with American Steel
with American Steel
Assembling a Zen pergola is fun and easy, even for novices with little or no building experience. You and a helper (or two) can easily have it assembled in 2-3 hours (longer if your pergola includes roof rafters and/or a privacy wall). You won't need any speciality tools, either... just a drill, tape measure, level, ladder and chop saw (aka table saw or miter saw).
Zen pergola kits include everything you'll need to assemble your own backyard pergola except the following (which you'll need to purchase locally from a building supply or home improvement store):
1. Wood (lumber)
2. Anchoring hardware
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You'll need the following simple tools to assemble your Zen pergola:
Lay out two 6x6 posts (actual dimensions 5.5" x 5.5") along with two 3-arm brackets and one 4-arm bracket, as shown in this image. The vertical arm of all brackets, which have less holes than the other arms, should be facing down.
Slide the outside ends of the posts into the 3-arm brackets until the posts fill the entire arm (channel) but will not interfere with the vertical post (which will go all the way to the top of the bracket). Secure the posts to the brackets with the provided screws.
Slide the inside ends of the posts into the 4-arm brackets such that the posts fill the arms (channels) but will not interfere with the vertical arm (which will also go all the way to the top of the bracket). Secure the posts with the provided screws.
See the screw diagram below.
Lay out 3 posts next to the open bracket arms of the 2-post structure you completed in step 1B above, as shown in this image.
Slide the posts into the 3-arm and 4-arm brackets until the post fills the entire arm (but not so far that it will interfere with the vertical post (which will go all the way to the top of the bracket). Secure the posts to the brackets with the provided screws.
You have now completed the roof assembly.
The 3-arm post bracket should be oriented such that the arm (channel) with only 2 screw holes per side is at the bottom (for the vertical post going to the ground).
Each 3-arm post bracket in your kit includes 12 stainless steel screws. See the screw diagram to the right to see which 12 holes the screws should go in. (Additional holes are for attaching accessories.)
With the assistance of 2 or 3 helpers, lift the side of the roof assembly that has the two 3-arm brackets and the 4-arm bracket. Slide a 6x6 post into all three of these brackets until they hit the tops of the brackets. Secure the posts to the brackets using the provided screws (see screw diagram above).
With the assistance of 2 or 3 helpers (and using ladders as necessary), lift the three roof beams and set the pergola frame against the wall to which you'll be attaching the beams. Use a level to ensure that the roof is level and the posts are perfectly vertical.
Now use a pen or pencil to lightly trace:
i) the inside edges of the vertical posts (on the ground); and
ii) the left, bottom and right edges of the horizontal beams where they touch the wall to which you will be attaching the pergola.
Move the roof assembly a few feet out of the way. Set a 6x6 base bracket in each of the 3 spots you marked. Attach the base brackets to the ground using appropriate anchoring hardware (not included).
The type of anchoring hardware you'll want to use depends on what type of secure base (foundation) you're attaching the base brackets to (i.e. concrete footing, cement pad, deck footings, etc.). Ask a professional at a building supply or home improvement store what type of anchoring hardware they recommend.
On the wall to which you'll be attaching the pergola beams, line up the three 6x6 wall mount brackets with the marks you made in Step 3A (making sure to account for the thickness of the brackets). Attach the three wall mount brackets to the wall using appropriate anchoring hardware (not included).
The type of anchoring hardware you'll want to use depends on what type of secure base you're attaching the wall mount brackets to. Ask a professional at a building supply or home improvement store what type of anchoring hardware they recommend.
Put a person on each corner of the pergola frame, as well as a person in the middle. Simultaneously slide the 3 vertical posts into the base brackets as you also slide the 3 horizontal roof beams into the wall mount brackets, all from above.
Then secure the 6x6" posts to the base brackets and wall mount brackets using the provided screws. The pergola frame is now complete.