The Fedora pergola kit is a very simple pergola, yet sleek and stylish. This pergola is perfect when the object is to make an open outdoor space feel more like an outdoor room. You can put it over a spa, a fire pit, or even an outdoor kitchen.
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!
If you are installing this kit on a concrete patio, we advise that you use a 4×4 Galvanized post base on each post secured with ½” red head concrete anchors which can be purchased from us or your local hardware store. You will need some additional tools for this. There are instructions on how to install them included here, or watch a video on our website under the help menu.
- Screw gun (square drive bit supplied with kit)
- Post Hole Digger
- ¾” Wrench
- Tape measure
- 1/2” concrete drill bit if using post bases on concrete
- 2×6 Beams (4 for standard size kits)
- 2×6 Rafters (# depends upon kit size)
- 4×4 Notched Posts (4 for standard size kits)
- 2×4 Angle Braces (8 for standard size kits)
- 2×2 Top Slats (# depends upon kit size)
- Hardware Pack
- Optional: Post Base Mounting Hardware; Concrete Footing Form Tubes
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.
- Step 1– Remove the wrapping from the outside of the crate.
- Step 2– Lay out all parts next to where you will be installing the pergola.
- Step 3– Place one beam on the ground (with the x’s facing up) exactly where you would like the front of the pergola to stand.
- Step 4– Place the other beam behind the first beam approximately where the back of the pergola will stand.
- Step 5– Place two of the rafters across the beams on top of the outermost X marks (one rafter on either end of the beams). Make sure you have the rafters on top of the same mark on both beams. The X marks look like this lXl
- Step 6- Step back to see how square the beams and rafters look. Take a tape measure, hook it on the outside corner of one of the rafters, and pull the tape to the opposite corner. Write down the measurement. Then hook it on the other rafter and pull to the opposite corner like this:
Move the boards around until you have the same measurement both ways. When you have the same measurement, it is perfectly square. You and your helper must hold the rafters steady so that they do not move while taking your measurements. Once this is done, make sure not to move the boards around until you complete the next step.
- Step 7– Now you can see where you should dig your holes for each post. (Or mount your post bases if you’re on concrete.) Look at the top of the beam just inside the first rafter where it says post. If you are on concrete, make a mark on the ground directly in the center of the lines where it says post on all four corners. If you are on grass or dirt, stick the flags that are provided with the kit into the ground on all corners where it says post.
- Step 8– Remove the rafters from the beams and move everything out of the way. Now you should be left with four marks where your holes or post bases will go.
- Step 9– Dig 2 or 4 foot deep holes (depending on the depth desired) or install your post bases directly over all 4 of your markers. If installing post bases, place them on the concrete in the exact position where they will be installed. Find the center of the hole on the bottom of the base and drill into the concrete with a 1/2” concrete drill bit at least 4” deep. Place the washer and nut on the concrete anchor, place the flared end into the hole in the concrete, and hammer it down until it is against the post base. Tighten down with a 3⁄4” wrench until it is snug.
- Step 10– Lay the four posts on the ground with the bottoms at the edge of each hole, and the tops facing away from each other.
- Step 11– Lay one beam down on the ground near the top of the posts. Slide the posts up and onto the beam between the lines on the beam where it says post.
- Step 12-Set the other beam on top sandwiching the post in between the two beams.
- Step 13– Place 1 washer on each ½” bolt. Lift up the beam assembly enough to fit the bolts between the ground and the beam and insert the bolts into the holes from the bottom. Hint: You may want to use a block of wood to place on the ground under the bolt so you can push the beam down to get the bolt to come up through the hole.
- Place a washer and nut on each of the bolts and make them snug but do not tighten them down yet. Now you should have this, but note that there will be about 6” of post above the beams.
- Step 14– With one person on each side, tilt the assembly up and drop the posts into the postholes (or into the post bases if on concrete). Have your helper hold the assembly in place (for some of the larger size pergolas this step may require more help). Refill the holes around the posts with dirt or dry concrete. If you are using concrete, do not water it in yet. Check for level across the top of the beam and on the sides of the posts. If you are installing the pergola on top of a concrete patio or footer with post bases, you will need to have your helper continue to hold the assembly up so that it does not fall. Once you have the bottom of the posts in the post bases, put one screw on each side to hold them in place.
- Step 15– Repeat step 15 for the other beam and post assembly.
- Step 16– Move your stepladder in between the two sides. Take two of the outside rafters and screw them to the side of the post with 3” deck screws on top of the outermost X marks on the beams. Now move to the opposite side and place 2 more rafters into position on the outermost X marks and screw into place. Now your helper should be able to let go of the assembly.
- Step 17– Install the remaining rafters on the remaining X marks. Toe screw down into the beam. If on concrete, now is the time to finish securing the posts to the bases.
- Step 18– Place the top slats into position in the layout lines across the top of the rafters on the lines labeled with an S, make sure you have the same overhang on each side of the top slats and screw them down to the rafters. Every top slat should be screwed down on each rafter. Be careful screwing the screws in because stainless steel is a soft metal and they strip VERY EASILY! Push down hard while screwing them in. There are extra screws in every kit just in case you strip some, but if you need more you should be able to find them at any local hardware store.
- Step 19– Check the entire unit for level and plumb and tighten down nuts.
- Step 20– Install the Angle Braces. Four of the Angles will go up in between the beams and the other four will attach to the inside edge of the outside rafters. To install the first four angles, slide the corner braces, with the long side towards the top, up in between the two pieces of wood that make up the beam. Get it flush with the top of the beam and push the bottom side against the post. Make sure everything is nice and flush to the post and to the top of the beam. Screw in two 3” deck screws through the angle brace into the post through the predrilled holes, then screw the top through the face of the beam into the angle with four 3” deck screws. (There are no predrilled holes in the face of the beam) Repeat for three more angle braces. Then, with the next four angles, place the angle against the post with the long side up against the inside of the first rafter. Screw into the post through the predrilled holes at the bottom end that is against the post. Screw 4 screws through the top of the angle and into the rafter board. Repeat for the rest of the angle braces.
- Step 21– Water in the concrete or dirt. Be sure not to push the unit around while the concrete is curing (about 24 hours).
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