08:04AM | 07/25/04
Member Since: 03/12/04
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Hi everyone,

I just moved into a new house. The builder just poured two deck piles for me. However 1 of the piles was overflowing with concrete. So I leveled it off.

However the second is about 1 ft. shorter than the sono tube. The rebar is sticking out from the concrete and it looks like there is very little aggregate in the concrete. Should I get them back to top off the sono tube and cover the rebar? Is the lack of aggregate a problem?

Should they have leveled the overflowing concrete from the one pile?

Lots of questions. Any information would be appreciated.

Thank you.


11:37AM | 07/25/04
Member Since: 12/27/02
543 lifetime posts
If the top of the pier is levelled off and 6" above grade the pier should be okay.

The bar can be sawed off with a metal blade in a sawzall. I imagine the contractor would be taking care of that for you.

I'm wondering why there isn't an offset post base? They can epoxy in a 5/8 threaded rod & use an ABU base, but usually it's wet set during the pour? This also depends on what part of the country you are in & what the local codes are though...

See piers & foottings on the decks-ca site.

Alter Eagle Construction & Design


02:20PM | 07/25/04
Member Since: 03/12/04
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I'm located in Canada. I looked at some of the decks built in the area and no piers were being used on any of the decks. Posts were directly atop the concrete. I have put up a quick page with some pics of the piles poured.

Anymore info based on these pics is appreciated.


11:08PM | 07/25/04
Member Since: 12/27/02
543 lifetime posts
That is a pier, just like the example I tried to show you. Piers are what hold decks up... a pile is something totally different, used in docks and a number of other applications.

I'm thinking the contractor may be having a hard time here... he'll more than likely get back and complete as time permits. There is nothing wrong so far that can't be addressed.

Alter Eagle Construction & Design


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