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Old 06-03-2011, 04:56 AM   #1
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deck posts.

GGot holes dug 3ft deep and now 3 quarters filled with water. Was going to pour bag in dry then top it off with soil but now not sure what I should do ground really wet and fills back up we've had a lot of rain here in northwestern pa


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Are you installing concrete foundation colums with the deck support sitting on top or are you direct burial of the deck supports?


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I would not do it that way. Pump the holes as dry as you can, then mix the concrete normally, mixing it on the dry side. Too wet concrete loses strength. As suggested, using sonotubes is a good idea.
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Old 06-03-2011, 07:37 PM   #4
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Also keep in mind that wood should not be set directly into the concrete. You should set an anchor into the concrete and then fasten your post. Some inspectors may actually fail you if post are in the concrete. The wood will shrink inside the concrete and create a space between the concrete and the post causing a pocket for the water to sit in and not drain. This will cause premature rot.

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I agree. Drain the holes and mix the concrete as directed for the proper strength.
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