If you’re going to build your own deck one of the first considerations after you’ve laid out your posts is how deep your footings should be set. This is determined by the frost line in your area and the map above (courtesy of Home Depot Outdoor Projects) should give you a general idea of how deep you need to go.
The bottom of your footings should sit 6 inches below the frost line so the posts won’t shift as the ground freezes and thaws. You should also check your local building codes and call the city and speak to someone in the engineering department just to be certain of how deep do dig.
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Timothy’s background includes stints at This Old House, ELLE DECOR, Metropolitan Home and Woman’s Day. His work has been published on Wired Design, Bob Vila, DIY Network, The Family Handyman and Popular Mechanics and he has been featured on the Martha Stewart radio show and as a speaker at the ALT Design Summit, K/BIS and the National Hardware Show.