The Brim Assembly Instructions

The Brim makes a perfect border pergola when installed between the edge of a deck and garden, or used as a trellis over a walkway.

Thank you for purchasing a do-it-yourself pergola kit from Average Joe’s Pergola Depot.  We appreciate your business, and we are here to help you in any way possible.  Read this entire Instruction sheet before beginning.  If you take your time and follow these instructions, you can do it!

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Tools Needed

  • Helper
  • Hammer
  • Ladder
  • Screw gun (with square drive bit supplied with kit)
  • Post Hole Digger
  • 3⁄4” Wrench
  • Level
  • Tape measure

Kit Contents

  • 2×8 Beams (2 or 4 depending upon kit size)
  • 2×4 Notched Rafters (6 or 8 depending upon kit size)
  • 4×4 Posts (2 or 3 depending upon kit size)
  • Hardware Pack

Reference the packing list that was provided with your shipment confirmation for a complete list of kit components, including the number of each type of lumber and hardware pack components.

Installation Steps

Step 1

Remove pieces from the crate and lay out where you would like to install the pergola.

Step 2

Lay one beam on the ground and lay the posts inside the marks that say “post” on top of the beam.

Step 3

Lay the other beam on top of the posts creating a sandwich with the two beams on the outside and the posts in the middle.

Step 4

Insert the four 1/2″ bolts with a washer on each through the predrilled holes that go through the beams and posts.

Step 5

Now flip the assembly over by lifting the end of the posts up and over while the beam stays on the ground.

Step 6

Put another washer and a nut on each of the bolts.

Step 7

Now you are ready to dig your holes. With the assembly laying on the ground, line up the bottom of the posts where you would like the pergola to stand.

Step 8

Dig at least 2’ deep holes directly at the bottom of the posts with a post-hole digger.

Step 9

Stand the assembly up and let the posts slide down into the holes.

Step 10

Have your partner hold each post plumb while you pour a bag of concrete in to each hole. Do not water in yet.

Step 11

Make sure the beam is level from post to post. If not, raise the lower side up to the level of the high side and let the dry concrete fill in under the post a bit.

Step 12

Once you have everything plumb and level, you can water in the concrete. You may want to chop the water in with a stick or a shovel to get rid of any air bubbles. Make sure while you do this the posts are held plumb.

Step 13

Allow the concrete to fully dry overnight and install the rafters by screwing through the predrilled holes in the beam.

You’re Done!

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