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How To Build A Deck - Footings & Foundations

Learn how to install concrete deck footings to properly support your deck. Watch our step by step deck foundations video.

The Buried Post Footing

Learn how to install a concrete deck footing with a buried treated support post as an alternative to a solid pier foundation.

Concrete Deck Footing

Compare the pros and cons of installing a solid concrete deck footing using a cardboard tube or engineered forms.

Footings / Footing Installation

Deck Footing Frost Depth Map

Find out how deep you need to dig your deck footings in your area. Look at our U.S. map of extreme frost penetration.

Digging Deck Footings

Learn how to hand dig or mechanically dig your deck footings with step by step instructions. Learn what to do if you hit a rock.

How many footings do I need for a deck?

Learn how to determine the number of footings and support posts you need for your deck when designing your deck frame.

Water in deck footing holes

Find out what to do if your deck footing holes fill up with water.

Deck Footing Size Chart

Learn how large to make your deck footings. Use our table for maximum allowable loads to determine the proper size for your soil type.

Soil Conditions For Deck Footings

Learn about how soil conditions can affect the size of your deck footings. Do you have gravel, sand, or clay soil

Bigfoot Footing Forms

Learn about the advantages of using Bigfoot systems concrete footing forms. Research their testing and code compliance reports.

How do I install footings for a deck on a steep sloping yard?

Our inspector explains how to install concrete deck footings on uneven ground.

Can I reuse the footings from my old deck for a new deck project?

Our inspector discusses the topic of reusing footings for a new deck.

Do I need to use rebar for my concrete footings?

Our inspector discusses using steel rebar for deck footings.

Can I use deck pier blocks instead of footings?

Our inspector explains the pros and cons of using pier blocks for deck foundations.

Deck Footing Spacing and Layout

Learn how to layout your deck footings accurately using triangulation with our step by step instructions.

Prevent Frost Footing Heaving

Learn about how frost heaving can damage your deck. The solution is to properly install your deck footings.

Before You Dig Phone Numbers

Use this directory to find the website and phone number for the free underground utility locate services in your area.

Footings / Concrete

Working With Concrete

Learn tips from the pros on how to mix and pour concrete for deck footings.

Foundation Washout

Steep hills and loose soil can be a recipe for disaster for deck footings. Consider some of our tips to help prevent your footings from washing away.

Prevent Deck Footings From Sinking

Sinking deck footings can lead to serious problems. Learn about what can cause concrete footings to sink. Properly installed footings will resist sinking.

Cutting Through a Concrete Patio

Learn how to use a concrete saw to cut a hole in a patio slab to install a deck footing.

Excavating Near a Retaining Wall

Avoid problems related to digging deck footings near retaining walls. Learn some tips from the pros how to handle these difficult situations.

Protecting Your Holes from Collapse

Learn how to use cardboard sono-tubes and hole covers to protect your deck footing holes from caving in and flooding before pouring concrete.

Deck Footing Inspections

Find out what you need to do to pass a deck footing inspection in your city. Footing inspections are usually required for decks.

Hiring a Ready Mix Truck

Learn how to order ready mix concrete for your deck project. Use the decks.com concrete calculator to determine how much you need.

Floating Deck Footings

Freestanding decks and decks built in areas that never experience frost can use floating footings that rest on top of the ground to support the deck.