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Old 03-21-2010, 09:06 AM   #16
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I use 2x stock as my fascia boards instead of 3/4" board
So if I need to nail/screw/bolt anything I'm going into solid wood
I'd be inclined to pull the fascia board off & put a 2x in securely fastened in place
Then use that as the ledger board

You do have a very low slope so the rafter joists will need to be sized to hold worst case snow load
If you are going to have a solid roof:
I might be inclined to tie in new rafters back into the house over the wall
Then just continue with the roof shingles
But with the low slope shingles are probably not the way to go

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Old 03-21-2010, 03:15 PM   #17
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the damn thing is completely down....literally pulled the posts out of the concrete. PO must have made some holes and sat them in there without adding concrete. now i've gotta lot of clean up!



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Old 03-21-2010, 08:12 PM   #18
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ok...now what?

Not sure...what next. I don't think the patio works anymore. But i am not sure I want to tackle getting rid of it. If I did, maybe a smaller paver patio in its place and a bit more grass, which our little ones would love.

We've considered a gazebo with a canopy. Depot had one for $300, but the reviews are lousy. Even more expensive models don't seem to hold up well.

Bugs are major issue by mid June.

So, as I've mentioned previously, I'd like to add a covered roof, but I haven't built one before, and I probably could screen with less work.

At this point, I just wanna clean things up.
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Old 03-23-2010, 07:30 PM   #19
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glad the rotted pergola is down....need to install a gutter and fix the other one...not sure if we want to keep the patio, maybe build a deck.

kind of nice expanding our golf course view...bugs get real nasty back here so building a roof and screening this in would be great...but i'm not sure how long it would take me to get this done.

need some ideas

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Old 03-24-2010, 03:23 PM   #20
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any ideas?
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Old 03-24-2010, 03:41 PM   #21
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saw one of these in depot...this would be perfect for the space pictured below. we could actually use the space when the bugs get nasty. the reviews, however, aren't great. apparently the canopy doesn't hold up very well. does anyone have a gazebo like this that they would recommend.

http://www.amazon.com/Depot-Gazebo-R.../dp/B001LFYJ1O


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These structures are a short term deal. They are made of steel with a cheap paint job that will rust in 1-3 years. The covers will last 3-4 if you remove them over the Winter months.
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I think I'd be tempted to put a peak around the middle of the patio
Then a sloped roof to each side
Only issue is where it meets the house
You could run the slope back into the existing roof & shed water to each side on that roof
But that means redoing those roofs
Or put a flat wall facing the house roofs

You really don't have much of an option but to shed water to each side
If you were to put in a flat roof you would need 2x6 roof joists min & quite a few posts for support
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They look nice. My neighbor bought 2 of them over the course of 3 years. They don't hold up well to wind though, even if they're tied down properly. She said she'll never buy another one.
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I think they have one like that in KMart too. We have a less elaborate KMart model. This will be our 4th year with it. Not bad for 100-150 dollars. The first year I took it down completely. Many of the fasteners rusted right away and wound up replacing some of them. The second year, I just remove the canvas. Some water got trapped in one of the roof frame members, froze and burst through, weakening a section. I was able to reenforce that with hose clamps. Third year, I wrapped the entire frame with saran wrap. I think that kept the moisture out. This past year I did not get time to wrap the frame but it seems to have survived another winter anyway. I do take the canvas down every year when the weather turns crappy and put it back on about mid april. The canvas has sofar held out other that fading. It also seems to collect a lot of white powdery dust. Maybe salt from rain and drying cycles. Like I said, I can't complain for the price. I'd buy another once this one finally wears out.

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