Canoe wrote:There's a reason most building codes require footings on "undisturbed soil".
Once you've got a lag bolt in far enough it will thread itself in the rest of the way. Why drill a loose hole and then try to recover what you could have had for the same effort as drilling that hole...
Fully agree with this statement. Putting the lag bolts in with the right drill (Impact driver) is a piece of cake, and they're INCREDIBLY strong. When I say a piece of cake... im talking like... the easiest and most satisfying thing you can do... Also, the drill/insert/pour water method turns a 3 second job into a 2 minute job that is surely less effective. In fact, I'm not sure that the water pouring method is a good idea at all if we're shooting for strength.
If I didnt need rebar/steel spikes to hold my monkey hut ribs in place, I would sell them all at a loss and stock up on even more lag screws. They're smaller, lighter, don't rust as bad, and won't cut the shit out of you either when carrying or once installed. As it is, we've got easily 150 pounds of rebar that we have to haul around.