Tubes - Footing Form Tube Base is rated
Rated 5 out of
“Simple and Efficient” as promised
Despite being told that the product couldn’t be delivered in less than a week...my order arrived in 3 days! Our project was challenged by boulders in our excavation holes making our bottom surface uneven. Due to the flexibility of the taped collar we were able to make the slight adjustments in levelling our columns without having to resort to extensive excavation in removing the boulders to create a flat surface. The flexibility of the taped collar is definitely an asset and something to consider in a footing form system. From my experience, any of the other footing systems would not have been as versatile as this footer. We give Redibase two thumbs up!!!
Date published: 2018-06-04
Rated 4 out of
I'm going to be pouring some 12" piers using cement tubes. By code in our area, I have to go 30" deep and the footing has to be twice the diameter of the tubing, so I needed to use a footing of at least 24".
One advantage of the Redibase is that you only need to dig a circular hole slightly larger than 24". The Redibase footing is only 24" wide by 8" deep, so it only takes about 260 pounds of cement to fill. Attaching the tubing to the base is relatively easy and straightforward and requires no tools, only duct tape.
While those factors are an advantage over other types of concrete footing forms, it should be noted that the Redibase footing won't be as much of a "Rock of Gibraltar" as some of those other types.
For instance, some forms have a square configuration. One in particular, whom I won't name, has a 'square foot" of 32" and is 20" deep. The form itself takes approximately 500+ pounds of cement. That form requires you to dig a 3' square hole. That's one heck of a lot of dirt to move, even if you're using a powered post hole digger like I am.
Is that form more "robust" than the Redibase ? Yes, but it also is quite a bit more expensive.
BTW, the concrete foot form for that brand that fits a 12" tube also 14" and a 16" tube. Under the rule that the foot has to be twice the size of the tube, you wind up with a 32' square footing.
I have a 15' x 20' deck that is presently being supported by three 6"x6" posts ( deck front is attached to the house). Those posts were buried in concrete back in the day. The concrete piers must have cracks in them, because the posts wick water after it rains.
I'll be replacing those three posts with five 6"x6" posts on top of the concrete pier which will be 8" above grade (code says a minimum of 6"). The post-to-pier connections are going to be made with OWT Laredo Ornamental Wood Ties (Store SKU #1001595911. These things are bodaciously stout and put other post-to-piers to shame. Straight up; if you hold one of those in your hands, and one of the other types in your hand, you'll see the huge difference. If you can afford those, do it. Your house may blow down in a hurricane, but the deck will still be standing.
Date published: 2017-07-16
Rated 5 out of
Poured concrete supports for my house
This is not really the intended use of the base, but we were able to use them as a way to get a nice wide base for the concrete supports for my house within a 4 ft crawl space. When not surrounded by ground to support them, you have to secure them to the floor so the forces of the wet concrete won’t push your whole column up and out of alignment, but after we did that, they worked pretty well.
Date published: 2019-07-13
Rated 4 out of
a little brittle
some of the fingers broke off, this was my first time using these so there was a little learning curve. I would use them again. [This review was collected as part of a promotion.]
Date published: 2019-06-26