Support Post Problems With an Old Deck
The deck on our home was built for the previous owner. After over 10 years a contractor pointed out to me that the cover slats were buried in the soil under the deck. So fearing termite problems I had part to them removed to be cut shorter and then just had the rest cut off in place with a sabre saw. Then we found the deck posts were also buried in the dirt. I want to dig them out and put in cement blocks precast with metal deck post supports built in. But I don't know how to prevent them from sinking in from compacted dirt under them. Is there an easy way to do this repair that I haven't thought of?