Tips for Working With Concrete
- Get a permit. To make sure your project is compliant with local rules, check out local building codes and obtain a permit before breaking ground. Then, call an inspector to be sure your project is up-to-code before getting started.
- Required thickness for footings. Concrete footings typically have a required thickness of 6” to 10”. If you’ve done your homework and checked your local building codes, you’ll be able to find out how thick your footings need to be in order to remain compliant.
- Just add water. Bags of concrete come pre-mixed, which means you simply add water and mix it in a wheelbarrow or portable mixer. Once mixed, all you need to do is pour it into various forms to create patios, footers, or walls to lay a foundation for your deck.
- Buy a little extra. We recommend buying slightly more concrete that what you think you need in case you make a mistake with calculations, accidentally spill or add too much water to the mixture. Having extra concrete mix on-hand can help prevent project delays or having to run out and purchase more if you find you need more concrete than you originally thought you’d require.
- Allow time to cure. Give your concrete approximately 24 hours to set before you attach the post base or install the weight of the posts.