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mmoses 05-29-2018 11:06 AM

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.
Free standing.
Cedar.
Simple design.
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.

RedRaider323 05-29-2018 11:12 AM

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

Texastaxi 05-29-2018 11:44 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mmoses (Post 13399775)
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! :eek: :D

PNOAK 05-29-2018 11:46 AM

And make sure you check with the HOA first if you have one.

mmoses 05-29-2018 11:52 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by PNOAK (Post 13399858)
And make sure you check with the HOA first if you have one.

Never!

Bowhica 05-29-2018 02:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Texastaxi (Post 13399855)
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! :eek: :D

But my thumb is way bigger than your thumb. maybe even 1.5x your gnome-nal size.....

Texastaxi 05-29-2018 02:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bowhica (Post 13400142)
But my thumb is way bigger than your thumb. maybe even 1.5x your gnome-nal size.....

So is your head! :p

Mountaineer 05-30-2018 12:42 AM

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.
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...5969c0a5e0.jpg


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bowhunter2989 06-06-2018 09:00 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mountaineer (Post 13401359)
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.
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...5969c0a5e0.jpg


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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

Mountaineer 06-06-2018 04:37 PM

Pm sent


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kp143631 06-06-2018 10:20 PM

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

RyanC26 06-08-2018 10:04 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kp143631 (Post 13416363)
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?

sticks 06-08-2018 05:33 PM

you can buy a DIY kit from Lawn Master through your local Home Depot
pre cut and pre stained

Rick 06-08-2018 05:39 PM

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

mmoses 06-08-2018 06:06 PM

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Originally Posted by Rick (Post 13419698)
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.

.17fireball 06-10-2018 04:32 PM

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Originally Posted by Mountaineer (Post 13401359)
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.
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...5969c0a5e0.jpg


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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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