Jul 31, 2013

Pergola Braces

To finish the main structure, we also had to cut and install the post braces. These help prevent any wobbling and will provide strength during strong summer storms or winter snowfall.

We bought a 2x6x12 at Home Depot and had them cut it down into 4 pieces, 3 feet long. Using a miter saw, Mike cut down the ends at a 45 degree angle and we stained them. He attached them to the posts with pocket holes and screws and to the “outer box” pieces with a combination of nails and screws.

Once the braces were up, everything felt very sturdy. Braces really do make a difference. Back in the early planning stages, we wondered if they were really necessary, especially if we were attaching the whole thing to the house. But I can tell you for a fact that braces are very important and make a big difference!

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