05:56PM | 10/08/02
Member Since: 10/07/02
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i live in western ny and would like a little advise on a footer and concrete block construction of my proposed front porch - with flag stone top. i want to prevent any possibility of heaving.

aerial view is 10' X 10' --- top slab including the treads. i was told to dig down 40" --- 8" for the footer and three courses of block to bring it up to grade.

how wide and what shape should the footer be? should it be placed inside of the 10x10 perimeter? should a slab be installed at grade level before installing the stairs?

the vertical drop from my front door to grade is about 27"

any ideas would be appreciated.....

pw from chautauqua, ny......


09:58AM | 10/09/02
Member Since: 09/17/02
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Is this going to be a slab on grade porch or is it going to raised up the 27" to be level with the door or one step down?


05:56PM | 10/09/02
Member Since: 10/07/02
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thanks joed......

in order from the front door to the ground: front door, 3" platform (slab) 27" of cement block, grade, more block - 32", footer - 8"

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