Oh, shade, how I love thee
June 6, 2012 1:02 PM Subscribe
Building a pergola.. Ideas welcome, but a construction question - is there a reason why every plan I see says to set the posts, then put up the cross-beams? What is wrong with assembling two posts with cross beams already attached, then lifting that up and setting in your post-holes?
posted by rich to Home & Garden (6 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Lifting a 2x6x12 beam 10 feet in the air and trying to attach it to two posts seems silly to me. Is there something I'm missing? Is there some good reason for not building your two 'walls' and putting them up assembled?
Then proceeding as usual for the rest of the beams that would attach the two walls and make your 'roof'?
I understand you want to make sure your posts are plumb, but wouldn't it be more likely to be square if it's already assembled and bolted to support?
Finally - any really cool designs you have seen? I'm looking at a 10' x 10' area, using 4 6x6x12's as the posts. 2 2x6x12 cross beams on each post 'wall', then another 2 going the other way (so 8 beams in all). Then 2x4 slats. Sort of like this