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Q. How do I make a Low Cost Pier?

A. By using a Post Pod on top of a Wooden Post or Concrete Pillar

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How to dig in a wooden post or Pour a concrete Pier/Post

FAQ? How do I install a wood post or concrete pillar to use with my Dyna-Pod Post Pod?
Answer:

Here are suggested methods for mounting posts. If you have ideas on how you do it or want to show off pictures of your installation, please send them to us.


Some one sent in these instructions on how he puts in a post.

I dig the post hole four inches deeper then two feet.
Then I fill that four inches up with pea gravel (for water drainage),
then I put in a treated post with someone holding it.
Then level the post and pour in two sacks of concrete mix( mixed with water) and
fill and tamp your dirt to the ground level or use all concrete mix.
I don’t brace my posts and they turn out fine but if you want, put two 18" 2X2’s on
two different sides at 45 degree angles until the concrete dries.


How do you set a post with QUIKRETE® Fast-Setting Concrete Mix?
(This is from the Quickrete web site on how they recommend doing it.)

Dig a hole that is about 3 times the diameter of the post with a depth of 1/3 the overall post length. Place 6" of gravel or crushed stone at the base to aid in drainage. Position the post and check that it is straight. Pour the QUIKRETE® Fast-Setting Concrete Mix dry from the bag into the hole until it reaches 3 to 4" from the top. Pour water onto the dry mix and allow it to soak in. Add water until the powder is thoroughly wet. This will take about one gallon of water for each 50 pound bag depending on soil conditions. If the hole is deeper than 2 1/2', do the operation in lifts of no more than 2 1/2' each. Fill the remainder of the hole with soil or the sod dug from the hole.


A Sonoco or Quickrete Quik-Tube makes a great form for a concrete pillar that can be used as a pier with the addition of a Post Pod on top. These fiberboard tubes are the same one many people build telescopes out of, but this is what they were really designed for.

After pouring the concrete, with the mounting screws in the holes to and more support, just push the Post pod 3.5” inches into the wet concrete, wiggle it to get out any air bubbles, then support it with wood or cardboard until the concrete sets, so that the Post Pod does not sink into the concrete.

The Quickrete Web site had a good page on how to set a pillar foundation. I also like adding a piece of rebar for extra-added strength. You can also use glass fiber concrete mix or even add colorants to make it a different color.

If you get ambitious and also want to pour a concrete pad around your pier, remember that the pier should be isolated from the vibration of the pad. An easy way to do this is to put some Styrofoam sheets around the area of the pier when pouring the pad. Remove them later after the concrete sets.



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