The photo on the left shows a post set in a bracket that has been mounted to the top of a footer. The photo on the right shows a post that has concrete poured around it, which can lead to a crack like you see here. When concrete is poured around a deck post in this way, the post will rot due to moisture buildup by the soil. Concrete tends to absorb moisture and wood expands when it gets wet, so these two factors combined will result in the wood breaking the concrete. By setting the
post on top of footing, you're creating a solid foundation for the deck to stand on.
I needed a new lamp for my daughter's bedside table, so I took this fabulous shade from Wayfair and embellished the outside with pom poms and the lined the interior with scrapbook paper. Super easy and makes a dramatic impact!
Trying to find a successful way to keep cats from using your plant beds and gardens as a litter box can be quite frustrating. I've been in the same boat, but I didn't want to use anything that would harm the cats. I found a solution that has been successful!