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Gardening: DIY IT - Build your own pergola.

Byline: ADRIENNE WILD

A PERGOLA is simple to build and useful to have in the garden during summer as it provides a shady canopy for relaxing and entertaining. Add trellis sides and clothe them with climbers for better privacy and decorate with hanging baskets to add fragrance and flowers. Pergola kits are available for around pounds 199. If you're covering a patio area use Metpost Bolt Down post footings which can be screwed into the paving to hold the upright posts. The end posts of the pergola are positioned first and a string run between them so that posts in between are set at a common level. Metal joist hangers can be used to replace the back posts and fix the pergola directly onto the house wall. Position the horizontal rails or crossbeams across the two front and back posts. Kits have special notches so that the beams interlock fully, and secure using galvanised nails. To join the front and back posts and crossbeam structures, loosely fix the rafters at 18in intervals on the crossbeams. Once you're satisfied with the overall look of the pergola securely nail the rafters into position. Add post braces to each corner for extra rigidity.

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Pergolas make great shady canopies for entertaining. Add trellis sides for privacy; Kits cost around pounds 199
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 2, 2004
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