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How to Use Precast Concrete Piers

By Cameron Easey ; Updated September 21, 2017

Concrete piers are a precast footing that you can use for the construction of a deck. These piers are used to attach a bracket, to secure the support beams for the deck. To use a concrete pier, you will need to properly set it in place. This will require preparing the area before setting the concrete pier in position. However, you will need to determine where the concrete piers will need to be located.

Dig a hole in the ground with the shovel where you need to place the first concrete pier. The hole needs to be at least 12 inches wide and 8 inches deep.

Add 1 to 2 inches of gravel to the bottom of the hole. This allows for the drainage of water.

Insert a fiberboard tube into the hole.

Mix the concrete in the wheelbarrow. Fill the fiberboard hole with the concrete using the shovel.

Apply a concrete bonding agent to the bottom of the first concrete pier with the paint brush.

Set the concrete pier on the poured concrete. Press down to set the concrete pier 1 to 2 inches into the concrete. Verify the pier is level by placing the level on top of the concrete pier.

Allow 4 to 6 days for the concrete to cure.

Repeat this process to set additional concrete piers in place.


Things You Will Need

  • Shovel
  • Concrete
  • Gravel
  • Fiberboard tube
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Concrete bonding agent
  • Paint brush
  • Level


  • A fiberboard tube is not needed if your area is not prone to frost.
  • If your geographical location is free of frost, you can set a concrete pier directly on level ground.

About the Author


Cameron Easey has over 15 years customer service experience, with eight of those years in the insurance industry. He has earned various designations from organizations like the Insurance Institute of America and LOMA. Easey earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and history from Western Michigan University.