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Old 11-21-2009, 09:57 AM   #1
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Deck footing inspection - set forms/rebar first or no?


Since it's the weekend (and I can't call the inspectors), I need to know if the footing inspection for a deck normally requires that any forms and rebar be set or if the inspectors want to look at just the dug hole. My footings are 16" (base) with a 10" pier set down 32" below grade. I plan to use rebar in an X pattern in the footing base and two vertical bars in each pier. Not sure if the building inspectors typically want to see the forms and rebar set or if they're only concerned with the depth/size of the hole.

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is the rebar just an add on your part over local code requirements? if so i would leave out until after inspection so any loose fill that may fall in can be cleaned out. here in va they want to see a clean footing unless you have plans showing steel in which case they want to see plan of grid and steel in place

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Normally they want to see the hole first to verify depth and solid soil at the foot. In some areas and if indicated on the plan for rebar they may come back and inspect that also.
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Here, they want to see the footing as it sits, finalized, fully completed, ready to receive concrete. They do not expect, nor do they take kindly to, you doing anything more to something they have inspected....... unless it is to complete a task they specify in order to pass inspection. ie "Do so and so, then go ahead and pour it." That's a fairly common remark they will make if it is only a small thing they want corrected, and not really worth their time to come back out to reinspect.
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