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Old 10-21-2008, 02:58 PM   #1
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Ohio Frostline -footers


Building a simple enclosure for propane tanks, (similiar to trash enclosure, but better vented) I am digging out footers for concrete. A manual post digger.

About 20" down, this is nearly an impossible dig. 4 to 5" within the ext siding, in to severly compacted clay with heavy stone mix. Too close to the home for (1) man gas auger or similar; dingo, etc.

Recently I heard the frostline in OH is 30" +.

Is this right?

Years back I recall approx 24 " to prevent heaving.

Tha arms on the post-hole digger won't go far below 20" for sure. They won't swing to collect the excavated soil at bottom.

When or why was the frostline so taken to the extreme?

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Old 10-21-2008, 03:04 PM   #2
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I have no clue on ohio but in maryland where we get minimal snow its 30" everything I read on line for ohio says 36"

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I am in northern indiana and it has been 36" here for a long time.The frost rarely gets deeper than 20" or so....they just have to blanket the codes for the worst case scenario.
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typically 36 clears most vicinities... a check with your local inspector could tell you better... in regards to the dig invest in a pair of leather gloves and a heavy digging bar, it will break it up then pull it out with shovel/diggers.
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in regards to the dig invest in a pair of leather gloves and a heavy digging bar, it will break it up then pull it out with shovel/diggers.
Did earlier today. Large rocks deeper still are going to mean pouring a lot of rock for the new posts!
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I have to go down 54" 6" stone or cookie, then have a clear 48". Thats what they tell me to do!!!
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In auburn?? Sounds like a real pain !!!!!
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uh-huh... 54" is what they want for pole barn posts, most slab footings and any other hole you have to have inspected.
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ohio is 30" for footing for decks so it may be the same for what you are doing

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