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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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Why does my lamp post light trip the breaker after a couple of hours?

Outside lamp post light. I have replaced the eye senor, the light fixture, the 15 am in the breaker box, light stays on for a few hours then trips the breaker. It is not connected to a GFCI. The 15amp ...
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6x6 Deck post repair, Joining two 6x6 posts

I need to replace a 13 ft high, approximately, 6x6 deck post due to dry rot on bottom half of the post . The deck sits around 10 ft high from the ground and rest of it [post] is above the deck ...
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How to replace loose 4x4 wood fence post with a steel post

The original 4x4 wood fence post for my home's side gate (that holds the catch part of a gate latch) is very loose and wobbles. The post is surrounded on 3 sides with my concrete walkway, and the 4th ...
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Do I really need 140 lbs of cement for a 5“, 5' high vinyl fence post (31” in the ground)?

140 lbs Seems like a lot of cement, I was hoping to get by with just one 80# bag. I guess the hole would be 12" per auger rental advice. I Live in Montana, not a lot of moisture but ground freeze ...
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Suspending a chair lift swing from a single pole

My wife's family used to run a ski area and she has one of the original 2-seater chair lifts when they replaced it with a bigger lift. I recently refinished it as a gift to her and we we wanted to ...
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Post Beam Connection

I would like to connect beams to the lower part of posts that extend up to the top plate, to negate having to frame up walls. I can't seem to find any information of code approval in the United States ...
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Can I join two 4x4 fence posts?

I purchased 6’ 4x4’s to put up a 4’ fence. I learned about digging below the frost line after. So now the non returnable 4x4’s I have are too short. Is it possible to join two 4x4’s together to make ...
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Attaching wooden posts to existing deck

I have a rooftop deck and want to put up 4 posts for string lights and attaching a shade sail. After consulting some YouTube videos and diy sites, I'm planning on purchasing post bases that ...
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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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Sistering 2x8s to 2x4 truss system for vaulted ceiling?

The Question (see pic below): Can I safely sister 2x8s to a 2x4 king post truss/open rafter system to achieve an insulated open ceiling/vaulted design. The Details: I have a garage that is 18 feet ...
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Filling post holes where fence was removed - suburban backyard environment

My next door neighbor had their fence replaced recently. The new fence is further from the property line than the old fence was, so I have either 5 or 6 holes where the old posts were located. I am ...
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Connecting beam to post with T straps

I am thinking of how to connect two beams over three posts to each other and to the posts. In this country (NZ) I found two T straps for this: Simpson APT4 MiTek Bowmac B38 The thing is, that I can ...
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What do you call the pieces that are put underneath carport post that are on a slab and where do you get them?

I have a carport connected to my house. There are little footing pieces under all the post to let water run underneath ( I am guessing ). A post got hit and the little piece broke and now the post ...
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Building a Swingset as a First Timer

I’m planning on building swings for my kids according to this rough design that I came up with here. Essentially it’s a very simple two posts, one crossbeam layout. The posts of two 12 foot 4x6s on ...
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Can I combine 2x4 lumber to build posts for barn?

Designing a barn/out-building for my off-grid place. Essentially this is an open structure (think of sticks with a roof), but part of which is a shed. The problem is, the longer poles will need to be ...
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suspending a 36x26 solar panel on a single 4x4x12 post (9' above ground 3 feet into the ground)?

I'd like to suspend a 36x26x1 aluminum solar panel 9 feet above ground on a SINGLE 12' 4x4 timber with some 2x4s at the top. I'm in central Florida. Will it be too top heavy? wind issues? it's a ...
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Dirt or concrete for Aluminum fence posts?

Should I use concrete, dirt, or gravel to set aluminum fence post is disturbed soil? The soil was backfilled 9 months ago, and it may not be fully settled.
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Seeking advice on securing a 4x4 wood column ( post ) to a porch consisting of 2“ bluestone atop a (minimum) 4” concrete slab

Seeking advice on securing 4x4 wood columns ( posts, likely SPF or similar ) to a porch consisting of 2" bluestone atop a ( minimum ) 4" concrete slab ( pretty sure it's thicker ). The Posts are ...
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Is gravel necessary for post hole drainage in sandy Florida soil?

I am installing 6’ vinyl privacy fence in FLORIDA. I would like to think the sandy soil would drain well enough. The labor and cost of digging deeper holes and buying and delivering gravel doesn’t ...
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10' PVC Schedule 40 vs ABS sun sail support post. Life expectancy, wind and UV damage

I'm setting some 6' T-posts deeper then usual ( down to like 4') for a simple fence project and i have a few spots where i want set up sun sail triangle from 10' high to 8' in about a 15' x 15' area. ...
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Fence posts through patio stones

Is it a bad idea to put a fence post "through" patio stones? We're building a patio and then enclosing 2 sides of it with a privacy wall. I want to make the patio larger than the enclosed area so ...
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Will 2x8 beams span 15 feet for a pergola?

I want to build a 15' wide by 10' deep pergola, which will be attached to the house. The posts will be attached to an existing (and very sturdy) ground-level deck. I'll be using 6x6 posts with 2x8 ...
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Attachment sites for sun sail on house

I am looking to install an 18’ by 18’ shade sail. 2 corners I am planning on putting in 6 x 6 posts cemented into the ground. I’m having trouble with the other 2 corners that need to be safely ...
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How do I dig a fence post hole in a cramped corner?

In the corner of my yard 4 other neighbors’ fences meet. At that junction there is no post they are all just nailed into eachother. One side has a double fence. Old residents of my house didnt want ...
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How to support freestanding trellis with 2x4 legs

I'm getting married soon. One of the decorations is a custom built arbor 7.5 ft tall, 7 ft wide, and 2 ft deep, made with 2x4 legs. After the wedding we want to install it in our garden as a rose ...
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Suggestions for standing pole for sun shade

I'm looking for suggestions on how to best attach a sunshade opposite of my garage. The subject sunshade is here and I've already attached two anchors on the garage. Here's what I'm trying to add: ...
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fence post setting regular quickcrete vs.fast setting

hey so i've been building a couple fences lately and have been premixing with a concrete mixer i bought which was a couple hundred. my question is can you mix the standard quikrete that comes in an ...
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Please help - wonky post location on pergola - concerned with shearing and stability

So ever since my wife pushed me to move the post off square I've been searching online (periodically for about a month and I've never found someone dumb enough to have done this and had a tutorial or ...
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How exactly do you set these post holders into concrete?

How should you set these bases into concrete? Do you push them all the way down? Or should you leave a gap underneath? If you leave a gap, how big a gap should you leave? It has drain holes on the ...
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Should I replace a carport post as it was originally built or with an upgraded column?

I’ve got a 60s era carport with a rotted post. It’s a low slope cantilevered roof about 20 feet long. It has two posts on each corner at the front, and the back is supported by the house. The rotted ...
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Remove rotten mail post

I have to remove the rotten mail post and install a new one. The post was broken. I have to take it out first. The difficult thing is that the concrete around the post root. It's deep and hard. I ...
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How to support 4x4 posts on cement driveway

I'm designing some outdoor bike storage as a free-standing shed. It will go against a house on an existing cement driveway. We're renting, so I can't drill into the driveway or do any other permanent ...
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What to do about these fence post bases

I have no idea how to resolve this, the posts are all wobbly and move at the bases, one area in middle starting to cause a lean. I installed this fence, 6' H, roughly 7' post spacing, only 3 months ...
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Drilling a vertical hole in fence post

I have an old fence with round metal post that are concreted in and in good condition but I want to replace them with timber posts. To avoid digging everything up I would like to cut the metal post ...
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Affordable way to install shade sail to rental balcony

I have a pretty large balcony, maybe 20'x 6, its part of a rental and south facing. I'd like to install shade sails without drilling any holes. Is this an impossible task? My balcony has metal ...
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Rebar required for 24 ft tall 4x4 square steel tube 1/4 inch thickness, 4ft deep in a concrete base, horizontal load of up to 1,000 lbs at the top

I am installing a 24 ft 4x4 square quarter inch thick steel tube 4 ft into the ground with a concrete base of 28 inch diameter and just over 48 inches deep, so 20 ft of the post is above the ground. ...
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What size of posts do I need for an 8' by 10' woodshed?

I need to build a simple fire wood storage shed with roof, size of shed 8 x 10 ft.. I will use some concrete blocks for footing, and 2x8 for framing. My question is what size of posts I should ...
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Crawlspace Post to beam lumber grade

Recently we replaced some of the rotten and cracked true size 4 in x 6 in. posts under the house in crawlspace. The old posts were resting on concrete pads 24 in. x 24 in. and supporting a true size ...
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How do I calculate the concrete needed for a fence post?

I'm trying to determine how much concrete I'll need to set fence posts for a 6ft tall privacy fence. From what I've read these are the parameters I'll be using for each post hole. Post: 4in x 4in x ...
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Bad deck post crack

This looks rather serious - should we replace or brace it ASAP?
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Do I need to replace the foundation under porch posts when replacing them?

I need to rebuild my porch this summer. I think its circa 1970 and the flooring is starting to rot through. The only part of the job that is really throwing me is replacing the load bearing columns (I ...
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How deep should a fence post be with respect to the bottom of the concrete base?

Seems like a simple question, but I have been searching for a while. Everything I find is about the depth of the hole for the concrete, not the depth of the post. I want to know how far a post must go ...
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Attach railing to aluminum post

I am putting in a handrail down the few steps into our garage. The floor is concrete, so I've ordered a couple of 3x3 aluminum posts. The railing has a single attachment point per post, and the ...
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Diameter of an 11' foot high, 3" (2&7/8) steel post footer hole

I know that the general standard for post footers is to make the diameter of the footer hole 3 times wider than the post itself. However, I want to make sure that even in an 11' foot post (which seems ...
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Best way to make sturdy Fence post for aluminum sign?

I'm looking at putting some posts up for No-Smoking signs at a local club frequented by a couple hundred kids a weekend + their families. One guy recommended Treated lumber, but I heard it'll eat ...
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Concrete post base wood too tight

I'm using the Simpson PB66Z "Galvanized Post Base" to attach my pressure treated 6x6 to the footing. The wood seems to be slightly too large to fit such that the bottom of the post rests on the metal. ...
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How deep should I embed a 30-foot light post?

I am installing a 30 Foot Round Straight Steel Light Pole, 5 Inch Diameter that I am purchasing from LightMart. I live in the outside of Las Vegas, NV near the mountains where sometimes its very windy,...
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Extending 4x4 Deck Posts

I have a deck about 6FT off the ground with old 4x4 posts that stick up about 24" above the existing deck. I replaced the decking and when installing the railings, I noticed the posts on the deck ...
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Bistro lights for wedding structurally sound?

Hey guys and gals, 1st question here. I’m having my wedding in my backyard and my fiancé insisted on having a light canopy of bistro lights in my back yard. Of course I obliged, but the quotes I got ...