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DIY Step Image - How to install posts and beams for a carport . Blob storage upload.

Overview

Following on from our How to set up posts for a carport video, find out how to install the posts and beams to finish off the framework. The amount of corner and side posts you'll need depends on the size and plans of your carport, which you should determine before you start the job.

Steps

1Measure and mark beam height

To create a side post for your carport, measure out your beam height and mark it out squarely on the end of the post. Then down the side of the post, measure out how thick the beam will be so that it sits in squarely on the post. 

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2Cut the posts to size

Cut along the marked lines with your circular saw and you will create the cut out in the post that will support a beam. Knock out the cut off with a hammer, and then chisel off any rough edges. For your corner posts, mark up and cut another side on the post. 
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3Put the posts into your supports

You'll need a friend to help you put the posts into the supports that you've already made. Use a spirit level to make sure the posts are level or your carport won't be straight. Place the post in the middle of the support with the cut outs facing outwards. 

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4Brace posts with timber and clamps

When your post is level, screw in the post to the support. Brace your posts with timber and clamps so it doesn't move while you're finishing.

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5Lift up and nail your beams

With the help of a friend, lift up your pre-cut beams and nail them into the cut outs at the top of your fixed posts, just to hold them in place. Make sure the beams have been cut on a 45° mitre to get a nice sharp corner when you join them together.

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6Screw the beams together

Once your beams are all in place, screw them together. Put the batten screws in at different heights so that they don't hit each other at the joins. Continue on nailing and screwing in your beams until you've finished your carport framework.

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Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.