I seem to recall a support member made of concrete used as corner
supports for a deck. My recollection is that it was a cylinder about
10-12 inches tall and about 12 inches in diameter at the base. On the
top, there was a cross patters that would accommodate intersecting 2
bys. I've come up empty on my searches on google and the big box stores
... probably because I'm using the wrong nomenclature.
Anyone ever seen one of these? Or can point me in the right direction?
Number one son wants me to help with a 10x10 deck this weekend and is
dismissive of my recommendation to sink 4 inch posts beneath the frost line.
Your son might be dismissive of your recommendations but I'd check the
local building codes. In my area it's required to have a 12" concrete
filled sonotube supports set a minimum on 4' into the ground for any
raised decks. As dumb as it sounds to me, one town requires them even
for deck built at ground level.
Thanks for the lead. Found 'em at Lowe's. Easy when you know the name
of the gadget for which you're looking.
I counseled my son to get a permit ... or at least check the code. He
declines to do so. (He's at that stubborn age.) Worst case, he's gonna
get an introduction to the perils of frost heave.
Check the building codes. In our area (Nova Scotia) you may use these
concrete blocks as deck supports, as long as the deck is free standing,
not attached to the house.
I have used them with success. I dug a hole about 18 inches deep, filled
with compacted crusher run (3/4 inch gravel mixed with crusher dust),
and put the block on top. They have not moved through 3 winter/spring
I used them for a free standing deck, in Vermont. I'd built the deck free
standing (the previous deck caused the rim joist and sill to rot out) on 4x4
on 8" sonotubes down 4'. Every year the frost heaved the sonotubes out 4-12".
Every year I had to relevel the deck and every other year I had to rent a
concrete saw and cut off the sonotubes and fit new 4x4s (a RPITA). After six
or so years, the Sonotubes were completely out of the ground and I replaced
them with pyramidal deck blocks. Every year after that, the ground heaved in
the winter and settled back down in the spring. Problem solved.
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