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Should I replace a carport post as it was originally built or with an upgraded column?

The post looks reasonably adequate as it was originally built even by modern standards. If it wasn't you'd have seen disaster long ago, when it first started to decay. To maintain the style detail I'...
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How can I secure a canvas carport to a concrete pad?

To secure the base of the steel support you can use a concrete screw. TapCon is a ubiquitous brand TapCon screw that has worked well for me. You will need to drill into the concrete with the correct ...
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Mount pergola post at an angle

At the ground, you're mostly concerned with keeping the posts located. You don't want bumps to slide them around. A simple steel pin or bolt in the concrete is adequate. If you like, use a short stack ...
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How do I stop rainwater from coming into carport?

3 options: Raise the carport above the level of the driveway Supplies needed: Tools to break up the carport floor Fill material to raise the carport New material (dirt? gravel? concrete?) to fashion ...
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Carport condensation issue

1: You state you made a sun room out of your carport ? Just making certain we are on the same page. Here is your problem : Before you enclosed the carport it was exposed to the outside temperatures ...
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Can I "just" concrete over the existing gravel in this carport?

Two things about an exterior concrete slab. Proper drainage. Pitch the slab slightly so the water drains away. 1/2" to 1" for 10' of run should be enough since it is covered. Proper compaction. Make ...
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Best way to support carport posts

Concrete does not react well with normal wood, so don't pour up along the post. That's why the little block is on top of the pier you have, its made either of pressure treated wood, or redwood. If ...
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Preventing water from entering carport

Most people in your situation trench the driveway, drain it off somewhere, and put a grate on it. The speed bump could work if it was big enough, but chances are (1) some water would come over it, ...
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Best way to support carport posts

If you live in an earthquake zone, it may already have a feature to prevent that, such as a central steel pin. In any case, slap-dash "reinforcing" can have effects opposite what you expect (could be ...
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How can I secure a canvas carport to a concrete pad?

I highly doubt that a canvas carport is going to withstand 30mph wind. Does the manufacturer claim that it does,or are you just hoping? If the manufacturer has provided base plates with screw holes, ...
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How can I conceal the underside of roof sheathing with protruding roofing nails?

I had the same situation one time and the carpenters just put a sheathing over it to hide everything. The sheathing was no thicker that wood paneling and finished very nicely after painting.
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Mount pergola post at an angle

The top could be a traditional mortise and tenon joint (possibly haunched for resistance to twist). You'd want the tenon to be pushed to the interior in any case, as the end grain on the joist is weak....
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Carport structural question

Structural roof loads are transferred directly downward. Adding vertical supports to one side of a structure (even if it slopes downward to one side) to help support the other side does not work. In ...
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Carport structural question

If your question is: "Can a lean-to shed be designed so that it can be supported with 3 posts on one side and only two on the other?" Then the answer is yes, it can be done. Is it too &...
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What type of saddle to use for house built on piers?

I don’t think the Simpson RCPS post supports are strong enough for your application. If the pier supports are 12’ and 8’ on center, then each pier could carry 12’ x 8’ x 40 psf (live load only) = 3840 ...
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How to connect a horizontal metal carport roof to a shingle roof?

The trouble is the metal roof's profile. It would be easier if it were smooth (flat). My instinct tell's me that it would be best to tuck a strip of 30 weight felt or rolled roofing under each roof ...
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What do you call the pieces that are put underneath carport post that are on a slab and where do you get them?

Summary of key words: post base; Simpson; stand-off; embedded They didn't know what it was, even after showing them the picture because Home Depot people are almost never experts and often not even ...
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How can I conceal the underside of roof sheathing with protruding roofing nails?

The same thing happened to me once. At first I was unhappy because the nails poked though, but then as vin944 stated, its proper for them to protrude through. I talked to the roofers and they gave me ...
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Angled Post Connector

Hi this is Jason of Builderbeast. I built this pergola, and was also not thrilled about the size of that Simpson connector. I had a larger 1/2" stainless mount fabricated. It extended about 12" up ...
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Mount pergola post at an angle

This is Jason Roberson of Builderbeast. I built this pergola out of Western Red Cedar a few years back. At the top I mortised the post into the beam and pinned it from the side with a ledger lock, ...
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Mount pergola post at an angle

That pergola was built a few years ago by Jason Roberson of Charlottesville, VA. I'd write to him and ask how it is holding up and what he might do differently. https://builderbeast.com/new-...
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Can I build a car-port on the side of my garage?

This is highly dubious since you mention snow. The current garage sidewall is not high enough to support the high side of a shed roof over your proposed additional space, and the additional roof (if ...
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Carport post help

Yes, you can do this. But it will be out of code (probably). Build footors on the ground by building forms out of wood, like 2 x 2 (feet) or 3x3 (feet again). Fill that with concrete (and some ...
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Carport post help

Either you dig to set metal post anchors or you dig to set the post's. Also, since your in a climate that has freezing weather, if you want to build by Code, you'll need to dig your holes 48" to avoid ...
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