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Build your own pergola!
The first and most important part of this project is to set your footings properly. There are several different means to do this – if you are setting your pergola on a wood deck or concrete patio or other stable level foundation, you can simply screw the post brackets to the deck as done here by Popular Mechanics. It’s a good idea to review this link regardless, as there is lots of good information in there.
Now if you don’t have a foundation in place, you are going to have to make one for the pergola. This can be done to whatever degree you see fit, and depends on what type of soil is on your lot (hopefully gravel 🙂 )
Diagram is from Ramp Foundations.
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