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pouring concrete around original footing

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pouring concrete around original footing  (post #213016)

hello everyone,

 

my husband and I are finally deciding to put sidewalks around our home. We built 4 years ago and had a footing poured for the two porch posts (see picture). Can we pour concrete around the cedar post the way it sits now, or do we need to take any extra steps?

 

any advice would be greatly appreciated, thanks!

 

Well, we can't see your (post #213016, reply #1 of 5)

Well, we can't see your picture.  (A fairly common problem, as the software here is pretty hard to use.)

But generally speaking you can pour a slab around a footing of some sort.  However, it's generally best to use a spacer between the two so that they don't lock together but can rise and fall (with soil frost/levels) independently.


Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed.  --Herman Melville

is there a way I could repost (post #213016, reply #2 of 5)

is there a way I could repost picture?

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OK, we can see that. There (post #213016, reply #3 of 5)

OK, we can see that.

There is a problem with the way things are set up.  The "footing" for the post is apparently a fairly large slab -- about 3 feet on a side.  If you pour the sidewalk over that then the footing slab will cause the new sidewalk to break.  It is therefore necessary to pour the sidewalk around the slab, then pour a separate piece over the slab (so that the surface is level).  There should be a spacer between the two separately poured pieces, so they can move independently.


Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed.  --Herman Melville

Dan, thanks for the insight. (post #213016, reply #4 of 5)

Dan, thanks for the insight. I understand what you mean.

 

the footing is about 3' total with post in the middle. Do we have to take any precautions for the post to prevent the bottom rotting?

 

Ps if somehow I labeled your reply as inappropriate I didn't mean to!!! Sorry :-)

It's certainly not ideal to (post #213016, reply #5 of 5)

It's certainly not ideal to bury the post in concrete like that.  The end will eventually rot out, except perhaps in near-desert conditions.  Best would be to raise the footing and shorten the post so it sits on top.  (Or embed a metal anchor in the concrete and set the post on that.)


Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed.  --Herman Melville