Installation Information

These instructions provide you with step by step instructions for your do-it-yourself pergola kit. Read the entire instructions before beginning so you can get a feel for what you’ll be doing. Click here to watch these helpful videos that will take you through the entire pergola building process from start to finish. If you take your time and follow these instructions, you can do it. We have faith in you!

If you have any questions we’re only an email or phone call away. Call: 1-877-563-0002 Ext. 1 or email us at: info@pergoladepot.com.

If you would like to get your pergola kit professionally installed click here to see if there is an installation contractor available in your area.

Downloadbale Versions (PDF)

PDF versions available upon request via email:

  • The Big Kahuna (Freestanding)
  • The Big Kahuna (Attached)
  • The Brim
  • The Fedora
  • The Sombrero (Freestanding)
  • The Sombrero (Attached)
  • The Visor


The Big Kahuna Assembly Instructions

We have been in the business of constructing pergolas for years, and have perfected this design to make it a strong and lasting pergola that will stand the test of time for years to come.

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 or on top of concrete footers, we advise that you use 6X6 Galvanized post bases on each post secured with 5/8” 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 our videos here, or on our Youtube channel.

Tools Needed

  • Helper
  • Hammer
  • Ladder
  • Screw gun (a square drive bit is supplied with kit)
  • Post Hole Digger (if posts will be going in ground)
  • ¾” Wrench
  • Level
  • Tape measure
  • 5/8” concrete drill bit and 15/16” wrench if using post bases on concrete

Kit Components

  • 2×8 Beams (4 for standard size kits)
  • 2×8 Notched Rafters (# depends upon kit size)
  • 6×6 Notched Posts (4 for standard size kits)
  • 2×6 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.

Installation Steps

  • Step 1- If not already done, remove the wrapping from the outside of the crate.
  • Step 2- Lay all parts next to where you will be installing the pergola.
  • Step 3- Place all four beams on the ground (with the x’s facing up) exactly where you would like the pergola to stand.

 

  • Step 4- Slide two rafters down onto the two outermost X marks on the beams and get a screw started through the top of the rafter in the predrilled holes. Screw them in just enough to hold the rafter in place. You may have to move the back beam around a little to get it into place.
  • Make sure you have the rafter on top of the same mark on both beams. The X marks look like this: lXl

 

  • Step 5- Step back and look to see how square everything looks. Take a tape measure and hook it on the outside tip of the rafters, and pull the tape to the opposite corner. Write down the measurement. Then hook it on the other corner and pull to the opposite corner.

 

  • Move the back beam from side to side until you have the same measurement both ways. When you have the same measurement, it is perfectly square. Hint: This is done easier if you and your helper both have a tape measure and pull them across at the same time.
  • Step 6- 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 7- Unscrew and 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 8- Dig 2 or 4 foot deep holes (depending on the depth desired) or install your post bases directly over top of 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 5/8” 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 9- Lay the four posts on the ground with the bottoms at the edge of each hole, with the tops facing away from each other.

 

  • Step 10- 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 11- Set the other beam on top sandwiching the post in between the two beams.
  • Step 12- 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.

 

  • Step 13- 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 plumb. (Note: 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 with post bases, you will need to prop 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 14- Repeat step 15 for the other beam and post assembly.
  • Step 15- Move your stepladder in between the two sides. Take one of the rafters and slide it onto the outermost X mark on the beams just like you did on the ground.  Now move to the opposite side and slide another rafter into position on the outermost X mark. Now your helper should be able to let go of the assembly.
  • Step 16- Install all of the remaining rafters on the remaining X marks and secure them to the beam with 3” deck screws through the predrilled holes. (If on concrete, now is the time to finish securing the posts to the bases.)
  • Step 17- Place the top slats into position in the layout lines across the top of the rafters on the lines labeled with an S and screw them down to the rafters. Start on one side and make your way across to the other side screwing every other rafter. Stagger your screw pattern as pictured below:
  • Make sure every top slat is screwed down on both end rafters as pictured. Also, make sure you have the same overhang on all of the top slats. 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. Make sure your screw gun is straight and that the square bit is inserted all the way into the screw. 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. If you are having trouble with the screws stripping, it is helpful to get a bar of soap and rub the threads of the screw across it before screwing them in. This lubricates the screw, and they will go in much easier.

 

  • Step 18- Check the entire unit for level and plumb and tighten down nuts.
  • Step 19- 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 – look at the picture below and it will make sense. To install the first four angles, slide the corner braces, with the long side towards the top, 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 (4) 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 four (4) screws through the top of the angle and into the rafter board. Repeat for the rest of the angle braces.

 

  • Step 20- Water in the concrete or dirt.  Be sure not to push the unit around while the concrete is curing (about 24 hours).

You’re Done!

Thanks again for your business. We really do appreciate our customers and their feedback on ways to improve our products. So after you’ve completed putting your kit together, sit down, have a cold drink, and drop us a line at info@pergoladepot.com to tell us what you think about our products. Any feedback on how we can make our kits easier to install will be very helpful. Pictures are always welcome! You can post pergola photos on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or email them to us. Don’t forget to check our Facebook page and blog for news on all of our freestanding and attached pergola kits, and outdoor living ideas.

Crafted with pride in the U.S.A!

Pergola Depot

Call: 1-877-563-0002 Ext. 2

Email: support@pergoladepot.com


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!

 

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!

Thanks again for your business. We really do appreciate our customers and their feedback on ways to improve our products. So after you’ve completed putting your kit together, sit down, have a cold drink, and drop us a line at info@pergoladepot.com to tell us what you think about our products. Any feedback on how we can make our kits easier to install will be very helpful. Pictures are always welcome! You can post pergola photos on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or email them to us. Don’t forget to check our Facebook page and blog for news on outdoor living ideas, patio covers, and all of our pine and cedar pergola kits.

Crafted with pride in the U.S.A!

Pergola Depot

Call: 1-877-563-0002 Ext. 2

Email: support@pergoladepot.com


The Fedora Assembly Instructions

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 here or on our Youtube channel.

Tools Needed

  • Helper
  • Hammer
  • Ladder
  • Screw gun (square drive bit supplied with kit)
  • Post Hole Digger
  • ¾” Wrench
  • Level
  • Tape measure
  • 1/2” concrete drill bit if using post bases on concrete

Kit Components

  • 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.

Installation Steps

  • 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.

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).

You’re Done!

Thanks again for your business. We really do appreciate our customers and their feedback on ways to improve our products. So after you’ve completed putting your kit together, sit down, have a cold drink, and drop us a line at info@pergoladepot.com to tell us what you think about our products. Any feedback on how we can make our kits easier to install will be very helpful. Pictures are always welcome! You can post pergola photos on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or email them to us. Don’t forget to check our Facebook page and blog for news on all wood pergola kits and outdoor living ideas.

Crafted with pride in the U.S.A!

Pergola Depot

Call: 1-877-563-0002 Ext. 2

Email: support@pergoladepot.com


The Sombrero Assembly Instructions

The Sombrero pergola kit is the perfect backdrop for any outdoor living space, and fits in just about any backyard or garden setting. This easy build pergola creates a beautiful space to relax with a drink after a long hard day’s work. The Sombrero works perfectly over top of a hot tub.

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 here or on our Youtube channel.

Tools Needed

  • Helper
  • Hammer
  • Ladder
  • Screw gun (with square drive bit supplied with kit)
  • Post Hole Digger (if posts will be going in ground)
  • ¾” Wrench
  • Level
  • Tape measure
  • 1/2” concrete drill bit if using post bases on concrete

Kit Components

  • 2×6 Beams (4 for standard size kits)
  • 2×6 Notched Rafters (# depends upon kit size)
  • 4×4 Notched Posts (4 for standard size kits)
  • 2×6 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.

Installation Steps

  • 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 all four beams on the ground (with the x’s facing up) exactly where you would like the pergola to stand like so:

 

  • Step 4- Slide two rafters down onto the two outermost X marks on the beams and get a screw started through the top of the rafter in the predrilled holes. Screw them in just enough to hold the rafter in place. You may have to move the back beam around a little to get it into place. Make sure you have the rafter on top of the same mark on both beams. The X marks look like this: lXl

 

  • Step 5- Step back and take a look to see how square everything looks. Take a tape measure and hook it on the outside tip of the rafters, and pull the tape to the opposite corner. Write down the measurement. Then hook it on the other corner and pull to the opposite corner like this:

 

  • Move the back beam from side to side until you have the same measurement both ways. When you have the same measurement, it is perfectly square. Hint: This is done easier if you and your helper both have a tape measure and pull them across at the same time.
  • Step 6- 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 7- Unscrew and 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 8- Dig 2 or 4 foot deep holes (depending on the depth desired) or install your post bases directly over top of 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 9- Lay the four posts on the ground with the bottoms at the edge of each hole, with the tops facing away from each other. Like this:

 

  • Step 10- 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 11- Set the other beam on top sandwiching the post in between the two beams.
  • Step 12- 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:

 

  • Step 13- 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 plumb. (For some of the Bigger 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 with post bases, you will need to prop 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 14- Repeat step 15 for the other beam and post assembly.
  • Step 15- Move your stepladder in between the two sides. Take one of the rafters and slide it onto the outermost X mark on the beams just like you did on the ground.  Now move to the opposite side and slide another rafter into position on the outermost X mark. Now your helper should be able to let go of the assembly.
  • Step 16- Install all of the remaining rafters on the remaining X marks and secure them to the beam with 3” deck screws through the predrilled holes. (If on concrete, now is the time to finish securing the posts to the bases.)
  • Step 17- Place the top slats into position in the layout lines across the top of the rafters on the lines labeled with an S and screw them down to the rafters. Start on one side and make your way across to the other side screwing every other rafter. Stagger your screw pattern as pictured below:

 

  • Make sure every top slat is screwed down on both end rafters as pictured. Also, make sure you have the same overhang on all of the top slats. 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 18- Check the entire unit for level and plumb and tighten down nuts.
  • Step 19- 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 – look at the picture below and it will all make sense. 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 4- 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. This is what the angles should look like when installed correctly:

 

  • Step 20- Water in the concrete or dirt. Be sure not to push the unit around while the concrete is curing (about 24 hours).

You’re Done!

Thanks again for your business. We really do appreciate our customers and their feedback on ways to improve our products. So after you’ve completed putting your kit together, sit down, have a cold drink, and drop us a line at info@pergoladepot.com to tell us what you think about our products. Any feedback on how we can make our kits easier to install will be very helpful. Pictures are always welcome! You can post pergola photos on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or email them to us. Don’t forget to check our Facebook page and blog for news on attached or freestanding pergola kits and outdoor living ideas.

Crafted with pride in the U.S.A!

Pergola Depot

Call: 1-877-563-0002 Ext. 2

Email: support@pergoladepot.com


The Visor Assembly Instructions

The Visor pergola kit is a perfect wood awning for that big empty wall above a slider, window, French door, or even a garage door.

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!

 

Tools Needed

  • Helper
  • Hammer
  • Ladder
  • Screw gun (with square drive bit supplied with kit)
  • ¾” Wrench
  • Level
  • Tape measure

Kit Contents

  • 2×8 Beams (2 for standard kit sizes)
  • 2×6 Notched Rafters (2 for standard kit sizes)
  • 2×2 Top Slats (# depends upon kit size)
  • 2×2 Angle Brackets (4 for standard kit sizes)
  • 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 Instructions

  • Step 1– Remove all the pieces from the packaging.
  • Step 2– Lay out all the parts next to where you will be installing the pergola.
  • Step 3– With yourself on one side, and your helper on the other, pick up one of the rafters that will be going parallel to the wall and hold it against the wall exactly where you would like the pergola to be.
  • Step 4– Place your level on top of it to make sure that it is level.
  • Step 5– Trace the notches in the bottom of the rafter to the wall. This will show you where to connect the beams that protrude from the wall.
  • Step 6– Attach the metal L bracket to the top of both of the beams that will protrude from the wall.
  • Step 7– Take one of the beams and screw it into the wall with the top lined up perfectly with the lines that you just scribed onto the wall. Note – The stainless screws provided with the kit will not work on concrete. You will need to purchase 1/4” screws designed specifically to go into concrete and a special drill bit to pre-drill the holes. These can be found at any home improvement center.
  • Step 8– Screw in the screws that go in the predrilled holes on the side of the beam into the wall.
  • Step 9– Repeat steps 7 and 8 for the other side.
  • Step 10– Install the 2×2 angle brackets from the bottom of the beams to the wall and secure.
  • Step 11– Install the2 rafters on the x marks on the beams and screw them down through the predrilled holes.
  • Step 12– Install the top slats on the marks on top of the rafters and screw them down with the screws provided.

You’re Done!

Thanks again for your business. We really do appreciate our customers and their feedback on ways to improve our products. So after you’ve completed putting your kit together, sit down, have a cold drink, and drop us a line at info@pergoladepot.com to tell us what you think about our products. Any feedback on how we can make our kits easier to install will be very helpful. Pictures are always welcome! You can post pergola photos on Facebook, Twitter, or email them to us. Don’t forget to check our Facebook page and blog for news on all of our freestanding pergola kits, attached pergola kits, and outdoor living ideas.

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Pergola Depot

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Email: support@pergoladepot.com


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