10:40PM | 06/19/04
Member Since: 06/19/04
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FYI, if anyone is interested in building a floating deck and save time digging holes for footings then building a floating deck might work for you. I started to build a deck with footing but the deck was too large and too many holes to dig. I found that using blocks call Dek-blocks I got from a home improvement store did the job. I posted some photos at that show the process in building this deck. The deck I built is a deck for a pool, which worked out well for me. If you are planning to build a deck under 60 inches then you might want to go over and look at some photos of my deck. Just copy and past the link.

The photos might give you some ideas. The good thing about a floating deck is that you do not have to attach them to the house. No problem with ground heave because the deck moves evenly up and down. I also have some information on the new ACQ PT lumber.


04:24PM | 06/22/04
Member Since: 02/21/04
138 lifetime posts
Seems like a good advertisement for deckblocks. I started buying them for a deck I planned on building, no inspector would allow them in New Jersey so the suppliers stopped carrying them in N.J.

Your deck looks nice but how you you address keeping little ones out of the pool without a gate?


11:04PM | 06/24/04
Member Since: 06/19/04
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I do not know why> But have you try looking up the State bldg code for floating decks or patios. I bet there is something in there that will allow floating deck.

Good Luck


07:12PM | 07/21/04
Member Since: 07/17/04
4 lifetime posts
"moving up and down just as your driveway or sidewalk would"

ever see a flat driveway? a flat uncracked sidewalk? frost upheaval is uneven.


08:10PM | 07/21/04
Member Since: 06/19/04
23 lifetime posts

Yes a drive way would show cracks if it was built incorrectly. I have had my deck for a year now and had no problems with it being un-leveled. Remember with this system the weight is distributed evenly. A driveway might show some cracks but you can still park your car. The deck is not a concrete drive way. The blocks float with the ground heave. If you are saying that part of the deck will heave more than another part I haven’t seen it in my deck yet. When spring thaw completely my deck was at the same place it was the summer before. If you think this is hype then go over to my web page and check out my photos. . And if you still believe it is hype then I will post a photo of what the deck look like now. (Summer of 2004) Second all you have to do is go over to and check out the photos gallery. There you will see decks that were build with the blocks that go back to 1999 over 5 years. They seem to have no problems. Here is an example also go to this gallery (This deck was built Summer of 2002). Both of these remain level to date….Doubting Thomas.

Believe it and you can build it. Just my opinion and the photos to prove it


07:39PM | 07/23/04
Member Since: 12/27/02
543 lifetime posts
Very nice web site, the videographer side of you shows in the nice layout.. and your venture into carpentry is excellent too. Congrats on the "deck of the month" at Dek Block...

Just a tiny word on landscape decks and using a floating system.

Generally to code a landscape deck isn't connected to your home, or above 36" (32"). BUT, even though you don't need to have an inspection to build a low level landscape deck you do need to take a few things into consideration.

Check your local codes, above ground blocking isn't very stable and is not up to code for a lot of the country, high wind and coastal, flood or earthquake zones for example.

You may in your area use these type of block sytems atop of a proper pier & footing however.. then again, not in zones where there is a possible termite infestation. Most local and all national codes require a 1" seperation from the post to the concrete pier.

Never connect this type of deck in areas that freeze to your home, or any perminent structure you will get damage from frost uplift.

Alter Eagle Construction & Design


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