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Free-standing Carport Project

free-standing carport
How to build a basic free-standing carport.
Page Contents
1: Introduction - Wood sizes - Measurements
2: Identifying the parts - The height - The roof fall you are on this page
3: The plans - Setting out
4: Installing the posts, 3 options
5: The beams and rafters, fixing detail
6: The bracing options
7: User Photos/Comments
Identifying the members

carport parts (a)   Posts 100mm x 100mm (4" x 4")
(b)   Beams 200mm x 50mm (2" x 8")
(c)   End rafters 200mm x 50mm (2" x 8")
(d)   Rafters 150mm x 50mm (2" x 6")
(e)   Blocking 150mm x 50mm (2" x 6")
(f)   Galvanized bolts
(g)   Joist Hangers
(h)   Galvanized Angle Bracket

The height

The height of a carport is in most cases, common sense. A tall person should be able to walk comfortably under the lowest end of the carport. 2100mm (7ft) from the finished ground to the underside of the lowest end rafter, is a good height.

The slope

The roof slope (fall) should be at least 100mm (4").
If using a clear PVC roof, then a steeper slope is advisable, as a steeper fall means faster water run-off, and therefore a cleaner roof.

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