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I'm making a concrete porch, do I need to lay a "footer" first?, it will be 10"x10"x3" I'll be filling in the inside with dirt, and not sure of how deep the slab should be 3in.?

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If you live in an area where it freezes for long periods of time in the winter you should put in footers at a 3 to 4 feet and even if you don't live in freeze area you should put in footers at a 1 1/2 to two feet if want the porch, As for the 3" you may as well go with what ever a 2x4 comes to and you will not have to cut the boards dow to 3".

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