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Old 10-29-2006, 09:59 PM
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Is there a general size that I can use for a specific post? My mom is submitting plans for a garden shade that she is building. In an attempt to get it right the first time, is there a recommended size and depth that she can put in her drawing?

Each post will be a 4x6, 9 feet tall.
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Old 10-30-2006, 12:19 AM
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None that I know of, but then that doesn't mean much. If it isn't heavy or having a ton of structure....a 12"-14" x 2-3' deep should suffice. I do know in some places, they look very hard at post holes. Northern Va. was very tough on the simplest of holes. Soil tests, visual inspections and a few other things I have fortunately blocked from my mind. Hopefully, you won't be in that situation.


Mac, if she is submitting drawings to a city for approval, sometimes they will just change the size note on the drawing and approve it. That is what they will do in San Antonio. We always have to go back and look for corrections when we get plans back from the city. They never tell you when they will correct something...that would take all the fun out of it.
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Well, I don't have a specific code or size either........I guess these things are figured by load (by people smarter than me)

I'd say for most residential type jobs, a 12x12in. wide hole is fine.........the depth should put the bottom of the hole below the freeze line.......Then a bout 8in. of concrete should work just fine...........
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OPPS........Las Vegas........ Do you have a freeze line there?

Are you going to the SEMA show this year Mac?? I seem to recall you went last year.........We have a bike there at the House of Color booth.
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Our freeze line is about 1/8" to 1/4" down. :evil: It really doesn't even factor in down here. :evil:
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I hear ya I was framing down in NM many years ago and the locals were building a rock fence..........they just sort of drug thier foot across the dirt for thier footer and called it good
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What's a freeze line?

I'll be going to SEMA tomorrow (Friday.) I didn't make it last year.

She got the plans approved before I got back to her. Seems like it was a 12" x 12" and I can't remember how deep, but not very.
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Yay!!! See if you can get more information on this little rig I saw posted in the SEMA photos on another board. Looks like it might be mostly bling, but it might just be handy too...



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