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Old 10-04-2009, 07:46 PM   #16
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Uh.............. Why not just cut all the tops off the Sonotubes, (or PVC), all level with each other, BEFORE pouring the concrete?
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Uh.............. Why not just cut all the tops off the Sonotubes, (or PVC), all level with each other, BEFORE pouring the concrete?
We were talking about removing a portion of the tubes after the pour so that the top 3" of concrete could be exposed.
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Or a compromise.... cut them all level (if needed), AND cut through all the way around, 3" down, but leaving 1" of meat in 3 locations at the cut line, which you finish cutting after it sets up. Put some tape inside on the cut line. I built my garage cupboards that way, installing hinges, pulls, and 99% of the door cut-out while on the bench, installed the face plywood with door cuts, finished the cuts, doors already gaped correctly. A real time saver.
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Maybe I'm just not seeing something. If this is merely a deck, and the beams are going to rest on top of the columns, what is the need to cut off 3" of the PVC tube to expose a little bit of concrete at the top?
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It sounds like a combination of being cheap and a cretive architect at the same time.

For a deck do the support properly first and just use the cardboard Sontubes just as professionals do and see if you can be creative to use the plastic pipe for this or something else creative. - It is much easier to cut off the appropriate Sonotubes to fit whatever the grade finally is.

Put a little thought into whether the concrete tube diameter is adequate for the soil you have.

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I agree with the concrete mason. Your soil make-up and grade should dictate the length of the piece of sonotube needed to create a dry flat secure point to place your posts or beams. Don't like the appearance of the sonotubes ? ? , paint them the color of your proposed deck or the color of your home.
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