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?
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