Post in or post on concrete?

Discussion in 'General Home Improvement Discussion' started by cibula11, Jun 7, 2007.

Help Support House Repair Talk by donating using the link above.
  1. Jun 7, 2007 #1

    cibula11

    cibula11

    cibula11

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 9, 2006
    Messages:
    331
    Likes Received:
    0
    I live in Iowa and code says my footer needs to be 42". Is it better to do post on concrete with a "j" bolt and simpson strong ties, or put the 4x4 post in the concrete? Are there advantages for both or is one better?
     
  2. Jun 7, 2007 #2

    glennjanie

    glennjanie

    glennjanie

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 1, 2006
    Messages:
    2,990
    Likes Received:
    4
    Hello Cibula:
    A wood post in concrete will break the concrete from moisture and swelling. Also the wood in concrete is more likely to be eaten by insects or just plain rot.
    Putting the post on top of the concrete, well drained, well ventilated and well connected is the method I vote for.
    Glenn
     
  3. Oct 11, 2009 #3

    Bay

    Bay

    Bay

    New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 11, 2009
    Messages:
    3
    Likes Received:
    0
    Post in concrete should be used if you have any concern about wind. Hence, a high fence or a deck. If wind is not a big concern but rather load bearing, go with posts on concrete.
     

Share This Page