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Re: [Shop-talk] Footings and piers for decks

To: Jim Franklin <> definitions=2020-04-16_10:2020-04-14, 2020-04-16 signatures=0 malwarescore=0 phishscore=0 bulkscore=0 spamscore=0 clxscore=1015 mlxscore=0 mlxlogscore=825 adultscore=0 classifier=spam adjust=0 reason=mlx scancount=1 engine=8.0.1-2002250000 definitions=main-2004160159
Subject: Re: [Shop-talk] Footings and piers for decks
From: Pat Horne via Shop-talk <>
Date: Thu, 16 Apr 2020 18:14:46 -0500
Cc: Shop-talk <>
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24â?? diameter hole is pretty large. I had 24â?? piers drilled by a company. 
They brought a large drill truck. I had 3 piers drilled 25â?? deep, including 
bell bottoms. Cost was $800. Only reason I brought this up is it might not be 
that much over the cost of the skid steer to have someone else drill them. 


Pat Horne 
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> On Apr 16, 2020, at 1:13 PM, Jim Franklin via Shop-talk 
> <> wrote:

Having decided it's better to build a nice ornate deck out of PT than a 
small simple deck of of fancy materials, I'm looking at the foundation. Frost 
line here is 48" and I need 18" footings. I have found 3 options and I'm 
wondering if I missed anything:

1. Traditional concrete with forms and sonotubes
2. Pre-cast footings (22", 100 lbs)  and stackable piers (EZ-Tube)
3. Helical piles 

I haven't heard back from the town on that last one and they're the priciest at 
$275 per. The pre-cast are $150 per. Concrete will require hauling about 45,000 
bags into the backyard. 

I'm leaning towards #2 . I don't own any yard equipment but I can rent a skid 
steer with auger, though not a 24" auger I don't think.

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