Hello, I live in Southern California (Ventura county to be more accurate). I am building a deck on to my house and I have a couple of questions that I hope someone can answer for me.
1. I will be sinking footers at least 24" into the ground with brackets for 4x4's to be the pilons for the deck. My question is this, what diameter do I need to use. I will get a bunch of the round concrete forms, but will the 8" ones be sufficient or do I need 10" or 12". The deck will not be holding any massive weight (no spa or anything like that just foot traffic).
2. I've made up plans for both attaching the deck to the house and also free standing. What do I need to know in order to make the decision between the two. I suppose it would be more sturdy if I attach it, but it would be easier if I build a free standing. I'm all for doing it the easier way, but I want to know what are the possible pit falls of free standing vs. attached.
If anyone could answer these questions for me I would greatly appreciate it.
-D o n