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Old 06-10-2009, 01:19 PM   #1
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Ok...soooo...I've been talking about digging a deck for several years...and it just hasn't worked out. One of the problems has always been trying to find "detailed" plans - that is plans that are detailed enough for a rookie to feel confident in tackling. But...I'm also facing the problem of weather. The weekend weather just doesn't cooperate - and this year is no different. We seem to be getting saturated with rain. My question is - do I have to wait until the ground is dry to dig and pour footings? This is not a high deck - no more than 2 ft off the ground and I will be using the form tubes. I have no doubt that if I dig a 36" hole tomorrow - 24 of those inches will have water, very likely. But with no guarantee of a dry spell - I'd really like to get moving on this project. What are my options?
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Old 06-10-2009, 02:02 PM   #2
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Deeper hole. Utility pump. Fill the hole with the water with dry concrete mix. Fill the rest with the hole in the traditional manner.
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Old 06-10-2009, 03:59 PM   #3
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Ok - Thanks. How long should I let the concrete set before continuing the project?
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I'd wait a week before putting any weight on it. After that, build away.
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Thanks. I appreciate the reply.
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