Pouring Posts for a Deck or Balcony
Featured Product: Form Tubes
- Cut the Sakrete Form Tube to the desired length.
- Use the recently cut tube to mark the area. This creates a guide of the minimum circumference of the ground that needs to be removed to place the tube properly and level.
- Excavate the area and dig out the space sufficiently, making the hole as deep and wide as needed to ensure the tube will be stationary and level when placed.
- Use a tape measure to check the depth of the hole periodically. Continue digging out the area until there is adequate room available for tube placement.
- Allow the top of the tube to sit above grade by 1- 2” after placement.
- Place the tube in the prepared hole and use a level to confirm proper placement and levelness.
- Place a minimum of 2’ of gravel at the bottom of the hole. This aids in proper drainage.
- Mix Sakrete High Strength Concrete according to the bag's mixing instructions.
- Fill the form tube with prepared concrete to the desired height.
- Rodding the material may be needed to eliminate air voids during concrete placement.
- Trowel the surface of the form tube contents.
- Place the post brackets while the mix is wet. Be careful not to disrupt the mix too much when placing the hardware.
- If a larger gap is created during hardware placement, replace and pack the mix around the newly inserted hardware. This will ensure a sufficient grip while the mix is drying and curing.
Note: Any SAKRETE Concrete Mix can be used for this project type. For higher yield per bag and fewer bags to haul and mix, use Maximizer Concrete Mix.
Project Tip: Support requirements will vary by point load and local building code specifications. Consult a contractor in your area for spec and requirement information.
For additional product information, please refer to the product data sheet.
- Concrete & Sand Mix
- Post Setting - Round Post
- Post Setting - Square Post
- Filling a Round Hole (For Post Supports) and Filling Sakrete Form Tubes
- Polymeric Sand/Paver Set/Perma Sand
- US Cold Patch
- All Weather Black Top Patch
- Maximizer Post Setting - Round Post
- Maximizer Post Setting - Square Post
- Maximizer Filling a Round Hole and Filling Sakrete Form Tubes
- Mortar Mix
- Surface Bonding Cement
- Top'n Bond & Flo-Coat
- B-1 Leveler
Calculated results will reflect how many bags are needed for Block and Brick.
Enter the number of bricks (8" x 2" x 4") or blocks (8" x 8" x16") in the box below that you plan to use for your project. The calculator will then tell you the number of bags you need based on the different size of bags we carry.
This calculator is based on a 3/8" mortar joint. All yields are approximate and do not include an allowance for waste, uneven subgrade or any other variations from the joint size and brick and block sizes noted above.
Results will change if form of measurement is updated.