This is a real case study of a how a home owner just like you tackled a 60' x 8' deck addition to an existing deck at his cabin in the beautiful Pennsylvania countryside. A cabin deck with thirty-two footings is a big job and as you are about to see, it would have taken four or five days to dig, mix and set all the concrete according to Tim.
Tim is 51 years old and from Pittsburgh, PA. Having built decks before, he always dug holes and poured cement. This time he realized the job did not require concrete footings.
Tim was kind enough to contact us and share his experience with us. He said, "The biggest advantage of your product to me, at this point in my life, is time and ease of installation. I don’t have the physical stamina to dig 30 holes 36” deep, mix the concrete and set the posts."
"Overall the installation was good. After the first couple we figured out the methodology to make things go quickly. The only issues we ran into were when we encountered rock or very dense clay which took us some time to work hrough."
Pro Tip: You can easily retract the auger if you hit a rock you cannot get around. Move over a bit and drive it down again.
"I have to say that I was initially worried about instability since I had always anchored posts in concrete in the past. But once the beams were set on my notched posts, and the joists on top of that, and the deck boards on top of that, everything got stronger with each layer of material."
"The end result is a strong 60’ x 8’ L-shaped deck that tripled our outdoor living area at our summer cabin in the forest. And I did it largely by myself (I did ask for some help with your anchors just because of my unfamiliarity). Five complete working days for the entire deck. Only a single working day for the posts. Not bad for a 51 year old guy."
"I gotta say, had I used concrete instead of your product, it would have taken over twice as long – and that is assuming that my body would have held out long enough to even complete the job in the first place."
"The biggest advantage of your product to me, at this point in my life, is time and ease of installation. Not so much financially. I say this because at this point in my life I have the money to spend on either your product or concrete."
"But I don’t have the physical stamina to dig 30 holes 36” deep, mix the concrete and set the posts. I mean I could get it done."
"Honestly setting the posts the traditional way would have taken me three days alone, and I would have been a physical wreck at the end of that process – and still had all the rest of the deck to finish."
"Your product made it possible for me to do what I wanted to do in the time I had to do it, and I did it myself which I take a lot of pride in."
"I am attaching a picture after day two of the build. I am amazed how much I was able to get done in the first 2 days, which allowed me to rock and roll afterwards. I couldn’t have done it without your product. That is an absolute truth."
"Couldn't be any more satisfied. Rarely does a product do exactly what you think it will do, but yours does. It allowed me to finish my project in record time, and it is solid as a rock."