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Old 05-23-2010, 09:41 AM   #1
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how long can a sonotube sit before concrete is poured?


I need to dig 8 footings for my deck, and will be doing this over the course of about a week. I want to pour all the concrete after the holes are dug, and the sonotubes are set. My question is can I set each tube and backfill as I go along (which leaves smaller holes in my yard), or should I wait until right before I pour the concrete? I'm worried about the tubes getting soggy before I can get concrete in them, but at the same it would be easier to protect a small 8" opening rather than the un-backfilled hole.

By the way, weather looks decent for the next week. No inspections. And soil drains pretty well.

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how long can a sonotube sit before concrete is poured?


The tubes will degrade over time due to moisture. They should be filled as soon as possible once they're set.
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I've had them backfilled for a week. It's not a problem if the soil is reasonably dry. Keep them covered with a tarp.
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Thanks.

I hope that one week would be the maximum that they'd sit.
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