Walking around the back side of a house I looked to see some incredible support under the deck. It is quite unusual to see such support as this! I for one have never seen a steel beam under a deck.
It wasn't until I got to the other side of the deck that I was able to determine why it was there.
A thick electrical cable came from the house and was tacked under the deck, running into a circuit breaker box seen here.
The other side of the box there was an empty hole framed by a connector clamp. Apparently a cable used to come out of that box to service something on the deck.
Any guess as to what it was?
I thought it was probably a hot tub. The deck surface had been recently stained to hide any footprint of that former tub, but that is likely what was there.
Usually I see evidence of a former hot tub which had sagged its support nearly to the point of breaking the deck joists. This was not the case!
Those posts are bolted into a concrete patio slab under the deck. This structure isn't going anywhere easily!
My recommendation: If you are going to put a hot tub anywhere on your property, but especially a deck, be sure there is sufficient support. Hot tubs require a lot of support!
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