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Composite decking is manufactured using a combination of wood fiber and plastic. The plastic might be from milk jugs or soda bottles. The deck boards may be hollow or solid with hollow boards being a bit cheaper and less sturdy than solid boards. Solid boards, however, expand and contract, but they are stronger and look more like real wood.
Cost: At the onset, composite decks will cost more than a wood deck, but, due to minimal upkeep over time, may prove to be slightly less than a wood deck.
Upkeep: Understandably, decks are susceptible to all the outside elements. Composite decks require low maintenance with a soft brush and detergent or pressure washing. Scratch resistant materials can keep pet claws from damaging the deck. UV protection offers protection from fading if the deck is not covered

Bolting Deck Beams to Posts: 3 Don'ts for Your Deck

Bolting deck beams to the posts sounds like a good idea, right? And it is—as long as you’re not solely relying on the bolts to hold your deck together and keep it solid and sturdy for years. Bolts alone are not going to secure those beams and posts together tightly enough.

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Deck Post Spacing: A Practical Guide

When using a two-ply deck beam atop 4x4s, you are limited in terms of how far you can space your deck support posts. Smaller beams require more support posts, so any money you gain by purchasing 4x4s instead of 6x6s is more than likely lost because you’ll have to dig more footings to accommodate the weaker 4×4 support posts.

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Setting 4X4 posts into ground | DIY Home Improvement Forum

 · Setting 4X4 posts into ground. Jump to Latest Follow 1 - 11 of 11 Posts. M. miamicuse · Registered. Joined · 2,720 Posts . Discussion Starter · #1 · . Next week I ...

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4x4 vs 6x6 Deck Post: When to Use Each One Effectively

If you’re ready to start planning the building phase of your new deck, this guide contains everything you need to know about whether to choose 4×4 or 6×6 posts for a deck. Size of the deck According to building codes, there is no clear answer on when you should install a 4×4 vs. 6×6 deck post.

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Build a Deck Without Digging Holes Using a Deck Post Base ...

 · Option #2: Build a Deck Without Digging Holes Using Post Anchors. A post anchor is a bracket designed to hold a post with flanges underneath. Instead of digging, the flanges are driven into the ground by hammering on a bit inserted into the bracket with a sledge or a jackhammer. The post is then inserted into the bracket and held in place with ...

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Setting Posts & Poles Without Premixing | Sakrete

Dig a hole using a post-hole digger to 1/3 the length of the post and insert the post. APPLICATION. Have someone hold the post and ensure it is level. Pour the hole approximately 1/3 of the way full with water. FINISHING. Pour Fast Setting Concrete Mix in the hole, ensuring the product is …

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Setting 4X4 posts into ground | DIY Home Improvement Forum

 · Setting 4X4 posts into ground. Jump to Latest Follow 1 - 11 of 11 Posts. M. miamicuse · Registered. Joined · 2,720 Posts . Discussion Starter · #1 · . Next week I ...

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How to Set a Post for a Fence or Deck

 · Setting a post is the foundational step for many projects, including building a fence or a deck. Learn how to dig post holes and set 4x4 posts with gravel, c...

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Railings: Installing Wood Deck Rail Posts | DIY Deck Plans

Post wraps, or covers are available to match most types of composite material as well and will generally fit 4x4 posts. It is easiest to install posts before the decking. This can be done as the finishing step of your deck frame, or as the decking is being installed, pausing for post installation as you go.

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How to Attach 4x4 Post To Deck

 · With the base fastened in place, center your 4x4 or 6x6 post, and set the four side plates in place along the outside face of the post. Then drive the included fasteners through the side plates in the appropriate pre-drilled openings.

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Should deck posts be 4x4 or 6x6?

 · Dig post hole so diameter of the hole is 3 times the width of the post (i.e., the hole for a 4” wood post should be about 12 inches wide). The depth of the hole should be 1/ 1/2 the post height above ground (i.e., a foot tall fence would require a hole depth of at least 2 feet). Can you build a deck with 4×4 posts?

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setting deck posts (4x4) in concrete anchors/piers | DIY ...

 · my deck is fully floating, 36" high. i used 4x4 post on simpson strong tie ancor into concrete pier. i was also worried about lateral movement due to no ledger.. but when i installed hurricane ties between all beams & joists it made a HUGE difference. deck is …

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Setting Posts & Poles Without Premixing | Sakrete

Dig a hole using a post-hole digger to 1/3 the length of the post and insert the post. APPLICATION. Have someone hold the post and ensure it is level. Pour the hole approximately 1/3 of the way full with water. FINISHING. Pour Fast Setting Concrete Mix in the hole, ensuring the product is …

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Correct Installation of Posts Anchors in Deck Footings ...

 · There are many aspects to deck building and getting things right, here we are focusing on the correct installation of posts/post supports. We aren’t saying people are doing things wrong, but making sure you or your builder is installing the posts correctly will ensure your deck is up to standard and lasts as long as possible.

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Bolting Deck Beams to Posts: 3 Don'ts for Your Deck

Bolting deck beams to the posts sounds like a good idea, right? And it is—as long as you’re not solely relying on the bolts to hold your deck together and keep it solid and sturdy for years. Bolts alone are not going to secure those beams and posts together tightly enough.

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Deck Post Spacing: A Practical Guide

When using a two-ply deck beam atop 4x4s, you are limited in terms of how far you can space your deck support posts. Smaller beams require more support posts, so any money you gain by purchasing 4x4s instead of 6x6s is more than likely lost because you’ll have to dig more footings to accommodate the weaker 4×4 support posts.

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Build a Deck Without Digging Holes Using a Deck Post Base ...

How to Attach 4x4 Post To Deck - The Installation Guide ...

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Setting posts for a non floating dock

 · Setting posts for a non floating dock #307347 09/24/12 11:56 AM. Joined: Mar 2009. Posts: ... that I cut and used for posts. I think that 4x4's might tend to sink once all the weight is added due to the small surface area ... I put in 6x6 inch green treated posts 15 years ago for my pond deck/gazebo and I can't see any degrading to the post in ...

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Deck Foundations

However, most concrete deck blocks can only hold 4x4 posts, not 6x6s and they have no lateral strength at the base of the post. Also, if you drop set the framing into the groove, the underside of the joist is still 6" above grade. So, you may want to build a deck that is lower to the ground.

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How far apart should posts be on a deck or when building ...

 · The maximum spacing of 4x4 deck posts should be 6 feet on center, while the maximum spacing of 6x6 deck posts should be 8 feet on center. DecksDirect Pro Tip: Using the Drivable Post Anchor by OZ-Post to create a solid deck footing for your …

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The Buried Post Footing | Decks.com

The pressure treatment companies insist that these posts will last longer in the ground than the deck frame that is built above it, and this practice is accepted by the IRC code. The buried post method offers the advantage of reducing the amount of concrete work required for each footing and actually provides additional lateral (side-to-side) support to the post to resist wind loads.

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Deck Foundations

However, most concrete deck blocks can only hold 4x4 posts, not 6x6s and they have no lateral strength at the base of the post. Also, if you drop set the framing into the groove, the underside of the joist is still 6" above grade. So, you may want to build a deck that is lower to the ground.

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How to Properly Install Deck Posts | ProWood Blog

Build a deck that will last for years to come by properly installing deck posts. First off, mark where deck posts will stand in the yard. There are several ways to set deck posts; we recommend attaching the posts to concrete footers above the ground. This helps to prevent wooden posts from rotting.

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Can I use 4x4 posts as the primary support for a deck?

My concern is that all the information I've found on decks shows people using 6x6 posts as the main supporting structure, with beams on top of those and joists on top of the beams. I only see 4x4 posts used to form the supports for the railings. I'm hoping to use the current design, and replace all of the posts, decking, and railings.

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Deck Post Installation Procedure for Deck Design-Build ...

Deck Post Setting, Bracing, Cutting. A deck frame is composed primarily of three components: posts, beams, and joists. This article will show you how to prepare and install each of these parts for a typical deck, as well as how to tackle more advanced techniques such as framing around the corner of your house and building openings in the deck.

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How to Attach 4x4 Post To Deck

 · How to Install a Wood Deck Post. The quickest and most secure way to mount a wooden 4x4 or 6x6 deck post to an existing deck surface is via an OZCO Post Base Kit or a Titan Post Anchor. Both of these items provide a solid, powder-coated steel connection point for your wooden post …

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setting deck posts (4x4) in concrete anchors/piers | DIY ...

 · my deck is fully floating, 36" high. i used 4x4 post on simpson strong tie ancor into concrete pier. i was also worried about lateral movement due to no ledger.. but when i installed hurricane ties between all beams & joists it made a HUGE difference. deck is …

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How to Attach 4x4 Post To Deck

 · How to Install a Wood Deck Post. The quickest and most secure way to mount a wooden 4x4 or 6x6 deck post to an existing deck surface is via an OZCO Post Base Kit or a Titan Post Anchor. Both of these items provide a solid, powder-coated steel connection point for your wooden post …

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Can I use 4x4 posts as the primary support for a deck?

My concern is that all the information I've found on decks shows people using 6x6 posts as the main supporting structure, with beams on top of those and joists on top of the beams. I only see 4x4 posts used to form the supports for the railings. I'm hoping to use the current design, and replace all of the posts, decking, and railings.

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Installing Wood Deck Support Posts | Decks.com

In the past, many decks were built with 4x4 support posts (also called structural posts). But these can bow seriously, even if a deck is only 3 feet off the ground. For that reason, we strongly recommend that you use 6x6s instead, even if your building department does not demand them. And if a deck is over 10 feet tall, you should install bracing.

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