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Old 05-30-2018, 06:48 AM   #16
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Does anyone see any brick in this picture that would cause any failure.?

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So did this guy come back today? Curious to hear what he did/said.
After the first day I called him and told him I was uncomfortable and questioned why they weren't buried. I said I wanted him to stop for the next day so I could think about it.

He asked me my concerns. And offered some options... not attaching to the house and make it freestanding. Burying the precast blocks with the posts.. the latter which I don't think is wise.

He explained its not a lot of weight and evenly distributed across it. And that it will be very secure and stable.

He is adding 2 posts to the other side and it will be freestanding now. I get that it's not the exact right way to do it. But I feel better with it not attached to the brick.
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Old 05-30-2018, 08:04 AM   #18
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So he didn’t get a permit and this is not being inspected? Was that his choice or yours?

Where are you located? Is it anywhere that experiences below freezing temperatures for extended periods during winter?
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Does anyone see any brick in this picture that would cause any failure.?

No brick in that picture that would cause a FAILURE ?
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So he didn’t get a permit and this is not being inspected? Was that his choice or yours?

Where are you located? Is it anywhere that experiences below freezing temperatures for extended periods during winter?
There was no permit discussed.

Yes I live in a winter area. Toronto area. He assures me it will not move and he has installed many with this configuration.

Are you telling me this will move?
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Ok... so based on your replies... I guess I should be stopping this project.
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I think there are others here that are familiar with common building practices in your area. I am not. But I do live in a area that experiences frost heave and in my area I would be digging footings below frost depth for that project. Just like your deck is built.

The risk that people are poking at is the potential for the negative impact that frost heave and or settling might have on the pergola or the deck since he has attached the two together.

The other potential risk is that someone at the city finds out this was built without a permit and makes you redo the whole thing. In my area that risk would be small but it's there. The code enforcement guy drives around sporadically looking for things like this.

What you do is up to you but at least you are making an informed decision.

Also. You are in the right place if you want to build this thing yourself and guarantee it's done right and will last. Plenty of people here that can and will walk you through every step of the way.
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