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How to determine what length and diameter GRK RSS screw to use?

I am planning out building an 8'x14' pergola. I am going to use pressure treated 6x6's for the posts and pressure treated 2x8's for the beams (14ft long). I've just learned about GRK RSS screws and ...
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How can I secure pergola posts on condo deck without damaging the deck?

We’re considering installing a pergola or gazebo on our patio deck of our condo (top floor condo in Northern California). Our condo restrictions do not allow us to drill into the decking or the side ...
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Can I hang a daybed from one side of my pergola?

I have a 12 x 14 pergola with 6x6 posts that are 4 ft into the ground with concrete underneath and surrounding each post. The frame is two 2x8s with 6x6 braces in between all around (so there are ...
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Reduce lateral movement for polycarbonate roof over existing deck?

So we are in the process of adding a polycarbonate roof (suntuf) over our existing deck. It's an A-frame roof with different pitches on each side (because I tried where I could to tie my posts into ...
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Pergola on concrete patio

I'm looking to add some shade and character to our backyard patio and was thinking of adding a pergola and have some questions about proper anchoring. I was thinking of using 4x4 or 6x6 lumber for the ...
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What's the safest way to attach support wires to posts for long runs of string lights?

A very crude drawing of my patio/pool is below. I want to light the place up with LED string lights, but I am wary of damaging the pergola posts. Specifically for the cables that would cross the pool. ...
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Remove Rafter Ties Pergola

I bought a house that appears to have a pergola converted into a sunroom. It's supported by exposed 6x6s with 2x12 beams on which a roof was added at some point (likely later). The whole thing was ...
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Anchoring aluminum pergola to 4" slab

I just purchased a 11'x23'x8' aluminum pergola from Wayfair that will arrive in a couple weeks. It weighs roughly 750lb. In some reviews, it says the concrete screws that come in the kit are kind of ...
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Best Method for Fastening 4x4 Posts to Deck for Pergola Construction?

I'm planning to build a pergola on my existing deck and am looking for advice on how to securely fasten 4x4 posts to the deck. The deck is approximately 2 feet off the ground and is supported by ...
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What size posts are needed for a triangular pavilion?

I'm building a triangular pavilion that will be 18x24x30ft with a 1 foot overhang. The roof will be corrugated metal and the wood will be western red cedar. The posts will be anchored to concrete ...
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Calculating lateral load requirement for canopy

I am adding a 16' x 15' canopy to a patio consisting of two 7.5x16 panels of draped cloth suspended from steel cables, like the product you see here: https://www.infinitycanopy.com/ I would like to ...
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Any way to salvage this Wayfair gazebo roof? [closed]

A few years ago I picked up a gazebo from Wayfair. Hail has not been kind to the roof. The roof is made from these thick sheets of mostly hollow plastic that's similar in cross-section to cardboard. ...
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How to improve oddly designed Pergola structure stability?

I recently removed a 1980's hottub set above my deck, this removal caused me to realize some of the exterior hottub seating turned out to be a bit more structural supporting then first thought. I am ...
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How to extend boards for pergola rafters?

I'm putting together a pergola. Details of the build: 11x17' roof footprint 8x14' to the outside of 6x6" posts Double beams on the 10' side (although not sistered together); Rafters crossing a ~...
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How can I replace a pergola ledger that's right under-roof?

I was thinking about replacing my older deck/pergola. I’m planning to do a similar build of the existing deck and feel somewhat confident with the framing and posts. However, I could use some guidance ...
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Building a pergola against a garage - can I attach a ledger board to garage door header?

I'd like to attach a pergola to my garage, and add a yard-facing door as well. Here is an annotated picture of my garage: I wrote "roll door" on the picture, but in case it matters, I am ...
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Pergola Ring - Posts In Ground Or Concrete Footers?

I was thinking of surrounding my firepit with a hexagonal pergola, each side probably about 14' long, arranged like the the below image but wondered about the base. Each of the 6x6 posts would be ...
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How can I keep 4x4 pergola beams from separating?

We’re building a pergola using 4” thick 7 ft fence posts. The uprights will be separated by the length of a post and fence posts will also run around the top as beams. This will mean that there’s a ...
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Pergola post wobble

I'm busy putting up a pergola. Today I've added 2 of the four posts and they feel quite wobbly.. Will this change once I started putting the structure together? Will knee bracing assist greatly with ...
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Footings Under Existing Concrete Slab Patio

I have an existing, unreinforced concrete slab patio in my back yard. It is 15'x22' in dimensions and the long edge runs parallel to the back of the house, separated from it by about 3'. I'm looking ...
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Pergola Beam Span Weight Capacity

I am building a Pergola with 6x6 posts and Beams attached to my house. The dimensions are 16x14. There will be three post spaced 16 feet from my house. The two end posts will be connected to the ...
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How do I get my deck to drain into the gutter instead of dripping?

I have a metal pergola with slated roof. When it rains moderately the water from the slats falls directly down instead of draining into the gutter. looking for some solution to fix this so all water ...
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Should I seal western red cedar post ends?

Building an 8x8x8 pergula using TojaGrid brackets, which encase the ends of posts. Never worked with cedar before. Located in NE Ohio, which gets a lot of rain and snow. Bought the 4x4 cedar new last ...
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Identify these aluminum parts?

Today I saw an aluminum structure that’s used as a carwash. It’s a very rudimentary drawing, but this is what it looks like: These are the two parts: one’s a base leg and the other connects the leg ...
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Size of lag bolts for pergola and advice on joining beams to posts

I am planning to build a pergola, and I have a 6x6 post, and on each side I plan to notch in the 6x6 by 1", then use two 2x10s crossbeams. I am trying to determine which screws I should purchase. ...
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Adding a pergola to existing deck, post anchors?

I have an aging cedar deck I'd like to add a small pergola to for use this summer, maybe next, before I replace the deck with something new (probably composite Trex). I think I have a simple design I ...
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Pergola Material for Desert Climate

I'm building a roughly 12'x12' pergola on a concrete slab in my backyard in Las Vegas. Planning on attaching to house via ledger board. 6x6 posts will be set on metal post bases attached to concrete ...
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Will I have any issues with 16 ft 2x6 Sagging in the middle for 13 x 16 Pergola

I wanted to know if I would possibly have any issues with the Pergola Sagging for the 2x6x16 Girders? I plan on purchasing Premium Redwood and Mount the girder with 10 Inch Carriage Bolts on 4x4 ...
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What beam size for a pavilion with roof on this pergola?

I am designing a pavilion roof that will replace the pergola that we currently have. I plan to strip down the pergola roof to just the posts, then rebuild from there. I will place beams to sit on top ...
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How should we complete this laminate installation?

Problem I purchased some pergo gold underlayment and pergo waterproof laminate flooring and installed it in the kitchen with my brother. This was our first time ever installing any type of flooring, ...
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How can I build a pavilion without knee braces?

I am interested in building a 16'x14' pavilion in my backyard and I am just starting the research and design process. I'm interested in a modern-looking pavilion. I'm also interested in not having ...
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Pergola pier anchor bolts too high for new post base standoff

I have a cedar pergola that a contractor built for me 10 years ago. Recently I found carpenter ant damage to the posts, and previously posed the question here as to whether the posts were still ...
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Need help evaluating damage to pergola post

I have a 10-year-old cedar pergola (see picture) and I just discovered some moisture and carpenter ant damage in the base of posts. The damage had been hidden beneath decorative base caps. I scraped ...
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Joining 2x4 to 4x4 base: angles or regular wood screws?

I'm building a wall-mounted pergola. It will look something like below. As you can see, the two horizontal 2x4s will be attached to the 4x4 bases. I was considering using these types of angles (one on ...
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Is it a problem that my post bases overhang the footing edge slightly?

I am building a pergola, which will be supported half by the garage with a 2x8 ledger board and half on 3 posts. I poured the 3 footings, without thinking too much and they only had 8" form tubes ...
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T Shaped Pergola with Only Two Posts

I'm trying get some advice on whether this design is even possible and if so if my post size and joists are correct (ie safe/structurally sound). I have seen many cantilevered pergolas so I think this ...
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Deck Framing Support for Pergola

I am installing a 12' x 12' pergola on top of my deck, it's a PVC kit but uses wood inside the PVC. It uses 4x4 posts. I am re-doing the decking so I can make framing modifications. I was going to ...
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Attaching porch roof or pergola to old brick home

I just took apart a very badly made porch attached to an old brick house (built circa 1890). I do not want to go into the details but the old porch was so badly built (cement blocks as footings, ...
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Attaching Pergola posts to lumber on ground

I'm a new homeowner with DIY enthusiasm to improve the outdoor living space. Recently completed build my fence now planning to do a pergola first and then add deck to it so we can enjoy some outdoor ...
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Aligning pergola rafters to the sun?

I live near Denver, Colorado (so northern hemisphere, some good snow storms in the winter, lots of baking UV in the summer) in a 1970s-built home and I'm putting a pergola over a patio in my back yard....
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3-Arm pergola corner bracket for 4x4s?

How can I reproduce the functionality of these 3-Arm pergola corner brackets for 4x4 wood posts? My concern is that it will need to securely hold the weight of the treated 4x4. They would be used for ...
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Pergola post placement

I have contracted someone to build a pergola. The posts are 6x6 and placed oddly due to the back yard dimensions. The issue I have is that the post were set on Sunday and the braces were removed on ...
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Are 2x6 rafters adequate to carry a day bed in a pergola? [closed]

I'm working on my first big project, a 10x16 pergola. The long side includes three 6x6 posts 8 ft away from each other. There is another row of 3 posts 10 ft away parallel to those posts. All posts ...
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Setting 6x6 posts in concrete

We are building a pergola-swing with two 6x6 posts as the main supports. The posts are to be set in a 12" diameter sonotube footing, 36" deep. I am unsure as to how much concrete to buy ...
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Best practice to build a pergola type structure

Having patio pavers laid, I want to build a pergola like structure for my home in the Northeast. Something like this: Questions about best practice: Should I use tubular forms outside the patio? ...
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Pergola wing span

I am building a pergola with dimensions of 20x17. I am planning on using 4 6 x 6 posts, 4 2x 10 x 24 feet running along 20, 14 2 x 6x 20 Feet running along 17 feet(rafters), 14 2 x 2 x 24 on top for ...
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Anchoring floating deck and pergola

I want to build a floating deck with a pergola but I don't want to set posts in concrete. My yard is mostly shale with about 5 inches of actual topsoil, if that. My question is, could I put treated ...
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Beam size to span 18 feet for deck roof

I'm looking for help on planning a roof over a deck I plan on adding to my house. The roof will be 18' wide and extend out 12' from the house. I want to have at least a 1' overhang on each side making ...
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5 Post Pergola Design - How big to make the beams and rafters?

I'm building a new deck and pergola in my backyard. The deck is pretty much done, and the pergola posts are in. I'm now I'm trying to decide how to finish up the pergola. Deck is roughly 12 feet wide ...
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How can I replace an existing pergola supporting mature wisteria?

We moved into a home with a 15-year old wooden pergola that is supporting mature summer wisteria vines. Most of the "beams" are 2x4s, all the beams are sagging, and the wooden lattice roof ...
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