 2x8 ledger board and half on 3 posts. I poured the 3 footings, without thinking too much and they only had 8" form tubes ...
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Should concrete footers be separated from a concrete slab?

I am going to build a pavilion over a concrete slab and I am wondering what would be the best way to set up the footings. I was planning on using steel column bases set in 12 inch sonotubes. There ...
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Building a deck... Pier Size / Loading Question

I am building a deck. I have most of things sized out properly I think. I just want to confirm that 12" piers are enough for what I am doing. This is a freestanding deck next to a pool. Did I ...
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Are metal anchors or buried posts better for 6 x 6 posts for a pavilion?

I'm trying to figure out the best way to set 6 x 6 posts for a pavilion. I'm considering the two methods below. I know they both have their good and bad points. I believe the first will extend the ...
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How deep do I need to make the post footings for a residential deck in Northern Michigan?

How deep do I need to make the post footings for a residential deck in Northern Michigan? The 12" X 20" deck will be less than 2 feet off the ground.
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Insulating wooden beams / frame from concrete footings

I am building a wooden terrace based on frame made of pressure treated lumber (ground contact grade) placed on concrete blocks ("on-grade" footings). Something like this: What I know is ...
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How clean does the surface of new-poured concrete footings need to be before pouring piers?

I'm moving a 8x16 shed-turned-shop onto nine 10" piers on 16" footings over a clay substrate. I'm doing a split pour. I have already dug the holes, poured the footings and set the vertical ...
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Removal of the cardboard pier footing forms in the crawlspace - how to do it?

Home inspector put this in the report: ========================= Recommend removal of the cardboard pier footing forms in the crawlspace. Cardboard is a wood biproduct and its contact with the soil ...
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Is there a way to secure a hoop house other then driving posts into the ground?

I wanted to build a hoop house, but I need to be able to drive stakes or 1 5/8" pipe into the ground to hold the hoops (pvc or 1 3/8" top rail.) From all I have read, these ground pipes or ...
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Can I cut out a 12" section of a footing to run new plumbing in a basement?

I am finishing my basement and need to run plumbing to the planned bathroom. To do so, I need to cut out a 12" section of a footing (can't go under it). The section in question is under a door ...
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Pouring concrete slab around wood posts of covered porch [duplicate]

I have a covered back porch. Sloped roof attached to the house on one end and supported by four 4x4's which are cemented in the ground on the other end (I assume there are cement footers below the ...
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Add a door to a basement load bearing wall

I am finishing my basement in a 1960 home, and a doorway is in an awkward place. I want to add an additional 36” doorway in a load-bearing wall that sits atop a ridge footing that is 5” above the ...
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Can I support 6x6" deck posts on 10" diameter poured concrete footings?

I am building a new 13x10 deck. So far I have the ledger board in place, and yesterday I finished building 3 concrete footings, 9 ft away from the ledger board. I use tubing, 36 inch deep with gravel ...
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What's the best way to pour post footings under a patio slab?

I am looking to build footings for three 6"x6" patio cover posts which will support a 6"x8"x19ft beam for a 19ft wide x 16ft deep patio cover that will fix to my house using a ...
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How far into a footing pier should rebar extend from the rock below?

Cottage is on Canadian shield (igneous rock) and unfortunately slopes off where deck footings are being installed. The deck will be secured only to a corner of the cottage and the two furthest ...
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Can pressure treated wood be buried in concrete?

I was planning a relatively simple, 6x8ft "2-post" pavilion, just a small structure to provide protection to a small bench. This design would require to bury the wood into the concrete ...
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What would be the potential pitfalls in pouring a concrete patio over deck footings and then securing the posts to the slab?

I am going to have a 4" concrete patio poured in my backyard, and over that I want to build a 2nd story deck. All of this essentially occupies the same space, meaning the posts either need to be ...
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Concrete Footings for 16x24 log cabin

I am buildings a 16x24 log cabin in rural West Virginia. It will not have electric, running water, or any type of HVAC. One of the biggest worries I have, as I feel I should, is the foundation. I am ...
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How can I pour a concrete patio under my existing deck without surrounding the deck posts in concrete?

I would like to pour a concrete patio under my deck. The concrete company said they would just pour the concrete around the posts with a expansion joint around the posts. I thought that would cause ...
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Deck blocks below frost line

I am replacing my old deck that was completely rotten. The original was non treated lumber so it just was toast. The deck is only about 2' off the ground and 15' out from the house. It extents 30' ...
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Concrete retaining wall with lean and crack, looking for input

We bought our 100 year old house “as-is” a year ago with various small cracks and a firm, but somewhat eroded foundation. This all needs to be addressed eventually, however, a large crack with ...
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How can I prevent post support brackets from creaking under foot traffic?

I (well, a contractor) added a new addition to my house, and the floor creaks when I walk on it. I crawled under the addition and identified the problem. On each footing, there is a steel bracket ...
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How high should the tops of concrete piers be above grade?

I'm about to pour some footings for a covered deck. I'm going to be putting 6x6 posts on top of concrete piers, but before I cut my sauna tubes, how high should my pier project above grade? Is there a ...
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How do you reinforce round deck footings?

I'm building a covered deck on some weak soil (clay/sandy clay). I'm going to use 24" round footings that I was planning on reinforcing with a bunch of left over rebar. How can I effectively reinforce ...
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above ground pole support for sail cloth

I need to create above ground, mobile "footings" for metal poles to hold sail cloth. I was thinking of a cardboard tubing, filled with concrete to hold a sleeve to insert the pole into that will hold ...
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What is the correct tool/method for digging out existing concrete holes for fence posts

My garden needs a new fence as well as two new fence posts. There is an existing concrete base along the boundary which is already securing three posts and has holes where two posts snapped in the ...
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How to calculate sizing for treehouse footing?

I would like to build a small free-standing treehouse without digging into ground and/or pouring concrete. Here is what I have in mind: It is, of course, for kids, so I don't think I need it to be ...
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Rental equipment selection for digging 52" deck footings?

I need to put in about 20 concrete footings for several deck-related projects. The footing base should be 12-18" (but see note below). Frost depth in my area requires footings to be 52" below grade (...
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Do you need to use concrete for permanent garden fences?

I was at the hardware store today, and saw they suggest using concrete for footing the posts. Is this step really necessary as the mycelium in the soil will hold the posts in place, and there won't be ...
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Is it allowed to use a sill plate with a thickness greater than 2"?

Can a sill plate be larger than 2" thick? I installed a footing to carry a point load. I will be installing 3 LVL's on top of this and then trimmers to support a header. So I need the need to get ...
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How to keep buried deck posts from rotting

This is related to a question I asked earlier regarding my deck footings. I had a pool deck built last fall. The footings are 4' deep and 12" diameter. There are metal post brackets attached to the ...
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Regrading under deck to protect footings from water

I had an above ground pool installed and a deck built around it early last fall. The way the builder built the deck footings was to pour 4' of concrete 12" in diameter, then attach metal post brackets ...
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How close can a deck post footing be to a retaining wall?

How deep does a deck post footing need to be if it’s directly behind a retaining wall?
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What type of foundation is best in an area with silt loam soil, cold climate, and high water table?

I'm in the initial stages of planing a structure build, I say structure because what I'm really looking to build is an off grid ( no running water or sewer for staters ) vacation cabin on apiece of ...
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Replacing Rotted Deck Footings

Afternoon, folks. I have a deck that I am re-decking. Easy job, until I found that all of the footers were rotted out. The deck is bolted to the house on two sides, and the remainder of the deck is ...
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Basement Footer Removal

This is kind of a convoluted situation, and I hope it isn't too confusing. I just bought a home with my wife, and in the basement there was a hideous bathroom. Functional, but hideous. So I am ...
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How to lay rebars for a 4'x4'x12" footing for a column?

I have three columns to support lvl beams under an addition and have a question about proper rebar layout for each (identical) footing. All specs are already checked by engineer, but there is one ...
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Removing Column Footings

I'm working on a basement renovation, and behind the wall I found the steel columns which I expected, but rather than sitting on the concrete slab like the other exposed one, there is a concrete ...
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How to establish footings for a raised frame

I have a situation where an old wood-framed garage with a concrete slab has been jacked up about 6" to increase the door heights and head room. Currently the studs are just resting on little brick ...
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