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Old 08-11-2018, 09:26   #1
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Rampant's Freestanding Car Port Build

I finally decided that putting a car-port directly in front of a garage door - where another car lives - would be a bad idea, simply because - if I wanted to use the car that was in the garage, that would mean a lot of faffing to move a car to get another car out the garage and then put the first car back, or back in the garage, etc.

So the car port is going on the other end of the drive, tucked as far into the opposite corner as possible...

... and then after I decided on the design and dimensions, this little lot turned up:




That's the corner that the project will be built, so I now need to find a new place to put all the potted maple trees.

Hoping to start building it all up from this weekend. Updates to follow...



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Old 08-11-2018, 23:08   #2
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SO basically this thread is just saying "I got WOOD over my Evo"

Happens to a lot of us on this forum
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A little bit of progress in the last 2 weeks, stealing what little time I could in between other essential duties:


Spent a fair bit of time designing the project. Joist, rafter, king post and racking measurements, roof pitch angle, birds-mouth seat measurements, etc







I've opted for an apex roof with felt on 11mm boards and a pitch angle of 22° as a compromise to shift rainwater and light snow but limit the overall height of the structure.


Next up was to clear the area of potted Maple trees before the physical task of dummy lay-out of the frame timber to position and, and then measure the ceiling rectangle, and from that plot the position of the supporting posts.



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For anyone digging post holes, I cannot recommend borrowing or buying one of these babies highly enough. A proper long and narrow (and heavy) post-hole spade - makes the job so much quicker easier:





First 4 post holes sunk to a depth of 18 inches.

NOTE the measurements and markings on the long beams




Setting the first post is one of the easy parts.






Not so easy is then shortening and cutting the next posts to maintain the correct spacing, keeping them plumb, and ensuring the joist beams are level all at the same time.
The difficulty is that you place the post in the hole at what looks like the correct position at ground level. Then adjust it to be 100% vertical. Doing this adjustment pivots the post 18 inches below ground level, so the ground level position of the post changes. It's a relatively slow, step by step process repositioning the post into the hole, then making sure the beams are level, then adjusting the post to be vertical, then going back to square one when either the beam level is no longer horizontal or the ground level position is slightly off (which then means the position of the top of the post is not quite right)





A thing of beauty




To cut the posts to the correct length, I used the horizontal beam as the origin. This was placed on the ground immediately adjacent to where the base-line of posts would be, and then adjusted to be bang-on horizontal.

After the first post was set, I measured the vertical height of the top of the post and the height of the seat cut in it for the beam. I then sat a virgin post in the next hole, and transposed those measured dimensions onto it before bespoke cutting it to size. The measurements and cutting proved to be accurate enough in the ballpark that the beam shoulders were less than 1mm out when placing the post back in the hole. and measuring with the spirit level.
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It was a pleasant enough late afternoon by this time.

As well as power tools (circular saw), the chisel and hammer even made an appearance for the middle post:




As did the Bud and sweet chilli Pringles:





Same process as before - measure from the horizontal beam, cut the next post to size, cut the shoulder notch for the beam, position, re-position, re-re-position to get everything square. I'm using the post-spade as a weighted wedge to keep the post vertical while adjusting for horizontal:







The day then drew to a close having sunk the 4th post hole and getting it as level and true as possible as the baseline for the second line of posts. This one was the most time consuming of the lot, because it had to be adjusted for both sideways and lengthways position as well as vertical and height adjustment to keep the joists level. In order to assess the height level, I screwed on some temporary shoulders to both post one and post four that would support a joist to measure with a spirit level. Tricky. But done... and finished under the security light and head torch in the dark




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Drinking on the job tut tut! Keep up the good work
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Love threads like these, always feels better designing and building things from scratch instead of buying
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Love threads like these, always feels better designing and building things from scratch instead of buying
Yeah man.
Absolutely agree.

Plus, doing it all 100% by oneself feels so much more rewarding.

Yours Aye

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Mark,

You need one of these...

https://www.screwfix.com/p/dewalt-dw...ne-laser/38474

We use them for site measuring and wouldn’t be without it, ideal on a project like this
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You need one of these...

https://www.screwfix.com/p/dewalt-dw...ne-laser/38474

We use them for site measuring and wouldn’t be without it, ideal on a project like this
Better again and shell out for its bigger brother , was @470 ish poundages ye olde sterling ....ive got one for 2.5 years and better than any ive had previous, dont even use my old rotary laser !!! ( was €1650 back in the day 12 years ago )
Rechargeable battery ftw ,and great for squaring !!! And now its cheaper than ever ...mine was €630 in local tool shop , but rip off paddyspec tax applies
https://www.toolstop.co.uk/dewalt-dc...-li-ion-p72396

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Thanks for the torture, chaps. I'm on a tight budget and still managing to overspend even that, lol...

Will have to do without lasers and continue okd-skool-cool. Just like my Evo.

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Bit of progress

Bit more progress to report and even more coming soon.


Last time I left the job there were 4 posts placed in position.

Time to continue getting the final 2 post holes measured, sunk and posts placed concreted in place.

First step was to position and level the guide beams just above ground level to act as a measuring and positioning template.






Then place a longer rafter between the 2 back posts and mark off the spacing as a template.








Then transfer the marked rafter template to the other end of the beams to measure out the position of the front post hole.

Note in these pictures the marking is in the wrong position - I didn't mess up - I took the photo later on - after marking correctly and starting to dig the hole - the template marking is just moved aside to allow digging the hole.






This time, the front corner post was a lot easier to position and make plumb. As before, I used the guide beam as the horizontal origin to measure the height of the back post and then mark the same height from the horizontal guide beam on the front post to cut it at the correct size and get the shoulder seat in the correct place.

Post in the hole and double-check the measurements prior to measure and cut...






contd...
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Late lunch

Needed a quick break for that well known builder's snack - cheeses, jalapeno bloomer and wine...




Then onto cutting the post, securing the beam, temporary joist, triple check measurements, level, and plumb...








And finally a visual check to ensure the post is parallel with it's partners






All seems good to get the post-crete in the hole
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