How deep should I dig the footer for a five-to-six-foot high stucco wall made of concrete blocks? The blocks are 6x8x16. Do you have any other particular advise about how to do the construction properly? This is my first time building a stucco wall. Thank you! jayessak
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The depth from grade to the bottom of the footing is generally a function of where you live, and how deep the frost penetration is during winter. If you live in Florida, then it's hardly a concern, and a couple of feet may do (check local codes). But if you live along the northern frontier, all the way from New England to Washington, then you'll be looking at more like 48 inches or more. Much of this will also depend on the function of the wall. Is it load bearing (like for a building), is it a garden wall, or is it just decorative in nature? Load bearing walls require adherence to depth of cover rules for structural reasons.