What's the proper way to secure vertical deck post in the ground and
why? 1) Dig the hole, pour a concrete base, let it cure, then place
the pole on top of the base and fill the rest of the hole with dirt?
Or, (2) put the pole into the concrete base before it hardens?
There are post anchors (steel, typically) made for this purpose. Just
ask at the lumber yard, they'll have 'em. Do not bury 'em, if the
building inspector doesn't catch it, the owner will as soon as they
start to fail.
(the bases also allow for some movement so that ground settling and
frost heaves won't break or damage things.)
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