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Old 09-11-2010, 12:40 PM
scagrider22 scagrider22 is offline
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Originally Posted by steve5966 View Post
Is there a spec for this? Really? I'm too lazy to look, but if you want to find it for me i'll gladly read it.

Wood in the ground rots. Doesn't matter what it's treated with or what type of wood it is, it will rot quicker in the ground than out.
The decking will rot out faster than a burried post. In Ohio we put the post 36" deep with a 8" or more concrete footer below the post and the post is always the last to rot. I would recomend talking the owner into new posts that are burried but if not just get some cedar 1''x8"s or 1"x10"s and built a square post cover then wrap the top and bottom of the post cover with a 1"x6" to finish it off. It should cover those crappy blocks and it will make the post look more sustantial. Hope this helps
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Old 09-11-2010, 01:01 PM
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Originally Posted by steve5966 View Post
This is Nebraska, everything has footings.

Thanks for the ideas guys, I was trying to avoid any type of trip hazard, but it looks like a small box around it is the way we will go.
You mean everything in your state is supposed to have footings. Have you actually checked to see if those are more than blocks. Around here you can get those exact blocks at any box store. Don't ever assume the guy before you did the job right.

On the other note a lot of towns simply wont allow for buried posts anymore. True they may limit sway, but proper bracing does the same without placing horizontal loads on the footer. Also if the footer is placed properly it never needs to be replaced, with a post inside you dont get that, and you run the risk that an unknown, rotted, below grade post will give way.
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Old 09-11-2010, 02:07 PM
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I think we all know that wood rots

Not to turn this topic into a *to bury or not to bury" topic -

Posts are easily replaceable. No different than a pier on an ocean, lake, river, etc.
"It's You vs. You"

"People Throw Rocks At Things That Shine"

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-1 CAT hat
-16 pairs of Hanes socks (the Heavy Duty model), many with holes.
-12 pairs of underwear, ranging from Joe Boxers to Jockey, many are in need of replacement. (no more photo requests please)
-hundreds of t-shirts. Some w/ grease stains, some torn & tattered.
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Old 09-12-2010, 11:17 AM
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heres what i would do....thats why i asked to see if you had another pics of the site, but just going off the pic you have heres what i would do....

so to that nature.......
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