Precast Deck Piers

After inserting the galvanized connecting rod, the author lowers the 80-pound base section into position.

A plank laid across the footing hole provides a bit more control for placing the remaining 60-pound sections and prevents the sides of the hole from caving in.

A plumb bob or laser can be used to position the center of the base, but there’s also some adjustability as the sections are being stacked. Here, the author checks the position of the connecting rod against his original layout.

Once the pier has been assembled, framing can begin immediately. The connecting rod doubles as the anchor for the post base.

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