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Old 09-08-2016, 10:56 AM   #1
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Replacing Deck Post on Footing


So I've got a deck post just dangling there (hard to tell in pic). I've picked up a new post, and do I need to jack up the deck or can I "force" in a new, slightly longer piece? Thanks!
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Re: Replacing Deck Post on Footing


Hard to tell much from that picture with all the stuff still around the bottom of it.
Is it sitting on a proper footing as it should be with a post base, or just buried in the ground?

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Hard to tell much from that picture with all the stuff still around the bottom of it.
Is it sitting on a proper footing as it should be with a post base, or just buried in the ground?
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Re: Replacing Deck Post on Footing


The quick and dirty answer is to jack the deck up level add about 1/2 " more and slide a new post in, center it on the footing then lower the deck onto it. If you drive a new one in without lifting the deck you will batter the lower end and may have a hard time getting it aligned and leveled correctly.

From your picture it looks like the top of the footing is at or below ground level and that the end of the post has rotted off. If you don't correct that your new post will rot off in a few years too. The better solution is to put some temporary supports in the area of the old post and remove it. Do whatever is necessary to get the top of the footing several inches above ground and install a new post.

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