how to build a pergola setting the posts we will use a 6 x 6 post and we want the height to be 10 feet. so for a post anchored to the concrete you will need a 10 foot 6 x 6 and if you are sinking them in the ground you will need a 12 foot 6 x 6.
we have chosen these methods of securing as the fixing posts are easy to install and keep the bottom of the posts out of the ground, reducing the risk of rotting. the method that you choose depends on your local conditions and where your pergola is to be sited. if you have good, solid earth - choose the first option.
after the stain has actually dried totally, you can set up or install your pergola posts. choose one post and set it into your bracket, which has actually been placed and set up in concrete. position the post on the bracket so that it lines up with other posts or deck lines, as suitable for your structure task. at this moment, you have to constantly have someone supporting the post; it is not safe to leave it freestanding without being protected into the bracket.
this is still relatively easy to put up but makes the canopy a little sturdier. in this case, staple the canopy fabric to the top of each of the beams to hold it in place. this option may not work as well in areas with a lot of wind, since it may tear the fabric off the top of the pergola.
pergola post set in concrete pillars in a pebble and stone yard. make it a 4-to-6-inch deep layer on a hole, then stand the post in it and once it is up add another 12-inches layer of wet concrete. align the posts and make sure it is perfectly vertical by using a level. once youve ensured the post is plumb, fill the rest of the
then mark the outline of the post tops on the rafter. as the timbers may not be identical, it's a good idea to number each upright and the rafter in pencil so you can match them up again. repeat this process with the other side of the pergola. step 3 cut out the housing with a saw, wood chisel and mallet.
once you have put all the posts in, youre ready to put up the external beam. secure it to the framework with extra screws to hold the rafters in place. add a length of wood, called a cleat, underneath your outside beams to hold the rafters in place.