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Bob Murphy
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Talk about the perfect inspection time. Check out these "footings". These guys just built the deck. Now they are installing what they called footings. Dig a hole, pour in a few bags of Sakrete, add water, cover with dirt. Works every time!
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I saw that method a lot 10 or so years ago when I lived in Northern Virginia. Seems to be pretty common method there.

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Bob Murphy
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Yes. I see post below grade here all the time. The most I can do is recommend they confirm proper footings etc. This one was in DC. Which is usually where I often find all the real good stuff!

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Bob Murphy
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If your deck posts rot, you can just cut them off and wedge temporary footings underneath them right??

Apparently its my week for decks
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Pretty common here in Oklahoma too !

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A lot of the old timers around here still want to do it this way. Our frost depth is 42-inches so not many opt to do this because you have to go with extra long posts to make up for the difference.

Diamond pier footings are starting to catch on and the engineering has been completed to approve them for the IRC. A few inspectors have mistaken the diamond piers for the regular piers that sit on top of the ground.
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Jeremiah:

That's interesting. Never seen the method. I suppose the tip-off would be the inspection cap. What is that for?

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Ive built several decks without any footings for myself (just set on blocks a few inches under grade) . Ive never had one heave or move. If it does I can fix it and im not concerned with it. That said, I would never build one for someone else without footings.
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Jeremiah that is an interesting system. Curious about the inspection cap myself.

With the deck I mentioned.
The "contractor" and listing agent swore they had permits and inspections. Agent emailed what she called the permit. It was only the plan drawings.
Which showed footings 18x18x36 with metal base collars set at grade. Apparently they were not capable of following their own plan.

I had my client forward the drawings to me, I referenced them and included them in my report

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Mike Casey wrote:Jeremiah:

That's interesting. Never seen the method. I suppose the tip-off would be the inspection cap. What is that for?


Its really an open hole where the long rod gets installed with that "special" jack hammer and then capped off when completed.

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Found some more diamond pier footings on today's inspection.
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