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18'x16' Pergola Questions

So I’m looking at building a pergola on top of our raised deck off the back of our house. Total dimensions would be 18’x16′ (roughly), raised 8′ above our deck. Our deck is raised off the ground 4′-6′ ...
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Are fence posts sturdy enough to support an addition of a wooden cover?

Trying to figure out how bad of an idea is adding a ~3-4’x6-7’ pergola type ”roof” supported by pressure treated fence posts. How to understand if it will hold or not? It's in the US PNW, so no ...
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Pergola planning

I'm planning to build a relatively large wooden pergola of about 4 meters or 13 feet wide per 7.5 meters or 25 feet long. I'm not planning to add a roof or extra crazy load to it. On one end I'd ...
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Is a ledger board required if the side of my house is wood?

I'm looking to attach three posts the the side of my house and I'm wondering if a ledger board is needed? Looks like this:
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Need help designing an oversized pergola

Looking to build a pergola for my back patio. I’d love to cover the whole area (30’ wide x 24’ deep) without any posts in the center. I’ve attached a picture of the space, sorry it’s dark and a mess. ...
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I dug holes for my pergola too wide

I accidentally dug holes for my posts way too wide. They're like 22 inches wide and the width of the post is just 3 inches. I didn't know at the time that you only need the width of the hole to be ...
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Pergola : Can I use 4 - 6x6 post, with 2x10 beams sandwitching 6x6 post for 17ftx17ft

Planning to use 4 - 6x6 post, with 2x10 beams sandwitching 6x6 post for 17ftx17ft. Using 2x6 rafter with 2x2 slats. Has anyone created 17x17 pergola with 4 posts - any input and suggestion to ...
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Shade sail/fabric covering with sealed/flush edges?

I know the typical shade sail shape is bowed on the edges because of tension, etc. but is it possible to get a completely square shade sail? And also to have that shade sail be completely sealed/...
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Pergola on flat roof: Can it be done safely?

I want to put a pergola on my flat roof but am not sure if it's possible to construct one safely. My roof is a wide open flat surface built to be enjoyed as a rooftop deck with tufflex deck layer. I ...
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Roof Design for an Octagon Shaped Pergola

I am looking to put a roof over a octagon shaped patio. I have 4x6 posts at each corner. What size beams would I need to put a pergola styled roof above the patio to span the 12' distance in between ...
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Adding a pergola to an existing deck?

I have an existing deck on the back of my house, and I’d like to add a pergola. The deck is 17’ x 16’, and I’d like to build the pergola to roughly match the size and shape. The attached picture ...
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What to do with metal fascia wrap when attaching ledger board for a pergola?

I want to install a pergola over a space out my back door. My plan was to cap and remove the gutter from a section of the fascia and attach a ledger board (secured to the rafter tails). What I'm not ...
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Pergola attached to house and load capacity for 6x6 post

My question is how much load can my 2 each 6 x 6 pre-treated post handle. I have approximately 1,466 lbs of treated wood as my roof of the pergola and it will be attached to the house the other will ...
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How can I extend my deck posts to support a pergola?

I am looking to extend my 4x4 corner posts on a deck to build a Pergola over top of the deck. I also plan on sleeving those 4x4's with a composite sleeve for the full length from the 4x4. So the ...
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Pergola span 2x6x16

I've been thinking about putting a pergola in my back yard using 4x6 post mounted on top of a cement slab. I want it to be 8ftx16ft. I want to use 3 post in the rear of the pergola, and just 2 in the ...
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Can I leave one of the pergola legs unattached to the ground (just sitting on the patio)?

I am planning to install a pergola over the table and 6 chairs that sit at the corner of my rectangular concrete bricks patio. I am going to dig to install post supports for the three legs that will ...
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What are some ways to fill a small gap between a wooden column and a concrete wall

I have wood pergola columns connecting to my house through fixtures which are fitted into grooves in the wood. The wood was cut slightly too short (or due to small variations in the wall), there is a ...
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Can I use LVL 2x4 outdoors (pergola roof)

A few days ago, I got a letter from the HOA telling me that I have to replace the warped, twisted, sagging 2x4s forming the roof of my pergola. I have absolutely zero confidence that any PT 2x4 I buy ...
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How to NOT attach pergola close to house

I want to build a pergola over my back patio slab. I want it to be "immediately" when you walk out the back door. With that being said, for simplicity sake I'd rather not attach the pergola to the ...
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Can a 2x6 beam span 11ft?

I need to span a beam 11' between two 6x6 posts to support the rafters for a covered pergola. I was thinking of fastening 3 pieces of 2x6 together to create a stronger piece. Is it possible? Is there ...
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Angled Post Connector

I'm looking to build a pergola like this one. Would a connector such as the concealed Simpson StrongTie CPTZ work for the posts? The specs seem fine, what I'm worried is the footnote "Post bases do ...
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How do I install this knee brace to my pergola post?

I have built a 7' x 13' pergola over my deck and have a slight wobble, so I intend to install some knee braces. Each post has two pairs of perpendicular beams stretching to the adjacent posts. For ...
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Mount pergola post at an angle

I want to build a pergola similar to the one below and was wondering what to use to connect the posts to the ground (notice how they are at an angle to the vertical) Also, what is the connector/...
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Trying to understand deck plans for pergola post

The deck plans I want to use has a pergola on the deck. It appears to use the same 6x6 post for both the deck and the pergola as can be seen in the rendering included with the plans: I can't figure ...
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How do I add a 16'X16' Pergola to an existing floating deck?

I just completed building a floating deck. It is shaped like a trapezoid, due to the angle of my driveway. The deck is 22.25' on the longest side. The opposite, parallel side is 17.5' long. The ...
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Recommendations for staining a deck that lives in the sun all year long?

I live in Colorado and have a new deck. It is hot as hell here in the summer and my deck has direct sunlight all summer. I've been looking for a type of stain that will work well in desert like ...
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What kind of board can span 16 ft for a wall pergola

We are building a wall pergola that we want wisteria to grow on top of. The pergola will only come about 3.5-4 ft out from the wall (Edit: the columns themselves are less than 2ft from the wall). I ...
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Installing floating floor and keep getting gaps

My sister and I are installing pergo max premier which is a new verison of their floating floor, my sister has installed 2 laminate floors before and this type is a lot thicker with less give and more ...
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The diagram shows 80“ on the inside, with 4”x4“ posts, why does it show 90” on the outside?

I'm trying to understand the instructions for this pergola, but to me, there's a 2" discrepancy... The diagram shows 80" on the inside, with 4"x4" posts, so why does it show 90" on the outside? ...
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Small pergola — 4x4 posts okay? 8“ or 12” footings? etc

We are planning a small narrow "pergola". Actually it is a weird combination structure. My husband wants a pull-up bar, I want it to be a landscape feature that looks nice, and it will be alongside/...
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How wide does a 6x6 concrete post footing need to be using an elevated post base anchor?

I'm building a pergola over a paver patio. The pergola will dimension 11'x 11.5' on center of post with 6x6 posts (4 posts), tied together with sandwiched 2x12 beams. I've laid out footer locations ...
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Is there a way to have only two posts holding a 20ft wide main cross-beam of a pergola?

Thinking of building a pergola to hold my jasmine up, and to create a shaded area outside our newly built extension. The problem is the patio door opening is around 5m wide, so ideally I don't want ...
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what is max distance between posts using 2x12x20 foot beams for a pergola

What is the max distance to span between six by six posts using two by twelve by twenty foot beams for a pergola.
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How do I attach a flat/gable verandah to an existing house?

I would to build a verandah similar to http://hicraft.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/IMGP5287-01.jpg. It will be attached to the fascia at the back of my house. I'm building it using timber frame ...
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How can I attach a Pergola/lean-to to a pebble dash wall?

I am planning to install a Pergola/Lean-to to the back of my house, to use as a sheltered patio. I have been watching numerous videos and have picked up some fabulous information, however, I'm a ...
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How should I attach a pergola to my rooftop deck?

I know my sketch is pretty rough but I want to add a pergola like this to my rooftop deck. I obviously can't sink the posts into the ground. What is a recommended way of attaching the posts? I was ...
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Can I bolt over an existing ledger board?

I am rebuilding my pergola and all that remains of the previous structure is the 2x10 ledger board, which is bolted through the fascia into what I assume must be the brick wall behind.Taking the thing ...
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How do I keep my corner pergola from wobbling?

I am planning to build a corner pergola over my deck. Pergola is 8ft long from the corner on either side forming a triangle on the top. I have used four 4x4 posts (8 ft) attached to the deck headers ...
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Can I reasonably build a pergola on top of an 8'x12' deck?

I've been having trouble coming to a conclusion on whether I can reasonably build/mount a pergola to my existing 8'x12' deck. The main issue is I can't attach it to my house because of the roof ...
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Can I build a pergola on an existing deck, without digging more footers?

A couple of years ago I built a deck onto my house. It is 32' x 14' I used a cantilever design at 12' with 2x8" floor joists, with 2x6" decking boards. The Cantilever beam was set on 6x6" posts that ...
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We built a pergola, is it safe?

We found a pergola design that we loved and copied the design but now that it's (mostly) up we are questioning its stability and safety. The 2x6 beams are notched 3" to fit together, which I have ...
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How do I improve Pergola Stability?

The deck is nearly finished but I have a small structural problem with the pergola. A left or right force near the top of the pergola (such a a tall person leaning on the post) leads to a bit of ...