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Old 10-17-2012, 03:48 PM   #1
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wood for foundation. R.S.K.


what kind of wood and treating should it be, partially in the ground. It's a foundation.

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Old 10-17-2012, 04:29 PM   #2
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Is this something your going to build or something in place already?
I'd never in a million years suggest anyone have any wood in contact with the earth.
Yes it's been done, just no way I can see it holding up over the long term.

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Here's a link with about everything you might want to know:


http://www.apawood.org/level_b.cfm?content=app_rfl_cs_about



My Son in Law is installing a foundation right now for his new home. He rented a bobcat and drilled each hole 48" deep, and is planning a 30" crawlspace.

He is using treated lumber of course, and to add life to the uprights he is coating each one with raw tar sealant on the bottom part up to 4" above ground level before setting them in place. Pay extra attention to the very bottom of the post as that is where rot can start. UPDATE: I forgot to mention he's pouring about 12" - 15" of concrete into each hole to firm up the post against the ground underneath. I don't know how deep you'd have to go to just use bare lumber in the ground.

My home store expert just built one like this, and he said to be sure to use 12" floor joists both for stability and so you can use a full 12" insulation batt in between the joists to insulate the floor. Joists are placed 24" apart (the same width as standard insulation).

What kind of building are you erecting?

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check out this link for information regarding the use and construction of wooden foundations. This is the requirements of the 2009 International Residential Code.
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check out this link for information regarding the use and construction of wooden foundations. This is the requirements of the 2009 International Residential Code.
That is a great link. I'm glad to learn there are standards for treatment quality on the timbers. Be sure you give that a good read. Also, it would be good to check local permit restrictions (if any).

At least here in Indiana and NW Ohio, code and permitting do not apply if you are building your own house on your own land outside a town or city with local restrictions (rural property). They are currently trying to extend that protection to business buildings like barns as the Amish locally are receiving pressure from the State to get permits and inspections when they build barns - something that is very unacceptable to that community and somewhat laughable, since Amish carpenters represent 90% of the building trades in this area.

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What in the heck is R.S.K.?

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