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Old 05-01-2010, 09:00 PM   #1
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I want to put up a stickbuilt carport. My house is 38 feet wide, and the parking area is 30 feet deep. So, I want to build a 38 x 30 carport, with about 8 feet clearance, so my truck fits underneath. I could get buy with less width if I had to but I really dont want to go less than 30 x 30. Lowe's said they do not package a kit anymore, and Home depot said they do not sell them. Does anyone know where I can get a kit or plans, if I had plans I could order the trusses, and remaining supplies from lowes. I live south of Chesapeake VA, in NC. I really want to get this thing up and finished ASAP.

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Old 05-01-2010, 09:30 PM   #2
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I'm in the same market, but seeking a single car kit/plans. Have struggled to find much. I've seen some neighbors with good options - and am waiting to see them outside to see what they did.

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I called the county and talked to an inspector to help with code requirements, he was very helpfull. After learning the specifications required for the structure to meet code, I called a truss company. I'm ordering trusses engineered for my specific application, including home delivery. I had a concrete guy stop by yesterday to see what I need to have done. The area where this carport is going has a layer of very course and rocky concrete installed already. He is going to remove it so I can install the 8"x8" posts. After I have the posts in he'll come back and do the concrete parking pad, working around the posts. When the concrete is done, I have to figure out how to get the 30' trusses up on the headers. The trusses will weigh around #150 lbs each. I should be able to man handle the trusses with four men. I guess I'll also look into some sort of lifting equipment for that day, like maybe a forklift or backhoe...

Anyway, no one makes a corport kit...

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Old 06-12-2010, 06:33 AM   #4
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I had the rough concrete dug up and piled adjacent to the worksite by my concrete contractor...

I hauled four loads of the waste concrete to a local demolition company for (free) disposal, I am guessing it was about ten tons, over half of the total pile...

I rented a skid steer post hole digger to bore eight 2' x 4' holes into the ground last Saturday...

Yesterday after work, I set three of the eight posts in concrete...

As soon as all eight post are set, I'll get my concrete man back on site to pour the slab, its gonna be about 22' x 46' of concrete (30' x 24' carport)...

The truss's have been delivered, they are decorating my yard...

I'm moving forward slowly...
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Old 06-14-2010, 10:12 PM   #5
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a real lumber yard may give you plans for a project like that and order you that materials you need. That would be a kit of sorts.

there are plenty of steel building manufactures that do kits.

but either way, it sounds like you are way beyond looking for a kit, and really, any big complicated job is just a series of smaller simpler steps, like you are doing.
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I had the concrete poured Thursday, the 24' x 46' slab came out real nice...

Now I'm cleaning up where the yard and driveway butt up to the new concrete, removing the formers and raking the mess...

Maybe I'll put the trusses up next weekend, we'll see how it goes...

Anyway I'm making slow but steady progress...
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I had some friends from work help put up the truss's yesterday, it took about 4-5 hours to hang and brace them, OSB is going up next weekend...

Slowly, I am making progress...
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Ax, Who designed your lateral bracing for the posts/headers?
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There is no lateral bracing, the posts are set in concrete, the holes I dug were 2' diameter 4' deep, the headers are 2 x 10 with two .625" bolts per post...

Check out this picture...
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I'm a little oncerned about that. I'd hate to see it fold over in wind/snow. Was there no engineer looking at all the parts together?
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It meets or exceeds the county code, for a free standing structure. The county inspector is the authority in this case. I'd hate to see it fall or collapse myself...
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You may to read the truss installation instructions to find if you need solid blocking between the trusses, over the bearing.

The built-up beam boards should be nailed together to get double strength, and notched into the posts, as required for decks, page #8: http://www.lancova.com/deckinfo.pdf
The two bolts in the same grain line may be a problem later, with a snow load, page # 13. Notice the post diagonal braces (at the top) to keep the structure from racking, page #14. Keep an eye on the posts entombed in concrete, unless waterproofed and installed a capillary break at the slab. Check the truss specs for lower chord diagonal bracing (unless sheathing the soffit) as well as gable end bracing. I'd be interested in what the Inspector had to say……



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I finished this carport a couple months ago, I just never posted a pic, so here it is...
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looks great.
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Looks good. I'm sure your a happy trucker now. lol

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