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Comment by Charles Dunlop on February 14, 2011 at 5:49pm
Ok cool John thanks. That'll make me sleep easier for sure.
Comment by John O'Neal on February 14, 2011 at 5:46pm
Great, Charles, the 90 lbs will create a bell at the bottom. Good move. Also, don't be too concerned about the bolts. Once you tighten them down, all the play will be gone.
Comment by Charles Dunlop on February 14, 2011 at 5:16pm
I hope it's ok, I did fill in around the tube with an extra ninety pounds of concrete, so this sucker should be in there pretty good. If not then I'll just have to dig it out and try again. More worried about the anchoring bolts being a touch loose.
Comment by John O'Neal on February 14, 2011 at 5:08pm
Charles,your pier should be ok. That's what everyone told me to do, too. But I was nervous because there is a train track just south of me and I was worried about vibration. So,I over built....
Same with my PZT. The instructions called for wood screws. I know how wood screws pull out after a year or two. So I replaced the wood screws with nuts & bolts. Problem solved...
Comment by Charles Dunlop on February 14, 2011 at 4:49pm
16 inch 5 feet down. THAT'S solid. You could put a truck ont hat thing! I did 12 inch diameter tube three feet down yesterday, and that seems solid. 16 inches 5 feet.. that's serious!
Comment by John O'Neal on February 14, 2011 at 4:36pm
Hi,Charles, I have a 16" diameter concrete pier sunk 5 feet into the ground that extends upward to the bottom of my deck.Just below the surface of the deck the concrete is topped with 4 bolts. These attach to my steel pipe pier. I did not fill the pier with sand or anything else, for that matter. The metal pier is just over 6"in diameter. Itis a bollard, like the yellow tubes you see in parking lots. Much cheaper than a pier the same size....
Comment by Charles Dunlop on February 14, 2011 at 3:36pm
cool!!! what is the diameter of the cement pole that your pier attaches too and how far into the earth did you put it?

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