I'm about to start the replacement of an old deck and was wondering if you
guys can answer a few questions for me.
1) I've reclaimed some old and heavy 10" x 10" posts from a barn that I'm
hoping to use to give the deck some character, does anyone see any problems
using this structurally?
2) What type of sealer should I use to treat this old lumber.Recommendations
3) I need to bury some posts this weekend and I'm not sure what the best
method is. Do you get a concrete tube and fill it full of concrete and then
put the post on top or do you encase the post in the concrete? WHY?
4) Should I stick with treated lumber for the posts?
You fill the hold with concrete and use a mounting braked for the post.
Structurally, the concrete and post will perform well and the bracket serves
two purposes. It keeps it lined up and more important, keep it from ground
contact and wicking up water to rot it away. Your 10 x 10's may have
character, but are more prone to rot than a pressure treated post.
If you are in the process of starting a deck, you can get a lot of
information on brackets and fasteners at www.mcfeelys.com
A little insight.......if in frost zone is why (depth here also varies
upon the region you are in), and also will be more secure in the long
run ( post could work it way loose, become unstable and move, and also
may allow water etc to enter which may rot your post)....then your
Your 10x10 posts should be very sturdy.........and maintaining them
regularly; there should be no problems.
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