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 http://decks.hemmingsjones.com 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.
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