Saturday, August 29, 2009

Building Your Own Gazebo - A Summer Project


There are many shapes and sizes of a gazebo, even though most of the people imagine the gazebos to be circles or pentagons. Circular or rectangular gazebos, have the same essential steps to make them. Aside from the circular gazebos, it will need quite more attention when it comes to the measuring and cutting.


You have to find the core of your circular gazebo. In order to make a drive, drive a stake at the center and then attach a string. You will use this string to swivel through the circle, after so, you must drive a stake for each foundation site, and of course the bigger your gazebo will be, will call for much more the foundation holes.


Even if your gazebo is a self-supporting construction, you may be required to have a building permit for it. Checking with your local registry for the imperative requirements is the best thing to do. For the foundation holes, dig the required dept. If a frost line is appropriate, you have to dig in deepness below it, it is typically more or less 4". After that, you ought to place the foundation cone inside of the hole in order to have it rests 3" or so underneath the surface. Pile up the foundation tube with the cement you have mixed. As soon as the cement dries up, position a post anchor inside of the cement. Repeat all steps.


Put together the joist hangers up to the posts and then make sure that they are level at each footstep. Inaugurate 2x10" floor joists and then after that check once more that everything is in level. For a much bigger gazebo, it is definite that there is a more convoluted framing system may be needed. For a smaller one though, you may only need a single in-between cross brace for the lateral solidity amid the main floor joints.

Decking and columns:

Install your floor decking, with a nail's width amid the boards for the drainage and a possibility of swelling. Also, install the columns to all the foundation pints. You have to toenail all of the columns to points and the decking. If you see that there are no attachment points at the peak of the column, then you have to install a piece of wood to improve on facing boards and the roof joists.

Roof frame:

You can use a pole to lift up the roof key block and then you can cut the joists to the length and then the nail to the column top and key block.

Roof and railings:

You can have diverse building codes for each locality, but as for the railings that are generally in stock sizes and lengths. You have the option of building your own railings, but of course, if you want to save some time you can use the pre-built railings. Most roofing materials are made up of plywood, a roofing paper that is like a membrane, and the asphalt shingles. The roof of a gazebo is a complicated item to cover up. Whatever you may do, please make certain that everything is nailed well.

Autor: T. O. Chuong

T.O. Chuong writes home & garden articles for Benjamin Franklin Plumbing in Arlington, Texas. Visit us if you need plumbers Forest Hill TX or plumbers Haltom City TX.

Added: August 29, 2009