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    Well I'm going to build a deck and I have a few questions.

    Anyone got advice for getting the holes dug?

    I'm also wondering if anyone has an opinion on those auger type deck supports they sell at Rona.
    It looks like a manual auger, but you just leave it in the ground, looks interesting.

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    We paid someone to dig the post holes and set the posts. Way easier. You just have to mark where you want them.
    No idea about the others.

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    Do you know who did them?

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    you can rent a post digger from Battlefield Equipment...

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    I would rent one and have a friend come help you on the weekend.

    BTW - if you are getting a permit (which you should obviously), make sure to have it inspected when the holes are dug. They will want to confirm that they are deep enough before moving on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by a_bun_in_the_oven View Post
    I would rent one and have a friend come help you on the weekend.

    BTW - if you are getting a permit (which you should obviously), make sure to have it inspected when the holes are dug. They will want to confirm that they are deep enough before moving on.
    I'm staying below 24“ in deck elevation, no permit required AFAIK.
    I found 2 guys on kijiji who will do the holes and set the posts, which seems to be hardest part of the whole thing, so I might do that.

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    We had someone do our fence last year and the holes he dug were nuts. Picture a 6'4 big dude with a HUGE auger getting the thing into the ground so far his hands were below grass level.

    He's done a bunch of our fences in the neighbourhood. Name is Francis Queeneville. Last name might be spelled wrong. But it's close.

    Our fence posts are so deep, it's never going anywhere.
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    I can't remember who did ours but I called around and found they are all roughly the same price. We paid 24$ a post and the guy came into the yard with a small tractor type rig and an auger hitched to the back. They were done in about an hour. Totally worth the money and time you save!

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    Ah yes - no permit needed for decks under 24“

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrMatt View Post
    I'm staying below 24“ in deck elevation, no permit required AFAIK.
    I found 2 guys on kijiji who will do the holes and set the posts, which seems to be hardest part of the whole thing, so I might do that.
    Yup - under 24“ requires no permits.
    I would however get locates done (last time I dug a post hole I managed to wipe out the entire neighbourhoods Rogers cable ).
    I was going to suggest Kijiji or another company especially if your on clay or any other type of hard material - it's not as easy as it looks to use an auger (I know!). Although you don't need a “buddy“ to do it, a two man auger is illegal to rent now - they can be very dangerous.

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    fqfencing2010@hotmail.com

    I can't find his number. But I did find his email. We were happy with him. He does have a f/t trucking job so a lot of his fence work was done over a couple weekends.

    Oh wait! Found a kijiji ad with his number and pics of his work.

    FQ FENCING - London Skilled trades & Construction Services - Kijiji London Canada.
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    We did 6 holes last summer for our gate and pergola. I ran the auger myself for the most part.

    One word of advice! DON'T get the auger stuck. They.are.a.B!#$H to get out of the ground! Ha! Try to get one that has reverse.

    Run the auger for a little bit, and then pull it out of the ground. Run again, pull out. Keep doing this until your hole is as deep as you need.

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