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Password Area Coverage

If you haven't already read our free information on deck and gazebo footings, please check out our Footings section under the "How-To" menu. Otherwise, below is a detailed list of the topics covered in the Foundation section of the BestDeckSite Password Area. For a complete outline of all the sections and topics covered see the Password Coverage Page. If you want the best gazebo and deck building information, Get A Password Today.

  • Footing Calculator
    Take the guess work out of sizing your deck footings with BestDeckSite's Footing Calculator.
     
  • Marking, Digging, & Grading
    The various types of digging equipment, making sure the holes are in the right place, and getting the yard grade right.
     
  • Determining Soil Type
    Instruction on how to determine your soil type and the importance of classifying your soil related to sizing footings.
     
  • Sizing Footing Example
    Step-by-step directions on sizing the footings for an example deck.
     
  • Post Uplift
    Anchoring your deck against high winds.
     
  • Footing Thickness & Rebar
    Determining footing thickness, the amount of steel reinforcing bar, and the diameter of the footing based upon the type of soil and the expected load.
     
  • Footing Embedment
    When embedding posts makes the most sense.
     
  • Pouring Footings
    How to create forms, mix strong concrete or get concrete delivered, and safety tips.
     
  • Frost Heave
    Causes and prevention of foundation uplift due to frozen ground.
     
  • Foundation Types
    Discussion of eight different types of gazebo and deck foundations.
     
  • Backfilling
    The importance of proper backfilling and how different types of fill affect the rigidity of the structure.
     

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