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Piers Should Have Sloped Shoulders

If you use concrete piers for a deck or porch, it is best to slope the edges to help water drain away. We used to do this when posts were set in the concrete to keep the wood drier. Now it is still a good idea to keep the metal post base from losing the zinc coating and rusting out. The only flat spot on the pier is the center where the post base will rest.

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  • Sharron W
    Sharron W Memphis, TN
    on Nov 12, 2012

    Brillient Brian! As always you are so helpful in your reminders of the DETAILS, details make all the difference in the world to the finished product....

  • Z
    on Nov 12, 2012

    I'll have to ask hubby if he did with with ours. Certainly makes sense. Thanks!

  • Brian Campbell, Basswood Artisan Carpentry
    Brian Campbell, Basswood Artisan Carpentry Saint Paul, MN
    on Nov 13, 2012

    Thanks @Sharron W and @Z Nice that you appreciate these details. They are the sort of thing that are often overlooked. This is something that takes very little time and no additional material expense to speak of, but could make for a longer lasting installation.

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