Rebuilt pergola

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Project by backyarder1 posted 06-07-2018 09:37 PM 823 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My husband had built this huge pergola for me years ago. Some of it was made out of cedar and when it began to rot, I had to rebuild it myself with pressure treated lumber. I certainly didn’t do it as well as he would have but as he would say I “got ‘er done”.

-- Betsy, Melbourne, Florida, USA

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#1 posted 06-08-2018 12:05 AM

Looks good to me.
Btw if you’ll stain it, it should last a lot longer without needing much in the way of repairs. Staining would b a somewhat a beast now tho since stuff has grown on it but might b worth a shot still yet

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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#2 posted 06-08-2018 12:10 AM

Thanks. I actually did that at least a year ago. I was just looking for some new photos to add on here since I have been gone from the group for so long. The part I re-did is the side facing the camera, with the sink in it. I ought to add some more photos of how I half-arsed the lap joints. LOL.

-- Betsy, Melbourne, Florida, USA

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#3 posted 06-08-2018 01:24 AM

Looks like a nice addition of a work surface for potting, pruning, clean up, and whatnot. Running water at the site of the work is magical. Looks like you did well. We have a similar Pergola out back, LOML has it alive with potted, and hanging plants.

I’ve asked her not to attach much permanent to it, so we can move it all away every few years, power wash it, and then re-coat it with some Thompson’s water seal. I’ve found it lasts real well 2 years. That makes for a re-do every 3 to 4 years. After 4 it starts looking pretty run down.

This is the product I like I get the clear, because we both love the Cedar natural, it doesn’t color it at all, but it does darken it a shade or 3 because it’s like the wood is wet for the first little while. So far we have never had any mishaps with it affecting any of our plants, and at the old place we did have a lot of plants making contact with the deck and railings.

To make sure it didn’t hurt the plants we would tie everything back for about 3 or 4 days after we applied the product, not sure if that is their recommendation, or if we just came up with that as a trial plan. With your climbers, especially anything going up over the top. I’m not sure how to advise you.

Thanks for posting.

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#4 posted 06-08-2018 04:03 AM

Nice job and the area it is in looks kind of like a jungle. Great view.

-- MEL, Kansas

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#5 posted 06-08-2018 11:19 AM

Thanks. My husband designed and originally built it. I has a sink with running water and irrigation for the orchids. He passed away and I tried to replace the parts that were rotted following his original plan.

It is 12’ x 12’ feet and installed into the ground with cement.

-- Betsy, Melbourne, Florida, USA

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#6 posted 06-08-2018 01:27 PM

You did a very nice job on rebuilding this project. Congratulations.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#7 posted 06-08-2018 01:32 PM

Thanks. I was really proud of myself.

-- Betsy, Melbourne, Florida, USA

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#8 posted 06-11-2018 03:10 PM

Very good. I have often wanted to put a working sing outside.

-- Harold

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