how to build a solid, frost-proof deck footing the family how to get a solid, frost-proof footing: when you pour concrete footings, hold the cardboard concrete form tube about 12 in. up from the bottom of the footing. do this by nailing the sides of the tube to the center of a tic-tac-toe grid of 2x4s at the top of the hole. then dump concrete through the tube into the bottom of the hole.
deck layout and footing position spacing diy deck plans layout and footing locations. starting with your perimeter, mark the location of each deck post to locate the fitting position. in general, posts should be spaced no more than 8 feet apart. some builders position them every 4 feet for a completely rigid frame. the maximum distance between footings is determined by the size of your joist material.
2020 deck framing & footing guide building & spacing always backfill under posts or footings with gravel for proper drainage. in warmer climates you can use premade footings. check with your local code enforcement agency for specifics. wood vs. steel & other footing options. most decks are wood, it’s simple to work with and easy to fix mistakes while being the more affordable choice.
8 ground level (floating) deck footings options [#1 is my deck footings come in a variety of sizes for various sizes of posts ranging from 10” pads to 24” pads. price . pads run $80 for six 10” pads. for a 10×8’ deck with 12 footings, expect to spend about $160 on footings. larger pads are more expensive. pros. easy to install. lightweight. cons. you still have to dig footing holes.
ground rules for grade-level decks professional deck builder you can build decks sized 10 feet by 20 feet, 12 feet by 16 feet, or 14 feet square without a permit, and—theoretically—if you need a larger deck, you could build adjacent deck frames that each are 200 square feet or less and don’t lap continuous decking over them, without a permit. shallow footings save digging
deck foundations - alternative ways to support decks the cheapest deck foundations are concrete deck blocks that just sit on the ground. the blocks are usually less than $10 apiece. however, you must buy a lot of them to ensure the weight of your deck is spread out over enough soil surface area so that they don't sink.