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Im trying to build a small free standing landing and stairs

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I'm trying to build a small free standing landing and stairs outside of my back door. The deck size is 3' x 5' with a 36" height. The local deck code calls for a 6"x6" support post on a 16" footer. This seems excessive for such a small deck. Can I use an 8" diameter footing with 4"x4" support post?
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It sounds like the local codes are wanting 6x6 with a 16" footer for large decks and it would be overkill for a stair and landing. You can definitely use 4x4 posts and an 8" footer for the size stair and landing that you are building.
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