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Building a Carport
|You might not be comfortable parking your car outside and exposing it to the
elements. But, if you don't have a garage, you might think your only solution is
to build one. However, there is a much simpler thing you can do. Rather than
putting the time and money into building a garage, you can more easily construct
a carport to protect your vehicle.
A carport is a
small shelter, which can be freestanding or attached to your home, that provides
some protection to your vehicle. Though it won't provide the same level of
protection as a garage, it does offer an effective way to shield your vehicle
from the elements. So, if you want to build a carport yourself, follow the
There are two main things to consider before you start
building your new carport. First, you'll need to find out if your are allowed to
build a carport on your property. As with any major construction project, you'll
probably need permission from your municipality before you start building the
carport. The other main thing is to figure out whether you can handle the
project or not. Though you can find do-it-yourself kits containing everything
you need to build one, it can still be pretty challenging.
If you, or
your hired professionals, are using a kit to construct the carport, follow the
included instructions. However, the process of building a carport should go a
little something like this:
- First, you'll need to figure out the dimensions of the carport. These should
be included in the instructions of your kit. If doing it completely on your own,
you can figure this out by parking your car where you plan on building the
carport and making a layout that will sufficiently surround the vehicle. You can
lay out some string according to those dimensions, which will help you figure
out the placement of the posts.
- The next step is to mark off where you will put the posts. They should be
placed about 9 feet apart on the two long sides. If attaching the carport to
your home, you'll still need to put in posts against the house.
- Once the post locations are marked off, you can start putting them in.
First, dig a hole for each post of about 1 foot diameter and about 1 or 2 feet
deep. Then, fill in the holes with cement and place a stirrup bracket into the
center of each hole, making sure each one is level.
- As you wait for the concrete to set, you can cut a 2x6 inch notch into the
top of each post, which will help when putting the top of the carport together.
Once the concrete is dry, place the posts into the brackets, attaching them with
- At this point, place the bearers that will make up the sides of the roof
along the tops of the posts (they should lock into the grooves you already
created). Secure the bearers to the posts with carriage bolts. If your carport
is going to be attached to the house, you can use coach screws or masonry bolts
to attach the bearers to the house.
- After the bearers are attached, you can put up the rafters. These should be
placed across the bearers at about every 3 feet and attached with joist hangers
- Finally, you can attach the roofing material to the bearers and rafters,
using roofing screws with rubber washers. Make sure the roof overhangs the
structure to allow rain to run off.
Now that your carport is built, you
can leave it is as or customize it however you want. The important thing is that
you have a brand new structure to shelter your car.