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Advice on shabin deck

hey guys,
wanted some advice on building my 16x6 deck on the shabin. I planned on using those pre-cast footings on top of ground with 4x4 post being the deck will be only 2-3 feet off ground at highest point. Will it twist and bend over winters or should I just sink those post 3' below ground? The shabin(16x20) sits on 6x6 on top of 8" crushed stone.Does anybody have their decks low to the ground on block footings? Any ideas or opinions would help, thanks in advance.
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Re: Advice on shabin deck

We built one at camp. we dug holes 3 foot deep 12 inches across and filled with concrete. Put 6x6 metal brackets on top of concrete anchored to piller. Cut 6x6 to height mounted to bracket and built off of that. I am sure there are other ways but thats how we did it.
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Re: Advice on shabin deck

It will be fine. It will rise and fall with frost heave but it won't do any damage. If it supported something like a sunroom that had drywall on it then that would be a different story. My house deck is sitting on those pre-cast pyramid blocks 7' in the air. I built it probably 14 years ago and have had no problem.

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Re: Advice on shabin deck

6x12 back porch deck at my camp, sits on 4" solid blocks on one side (three posts), fastened to the cabin on the other side.

Think I've jacked it up a tad and leveled the blocks a time or two, in the past 25 years. But only 'cause I'm fussy. What goes up during the winter, comes back down again in the spring. We're only talking about an inch or so.

Porch deck is only about 2' to 30" off'n the ground.

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Porch deck is only about 2' to 30" off'n the ground.
Just high enough for an old geezer to misstep and fall off, break a hip, and ruin his hunting season.

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Learned to "roll with the punches" years ago.

One year I tripped and fell, coming down through the steep woods behind camp during buck season. My bud was also coming in to camp, down on the bench at the bottom of the hill and got to watch.

I did a tuck'n roll, came up on my feet, cradling my rifle. He hollered up, "Lemme see you do that again".


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One year I tripped and fell, coming down through the steep woods behind camp during buck season. My bud was also coming in to camp, down on the bench at the bottom of the hill and got to watch.

I did a tuck'n roll, came up on my feet, cradling my rifle. He hollered up, "Lemme see you do that again".
ONE YEAR ? Yeah, ONE YEAR that probably worked quite well. Problem is, it's tough duplicating 1970 in the year 2011.

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Re: Advice on shabin deck

Ibuilt my deck with 6x6 treated posts,dig your holes 3 ft deep then throw a bag of sacrete ineach hole and let it harden , then put the post in on that, snowload wont push it down further..I put post up by the house as well and made it freestanding....
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i've seen and done all kinds of decks and the one that my dad did on our camp in about '76 was just 4x4's on 6' centers sitting on top of concrete blocks dug into the ground a little with some gravel under them. the deck was 5 feet high, 6 feet wide and 28 feet long. it lasted 30 years and i just tore it down a couple years ago. i'm an "overbuilder" and never go light on anything but that deck my dad did still amazes me. and believe it or not it was made out of pine framing lumber. not pressure treated. he just creosoted the heck out of it for the first 20 years or so and it lasted. i still have some of the decking i use for projects. and i still have about 10 gallons of his creosote too. that stuff is amazing but will burn the skin off you if it touches you. can't be real good for you either.

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Re: Advice on shabin deck

The last house I lived in was built in 1985. The deck sat on 4x4 posts with a couple bricks under them. Never a problem. The deck is still there and fine, as far as I know.



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