How to Build Your Own Backyard Pergola

September 8, 2011 at 2:53 pm

Step 1: Materials and Tools – In order to complete the project you will need the following materials: pressure-treated or cedar 4x4s, 2x4s, 2x6s and 2x10s of number 2 pine. You will also need pea gravel, concrete, galvanized 16-penny nails, galvanized deck screws and lag bolts. You will also need the following tools: a circular saw, a power drill, a jigsaw or reciprocating saw, a 10 foot stepladder, a framing level, a plumb line, a post hole digger, a ratchet and sockets to fit the lag bolts, a Flathead screwdriver, a shovel and a wheelbarrow or garden tractor with a cart. For a project this size, it is crucial that you have a framing hammer. This is the type that has a cross-hatched head and straight nail pullers rather than the curved ones you see on ordinary hammers. You want a hammer that feels heavy to you. The trick to using a [...]