measurements in your deck plan, determine the size and location of posts
and footings, and mark these points with stakes. Before you dig, make
sure that you know municipal building requirements regarding deck footings
and where any buried services are located on your property.
for posts to a depth of at least 4'. (Deeper holes may be necessary depending
on the deck design and frost conditions in your area.) Holes must be wide
enough to accommodate a concrete form. Tamp a 2" gravel base into
the hole and insert the concrete form. Fill the hole around the form,
tamping down the soil.
form with ready-mix concrete to the desired height. Before the concrete
sets, sink the rebar of an appropriate-sized metal saddle into the centre
of the concrete. Check that saddles are level and lined up square with
the house, and let the concrete cure overnight.
posts into the metal saddles previously set in concrete. Using stainless
steel or hot-dip galvanized nails, fix the posts in place.