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How to Build a Pergola

Create an inviting outdoor space that's partially shaded by overhead rafters and climbing vines.

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Step 1: Plan the Build

The pergola should be located away from major tree roots and buried underground utilities. Be sure to mark utilities before digging. Also, the local building department may have specific guidelines for post depth and footing size. If there is no specific requirement, embed the posts at least 4' into the ground.

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