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going to start building in the coming week with a dirt floor or end grain floor to simplify construction. However I would like the post to rest 1/4" above the buried to ground cement buckets to reduce rot. I was thinking about bending some flat the width the of the post into a U. Any ideas? The anchors at the store are pricey.

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Figure out how many brackets you need, and what size material you want to use to make them. 

A jig will make it easy to  bend a couple of 90's or another type jig to bend the U shape. Hydraulics or a mechanical press will speed up the process.  Another jig to measure the location for the holes will outrun any ruler. 

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What is in your scrap pile? The new fancy ones are essentially a hunk of I beam sliced in half to make a T, the top is screwed to the concreet a slot is cut in the post botom and then cross drilled and threw bolted. 

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Thank you Glenn. I was planning on using a jig. Thank you Charles that is a great idea. I do have a newly acquired I beam and a whole lot of 3/4” and 1/2”    all-thread. I may go that route.

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I made my own last year when I put an addition into the barn. I used the Simpson Strong-Tie LCB/CB style of anchor as a guide. If I remember right I used 1/8" plate at about 4' long each. I was using 6x6 post so the plate was either 4" or 5" wide, you would want to use 3" wide  for 4x4 post. I bent them into shape and them welded a piece of 1/4" in for the intermediate base.

I'm not really a fan of the concealed connectors that Charles mentioned, like the Simpson CPTZ style connectors. I feel the U style provide a lot more support.

Another thing to keep in mind, the manufactured connectors will be galvanized, the ones you make will not be. 

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One can always weld “legs” on like one does weld plates and sink them in the concrete instead of bolting. As you have the cement and sono tubes my other suggestion of using 4’ long creosote posts spliced to untreated is void

 

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Thanks for the input Y'all. I do prefer to not compromise the integrity of the post by slicing into it. I will have to ponder a bit. Great suggestions. This forum is great! 

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If you go up the post a-ways and thru bolt I would not see much compromise, But without a beam saw that slot would be a pain to cut clean.

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