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Old 03-23-2013, 11:37 AM   #16
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did I miss the footings?

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Old 03-23-2013, 11:41 AM   #17
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also, drainage? or are the joist positioned right on top of the mat? What about airflow?? many questions..
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No footings. The structure rests on concrete blocks leveled on undisturbed compacted soil. My location in town is on a topographic ridge which keeps the area free of flooding and has great drainage. The pea gravel under the deck allows moisture to drain easily and there is at least one inch of air space below the framing. So far there have been no moisture or mold issues and the deck has not moved one bit even after two winters, something you probably don't have much experience with, Harry Montana.
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Old 03-23-2013, 07:19 PM   #19
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well I hope my experience is sufficient to assist clients with rumours about wood while the installation did not meet the basic requirements. I am by the way not critizising your deck, it looks very good and great work, but I was just concerned on airflow and drainage especially when the framing is installed directly on the mat. Over time dirt will accumulate on the mat and what happens then with airflow for example? These are questions over a longer timespan, not just 2 years. Anyway, nice deck!

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