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Old 05-29-2018, 10:06 AM   #1
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Default Help me Design a pergola!

Looking to put a pergola against the house.

I want it 16 ft wide, 10 ft long, 9 feet tall.
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6 x 6 post on concrete footers.

A couple of Questions.

For the 16ft span. What size 2x do I need?

notching the post to set the 2x is what I am thinking.
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Old 05-29-2018, 10:12 AM   #2
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2x8's is what we used. It came from a kit. Notched 6x6, then 2x8s on the notches, then used 2x8's with notches for the beams across that, then 2x2's on top of that.

Similar to this one, but with more small strips on top. Pergola

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Old 05-29-2018, 10:44 AM   #3
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For the 16ft span. What size 2x do I need?
A general rule of thumb is 1.5x the nominal size.
2x4 = 6'
2x6 = 9'
2x8 = 12'
2x10 = 15'
2x12 = 18'

Since you're not going to load that member, you could get away with a little less, but I like to overbuild ... I hate nothing more than sagging wood!
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Old 05-29-2018, 10:46 AM   #4
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And make sure you check with the HOA first if you have one.
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Old 05-29-2018, 10:52 AM   #5
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And make sure you check with the HOA first if you have one.
Never!
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Old 05-29-2018, 01:08 PM   #6
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A general rule of thumb is 1.5x the nominal size.
2x4 = 6'
2x6 = 9'
2x8 = 12'
2x10 = 15'
2x12 = 18'

Since you're not going to load that member, you could get away with a little less, but I like to overbuild ... I hate nothing more than sagging wood!
But my thumb is way bigger than your thumb. maybe even 1.5x your gnome-nal size.....
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Old 05-29-2018, 01:14 PM   #7
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But my thumb is way bigger than your thumb. maybe even 1.5x your gnome-nal size.....
So is your head!
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Old 05-29-2018, 11:42 PM   #8
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Mine was a little larger at 12x28 but plans show 6x8 cedar beams with a 12' max span. I can't get the plans to copy on here, but could email the plans if you think they might help. 6x6 posts, 2x6 rafters, 2x2 top with polygal cover for shade, freestanding from house.



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Old 06-06-2018, 08:00 AM   #9
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Mine was a little larger at 12x28 but plans show 6x8 cedar beams with a 12' max span. I can't get the plans to copy on here, but could email the plans if you think they might help. 6x6 posts, 2x6 rafters, 2x2 top with polygal cover for shade, freestanding from house.



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Thatís pretty close to what we want to do. I think ours might end up about 12x24 though. If you donít mind, can you post or send me a PM on who did the work and cost? Weíre still planning but this certainly helps show the wife what Iím imagining
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Old 06-06-2018, 03:37 PM   #10
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Old 06-06-2018, 09:20 PM   #11
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This is the one I built a few years ago. We sit under it every afternoon while the kids play in the backyard.

http://discussions.texasbowhunter.co...hlight=Pergola
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Old 06-08-2018, 09:04 AM   #12
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This is the one I built a few years ago. We sit under it every afternoon while the kids play in the backyard.

http://discussions.texasbowhunter.co...hlight=Pergola
Did you also sandwich the header beams that are running parallel to the hardie plank siding?
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Old 06-08-2018, 04:33 PM   #13
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you can buy a DIY kit from Lawn Master through your local Home Depot
pre cut and pre stained
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Old 06-08-2018, 04:39 PM   #14
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Not that it is wrong to do, but I never understood spending all the money to build a cover and leaving it full of holes.....lol
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Old 06-08-2018, 05:06 PM   #15
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Not that it is wrong to do, but I never understood spending all the money to build a cover and leaving it full of holes.....lol
helps a lot with shad. They look nice. etc.

Just doesnt stop rain.

Im actually going to sheet this one. but want the look of a pergola.
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Old 06-10-2018, 03:32 PM   #16
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Mine was a little larger at 12x28 but plans show 6x8 cedar beams with a 12' max span. I can't get the plans to copy on here, but could email the plans if you think they might help. 6x6 posts, 2x6 rafters, 2x2 top with polygal cover for shade, freestanding from house.



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Mountaineer, would you mind sending me a pm with a ballpark number on what something like this cost? I am wanting this exact thing in my backyard. Was this a kit or did you hire someone to do a turn key install? Thanks for the help!
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