VUETRADE™ Installation Guide – How to install Post Supports in Deck Footings

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A lot of focus is around the longevity of the top decking boards, what you see and notice most; but incorrect installation of the posts supporting the decking can cause premature rotting!

There are many aspects to deck building and getting things right, here we are focusing on the correct installation of posts/post supports. We aren’t saying people are doing things wrong, but making sure you or your builder is installing the posts correctly will ensure your deck is up to standard and lasts as long as possible.


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You can read here or download the VUETRADE™ Installation Guide on the link above.

Depending on the load and dimensions of the deck, footing requirements and measurements do vary. These requirements include the depth and diameter of each individual footing and the distance between them. All of these information is available in AS 1684 and AS 2870. However, a quicker and cheaper alternative is enquire with the local building authority, to save the hassle of buying and going through the Australian Standards.

There are two different ways of casting concrete footings.

Method 1: Embed a VUETRADE™ Post Support into wet concrete. A 75mm minimum clearance between the post to the base support is required by the Building Codes of Australia (BCA) and Australian Standards, illustrated in Figure 1 and the stirrup needs to extend to at least 100mm into the wet concrete to be able to achieve its respective design capacities. The 75mm clearance acts as a termite inspection zone for local building authorities and also to increase the lifespan of the post.

Most common error occurs when the galvanised post stirrups are embedded into the concrete without clearance from the base which causes the timber posts to be in direct contact with the concrete. Concrete absorbs moisture, keeping the posts moist. This can potentially cause premature rotting in the timber post which results in a decreased performance its structural integrity. A list of VueTrade™ products are tabulated in Table 1.

Method 2: Embed the post into the concrete footing. To do so, BCA states that the holes for the embedded posts is filled with 100mm depth of coarse gravel before backfilling with concrete, shown in Figure 1. However, this method is not recommended as only specific species of timber are allowed to be embedded into wet concrete.

Table 1: VUETRADE™ Post Supports

Purpose Existing Concrete Substrate Set into Wet Concrete

VUETRADE™ Products


Bolt Down Post SupportsVUETRADE Stainless Steel Bolt Down Post Support T Blade Post SupportsVUETRADE Stainless Steel T Blade Bolt Down Post Support Full Stirrup Post SupportsVUETRADE Coastal 316SS Marine Grade Stainless Steel 316 Full Stirrup Post Support Anchor Cyclonic Post SupportsVUETRADE Stainless Steel Cyclonic Post Support Bladed Post SupportsVUETRADE Centre Blade Post Support Stainless Steel
Dimensions Available Galvanised

Stirrup Size: 90mm, 100mm, 115mm, 125mm

Stainless Steel

Stirrup Size: 90mm, 100mm, 115mm, 125mm 135mm, 200mm


Size (mm): Four sizes to suit posts from 90 to 200 square

Stainless Steel

Size (mm): Four sizes to suit posts from 90 to 200 square

Wide range of sizes in both Galvanised and Stainless Steel available. Wide range of sizes in both Galvanised and Stainless Steel available. Galvanised

Heights: 125mm, 300mm

Stainless Steel

Heights: 125mm, 300mm

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