Thursday, August 18, 2016

Pergola 2.0

So here we go again. 

I had to cut one of the uprights because it had a big hole and crack down the middle, then I cut one other corner to match. So these two are now 6 1/2 feet tall, while the other two are 8 feet. 

I put it back together much the same as the first go round. 
This version is slanted toward the west. 

Nellie hard at work just like before. 

And the frame is finished. This is the view from the house. 

One added feature is the fence t-posts that now anchor the uprights. Yes, I painted them brown so they would blend in a little. 

I also separated the panels of the cover, so the wind can't have quite as much lift. Then the cover is attached by grommets to screws. I wanted to use screw hooks, but didn't want to spend the money. I'll get some for next summer season. 

Grommets are kind of fun. Well, except for the hole I put in the mat at the bottom of the stairs outside. 

Next I'm putting the solar light strings from the porch onto the pergola. Got one string up so far. I'll save those pics for another post. 

So there you have it. Pergola 2.0!

Sunday, August 7, 2016


Now that I've revealed the family swear word, not that it was a secret or anything, I'll reveal why I used it.

Yes, the pergola took a little flight to the other side of the fence.  I will just say the wind here is amazing. That is all. (Actually, I'm just sparing you the other swears I used yesterday when I found out and this morning when I saw it for myself.)

A gigantic THANK YOU to Robyn and Keith for moving it off of the neighbor's property.  I'm also grateful that nothing else was damaged, except the fence. (Not even a mark in the garden as it flew over.)  Guess I get to start over with that project, but first I need to eat a bit of chocolate and take a nap.  Maybe I'll even read a while or watch a movie before starting again.
Back to the beginning. Took it all apart and it looks much as it did before I started in the first place.