John Spier

The time-honored method for putting small piers under buildings and decks is to stick Sonotubes into holes in the ground and fill them with concrete. But I've never been a big fan of those cardboard contraptions; they're flimsy, prone to collapse, and difficult to install plumb and level, and it's hard to get a clean finish on the concrete when you use them. And at the end of the day, you've got a bunch of square structures sitting on round bases. I've been building a lot of small buildings lately, and I decided a while ago that there had to be a way to make nicer-looking piers.

Ideally, I like my small buildings to sit on substantial-looking square or rectangular piers, perfectly aligned at the corners and edges of the buildings. I want the piers to be exactly the right size, in exactly the right place, and all at the same height, so I don't need to do any shimming or trimming. Of course, I also like to install these...

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