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Post Base Attachment

The footings of your deck are exactly what they sound like – the feet of the deck. They’re the concrete foundations that support your deck. In order for posts to properly resist varying degrees of weight, posts must rest on and be anchored to concrete footings. It’s important to note that patios and pre-cast concrete piers do not qualify as proper footings for deck construction.

To anchor posts to concrete footings, you need to use a post base connector. Whether you’re using natural, decay-resistant or preservative-treated wood, it’s recommended that posts be elevated off the concrete by 1 inch to help prevent decay at the end of the post due to moisture.

Installing post base
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Use a drill with a hammer drill bit to install a concrete sleeve anchor into the center of the concrete footing.
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Install the Simpson Strong Tie ABE66Z Adjustable Post Base to the sleeve anchor and tighten the bolt to secure the attachment.
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Set the 6x6 Pressure Treated Post onto the post base and attach by nailing the side flanges to the support post.
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Comments, Questions and Reviews


With 8 ft 6x6 posts directly supporting a 6x12 beam do you recommend using a post base or a column base at the footing? It appears you can use both. The column bases generally appear more rugged to me. In connecting the post to the column base do you always use through bolts (as compared to lag screws)?

posted by MikeH at 7/25/2014 5:09:53 PM

Twenty years ago the deck builder installed 6x6 posts directly into the patio, which is 10 inches thick. One posts has rotted and is being replaced. My option is to fill the hole with concrete and use an anchoring system of some sort. Would you recommend I raise the footing 3-6 inches above the patio level and set the post base anchor into the fresh concrete?

posted by MikeH at 7/21/2014 11:57:56 AM

That sounds like a good plan. I would consult your local building department for local footing depth and size requirements.

posted by mike at 7/21/2014 12:33:10 PM