03:11PM | 02/02/14
I have a contractor building a patio cover - 266 sq. feet, wood, three 4x4 vertical posts over concrete footings. San Diego North county; clay soil. The footings are 6x6. It looks like he built a 6x6x8 form flush with the ground, then dug a hole about 12x12x12 in front of the form (in to the yard and over an irrigation line; no form) and poured the concrete. So a lot of the concrete mass is not actually under the post center. It looks pretty bad.
Doesn't the code require something like 12 inches below the ground, and 12 inches in width? And centered under the post?

David, Moderator

02:59PM | 02/05/14
Member Since: 11/15/13
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I don't know what the codes are in San Diego. I would check with your local code enforcer. If you pulled a permit, I would think he would be around to check it out.
I line in Pennsylvania, I believe the code here is 12" wide and 36" deep so it is below the frost line.


03:04PM | 10/08/14
Member Since: 10/08/14
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I realize my response comes too late... But here is some info directly from the County of San Diego that should enlighten you. I am sure you should be able to find something similar for you specific location that I can almost guarantee will be along the same guidelines specified here within the link below. What you described sounds a bit on the shoddy side.
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