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Old 05-08-2007, 07:58 PM   #16
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It all depends.... If the deck is ground level I might string line it and dig the piers. Or I might just put the perimeter up and then dig the holes.

As far as what I use for temps is usually 2x4 T post or just whatever is laying around. I do put down a block of 2x8,10, or 12 about 16" long under the temp support so it does not sink into the ground.

If I am building over ground and not a concrete patio I will cut a 2x4 with points so I can drive it into the ground. I then attach 1 joist to the stake and nail it when it is OUT of level (too high) then I can just beat the stake in deeper till it is dead level. Do the same on the other side. Then put up the rim joist and double check all for level and square up the deck. Then I put temp supports under the rim next to all the piers. Put a sway brace under the deck to keep it square and commence framing.

Once the inspector shows up I will stop what I am doing and pour the piers.

As far as walking on a deck on temps... That is up to you, it can be dangerous. But as long as you are careful and dont sway the frame it should stay up there. If you nail the temps to the sides of joist/rim and also to the block you would be suprised at how sturdy it is.

Like I said there has been times when I had the ENTIRE deck complete except for the piers and did them last. The deck was 8' high and had a beam that spanned a 2 car garage.
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Old 05-09-2007, 08:05 AM   #17
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My deck will only be 3 ft off the ground. I am thinking that might make it difficult to put the deck on and then try to dig the footings. I might try just doing the rim joist and running a plumb bob down to where I want my footings dug. That way I can have the perimeter up and I would just need to run the joists from there.
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My deck will only be 3 ft off the ground. I am thinking that might make it difficult to put the deck on and then try to dig the footings. I might try just doing the rim joist and running a plumb bob down to where I want my footings dug. That way I can have the perimeter up and I would just need to run the joists from there.
That sounds like a good idea. The whole reason to use temp supports ( in my mind anyway) is for speed and to help you figure out exactly where and how high the posts need to be. For people Who have built a lot of decks figuring where the holes go is not that tuff but I must confess I have missed a few times.
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