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Diy carport plans

February 13, 2013

If you want to protect your car from rain, snow or excessive sunlight, but you don’t have a large budget, we recommend you to take into account building a free standing carport. We have designed and built many carport and in this projects we will share some of the main things we have learned over the years.

Garage projects1. It is essential to plan the construction from the very beginning, starting with the wooden carport plans you choose, up to the location and materials needed for the project. If you have a narrow yard, you should consider attaching the carport to an existing building on your property. Otherwise, you could just choose a lean to shape and build it on one corner of your backyard. Nevertheless  if you want to have a quick access to your home, building the carport nears you house is something you should take into account.

2. Always check the local building codes before choosing the plans and buying the materials. These legal requirements vary according to your location, so you should pay a visit to the town hall, before starting the carport project. This will not only make getting the building permit a formality, buy it will also guide you when building the footings or when choosing the materials. Generally speaking, you should use weather-resistant lumber, if you want to build a durable carport.

3. Ask a friend to assist you when building the carport. Generally peaking, you need another person to assist you when installing the components into place. For example you could align the components and hold it into place, while your friend drive the galvanized screws. Use a spirit level to plumb the posts, when setting them into concrete. In addition, cut  all the components at the right size and angle, by using a good circular saw. Moreover, taking accurate measurement is a must have in these kind of woodworking projects, so you should use a good tape measure and a pencil.

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