Try driving a spike with a load distribution plate into the ground
This is one way to build a footing for your deck without the effort of digging holes and mixing cement.
The OZ-Deck is a ground anchored deck footing
system that eliminates the need to use concrete footings for a floating
or free standing deck.
It Works Well
It's a very well made product and is installed fast and easy if you
have access to a rented jack hammer. You can also use a sledge hammer to
bang the post and spike into the ground.
I have used it and have seen first hand how quick it is compared to
digging, mixing and pouring cement. And the deck support posts are just
so stiff... its impressive. The posts are very strongly secured to the
You will get a post connection to the footing that gives you pretty
good lateral resistance. This means you might be able to build a deck
that is a bit higher above the ground before you will notice the need to
brace the posts and the joists.
Certainly it's a stronger solution than a concrete block - but not as cheap. Still far less expensive than digging footings.
Free Standing Decks Only
Do not use this style of footing if your deck has to be connected to
the ledger. But thankfully the vast majority of decks do not need to be
connected to the house.
OZ-Deck Foundation System
Quite simply, you drive the anchors into the ground with a jack hammer
based on certain pre-determined spacings from each other and the size of
the deck beams.
But what makes it better than the concrete deck blocks you have
probably seen is that there is a base that wraps around the anchor at
This spreads the load horizontally so it can handle some heavy
forces. But it's more stable than a deck block system because the
anchors are so securely embedded into the soil.
What are the Benefits?
Save on time, labor, materials, mixing cement, and clean up and the foundation won't blow away in high winds.
I could see this being quite beneficial for builders in most areas
of the country as well as home owners who want to build a deck without
the back breaking labor of digging holes and pouring cement.
If you think these kind of deck foundations could be the right option for you, then go to Ozco.
Don't Want To Use A Jack Hammer?
If you don't want to bother renting a jack hammer or it intimidates you then you can consider using the Titan Deck Foot Anchor.
This is a helical anchor system that also uses a load plate. But it
drives in or out of the ground with ease using a lightweight impact
Simple to use for anyone of any skill. Learn more here.
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