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Old 05-02-2010, 07:19 PM   #1
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Deck footers--we poured concrete before depth inspection


We are building a 12LX15W deck with 3 posts. We just finished the (3) footers that were dug to 30" in depth and 16" wide and filled them all up with cement. Now we realized the big mistake we made--the building permit requires an inspection of the footer depth prior to pouring any concrete. Any way to prove it w/o ripping it all out?

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Old 05-02-2010, 08:15 PM   #2
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Call them and say what you did.

All you’ll probably have to do is dig out a side down to depth so he can see, just don’t dig below the footing.

This is were a little "polite diplomacy" can go a long way.

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That is what I am hoping will work, a cut out to show the depth..
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Philly,
My excavator cousins always use a steel rod with a crossbar welded on top to form a t-shape to probe for pipes in the ground, water shut off boxes, etc. You could probably make one out of a piece of 1/4" round stock. Twist it at a slight angle next to your pilings and aim for what you figure the bottom is. You should be able to feel whether or not you are hitting th concrete. Might save you digging the hole.
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Thanks for the tip Mike..
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