How To Use Deck Blocks?

How far apart do you put deck blocks?

Set the Concrete Blocks

Place the four corner blocks so they are 10 feet apart along the long sides of the rectangle and 8 feet apart along the shorts sides, measuring from the centers of the blocks.

Arrange the remaining rows of blocks so all are evenly spaced between the corner blocks.

Can I use deck pier blocks instead of footings?

A deck pier block is in many ways just a simplified version of a “precast foundation”, a foundation type recognized by building codes. They’re subject to all of the same requirements as a typical footing, regardless of not being cast-in-place. The small bearing area of pier blocks is limited in supporting much load.

Are deck blocks a good idea?

Deck blocks can work well, but you need to consider a few things. Wait for a couple of years, regardless of the foundation you’re using, but especially if you’ll be using deck blocks. They’re the most susceptible to settling because they have so much soil underneath them.

Do I need gravel under deck blocks?

Gravel isn’t needed, but some like to use it. Step #3 Different slopes may require other options or placement of your blocks depending on the steepness of the grade(ground).

Can you build a deck without digging holes?

Fortunately, there’s a simple, cost-effective way to build a deck without digging holes. Construct a floating deck with precast concrete deck piers that rest directly atop the soil. With a bit of assistance and the right tools, you can build a basic deck in a weekend.

How much weight can a pier block support?

Almost every installation manual states that a single 8” x 16” concrete block can carry 8,000 lbs. (just stay under 36″ high). So, your pier can be constructed with single blocks that can easily carry the 5,500 lbs. load (If you are installing a Clayton product, they limit a dry stack, single block pier to 5,760 lbs.).

Can deck posts be buried?

The Buried Post Footing. This footing method involves pouring a concrete pad at least 12” thick at the base of your hole. 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.

Do deck blocks sink?

The deck blocks can sink if the soil under them erodes for some reason or the weight is unevenly distributed. That’s why it’s a good idea to use more than less. Especially in loose soils or wet conditions which requires more weight distribution.

Does a freestanding deck need footings?

It does require this when a deck is attached to a house, but if you’re building a shed or a freestanding deck, you don’t need frost footings. You only have to dig down to the mineral soil below the topsoil. That opens up some time, money, and back-saving options.

How do you level deck blocks?

Table of Contents

  • Introduction.
  • Step 1: Set and Level Four Corners of Blocking.
  • Step 2: Create Lines for Interior Blocks.
  • Step 3: Set and Level Interior Blocks.
  • Step 4: Continue Setting Outer Blocks.
  • Step 5: Lay the Pressure-Treated Deck Joists.
  • Step 6: Begin Laying Synthetic Deck Boards.

How do you build a deck with deck blocks?

How to Build a Floating Deck –