As concrete blocks are expensive on this island (d/t shipping weight) I had the brilliant(?) idea of using two large ceder posts salvaged from the woods by my house in place of some of the concrete blocks. After hours of sanding and oiling, they look good... but - will this mix of materials underneath the concrete base I am getting ready to pour cause cracking problems? Also - would it be advisable to put some mortar under these massive ceder posts - to lift them slightly off ground level, or should they be Ok the way they are - directly on the cement pad.
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