Originally Posted by robertcdf
I build all my decks on temp supports... Then I dont have to wait for the concrete to harden or have to wait for inspectors. I pour once they come. Sometimes I already have a few courses of decking down before they show up. I also like to leave the temps in till the project is 100% complete. Then I know the piers are good and set up.
In fact I dont know any other way to build decks. I dont know how to put the beam up first on piers... It just seems odd to me to even try that way.
I agree with you Robert. That is the same way we build our decks. We use temp. supports also until the end.
You definitely eliminate the waisted time it takes to wait around for the 'hole' inspection.
I also think that this helps you to get the piers placed 'spot-on', exactly where you want them, when you have the frame up. (Rather than doing it all 'backwards' as you mentioned)
BTW Cibula, - The key to doing your project in a 'set time', is to list every item that you will need to do this, and have them 'on-site'. Years ago, we had a couple of our workers building a deck project for us. They spent so much time driving back and forth to get more lumber and deck fasteners that they doubled the time of the job. (It was our foreman and he was ''supposed to'' spec. the proper materials needed for the job)
After that incident, I developed a spread sheet with all the different fasteners listed and all the different lumber segments needed to complete a deck project. Each can be listed by the dimensions needed and checked off, so nothing is overlooked or forgotten about.
Good Luck on your deck project.