How to Build your own Pergola

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Pergolas help to provide some much-needed shade during the warm summer months. With this DIY idea and tutorial, you can learn how to make your own pergola with these step by step easy instructions. A pergola not only offers shade in your backyard but it serves as a place for people to hang out in your backyard. Pergolas can be expensive when you buy them at the store, but with these easy step by step instructions, you can make one of your own.

Some of the building materials and tools you will need for this DIY idea, and fun project to do at home include gravel, lag bolts, 4inch by 4-inch pressure-treated posts, 2 inch by 4-inch pressure-treated boards, 2 inches by 6-inch pressure-treated boards, and 2 inches by 10-inch pressure-treated boards. Some of the tools you will need include a shovel, wheelbarrow, socket set, screwdriver, drill, hammer, spade, post hole digger, ladder and jigsaw. To start, you will need to select a site for the pergola project to do and mark the placement of the four posts. Then using a post-hole digger or a two-person auger you want to dig holes to a depth of 24 inches and a width of 9 inches. You will then need to add a few inches of gravel to the bottom of the holes for drainage. Then insert the 4 inch by 4-inch pressure treated posts to the holes. Make sure the posts are level and plumb. For the full step by step instructions for this DIY idea, you will want to take a look at the HGTV site.

A pergola is a garden feature that forms a shaded walkway, sitting are, or passageway, of vertical pillars or posts that usually support cross-beams and a sturdy open lattice. You will often find woody vines trained onto the lattice. The origin of the word pergola is the Late Latin pergula, and refers to a projecting eave. As a type of gazebo, the pergola may also be an extension of a building or also serve as protection for an open terrace or as a link between pavilions. Pergolas are different from green tunnels. The modern styles of pergolas include wooden design, firberglass pergolas, vinyl, aluminium and chlorinated polyvinyl chloride rather than stone or brick pillars, and are more affordable and increasing in popularity. Wooden pergolas can either be made from a weather-resistant wood, such as western red cedar or, formerly, of coast redwood (and are then painted or stained, using wood that is treated with preservatives for outdoor use. For a low maintenance alternative to wood, other building materials such as aluminium, vinyl, fiberglass, and CPVC can be used. These building materials do not require yearly paint or stain like a wooden pergola design.

There are all sorts of benefits to using Western Red Cedar for all your DIY ideas, and projects to do that require wood. Western Red Cedar has unsurpassed natural beauty and has been used for centuries. Western Red Cedar is naturally resistant to decay and insects and accepts a wide range of finishes. Western Red Cedar is a naturally stunning building material with deep, tonal properties that help to accentuate the richly textured wood grains and exposed heartwood. Used for hundred of years, Western Red Cedar has been used by the Pacific Northwest Coast First Nations and celebrated as the Tree of Life using the wood to build longhouses, canoes and totem poles. You will find this fun projects to do at home on the HGTV site. On the site, you will find other DIY ideas, projects to do, home design, garden, recipes, fun projects to do at home and more. **

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