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Forum topic by bullseye posted 01-22-2008 04:16 PM 751 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-22-2008 04:16 PM

Hello mates,

I am a newbie here from the GardenTenders forum. I need help finishing my pergola, and just need to ask a question regarding the beams running across. Here is where have got to so far, 2nd link in the 1st post

http://gardentenders.com/topics/20

My question is in regards to the beams that will go across…..Do I have to jig a hole into them to sit on the side bars, or is it just a matter of nailing/screwing them down? Halfway thru the link above, you can see my inspirational pergola.

I don’t know if you understand what am asking here? You can see that I have 4 horizontal beams up already ( 2 on each side ). My next step in to get the 12 other horizontal beams up, and that is the question am asking, as to how to go about it.

Cheers

PS: if you have pictures to support your suggestion, please post them


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#1 posted 01-22-2008 04:35 PM

All you have to do is toe nail them down. There is also a bracket called hurricane ties that you can use if you live in a extremely windy area.

-- John in Belgrave (Website) http://www.extremebirdhouse.com , http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=112698715866

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#2 posted 01-22-2008 04:48 PM

Am guessing you are talking about this

http://www.rona.ca/contentMgr/img/assets/1054-2_STEP6.jpg

How do I go about this? Am a newbie to all this handy work, and as you can see from above, am not doing too bad :-) Explain in detail please

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#3 posted 01-22-2008 05:27 PM

Notching them out is ok too but you might be better to notch the entire piece out because chances are the little piece in the center will split off anyway. I think 1 1/2” – 2” notch is lots to cut out in depth.

-- John in Belgrave (Website) http://www.extremebirdhouse.com , http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=112698715866

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#4 posted 01-22-2008 05:52 PM

Why is that John, taking the middle bit out? I guess the jigsaw is the tool for this eh

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#5 posted 01-22-2008 06:19 PM

When you are notching something that small they usually split .
It,s much quicker to take the entire piece out plus you wont really see the center between the two pieces anyway.
The main reason for the notch is to keep the main frame from shifting or blowing out .
I would still put a few spacer blocks in between to keep the two pieces from bowing in if anything.

-- John in Belgrave (Website) http://www.extremebirdhouse.com , http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=112698715866

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