How do you line up deck posts?
Also to know is, how deep do post holes need to be for a deck?
Footings typically must extend below the frost line to prevent shifting during freeze-thaw cycles. Dig footing holes about 6 inches deeper than required. Fill the bottom of the hole with 6 inches of gravel and compact the gravel with a 2x4 or wood post.
Likewise, should I use 4x4 or 6x6 deck posts? A short 4x4 can carry an awfully big load, and many deck builders use 6x6 posts as a standard, regardless of the height or load of the deck. Though the height of a deck is often questioned only in regard to the requirement for guards, it is a factor in determining the height or “span” of the posts.
Likewise, people ask, should deck posts be set in concrete?
A deck post should always be placed on top of footing, not inside concrete because it can break. When concrete is poured around a deck post in this way, the post will rot due to moisture buildup by the soil.
Can I use 4x4 posts for my deck?
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.