DIY Carport Building
Easy Steps to Build Carports
Before You Start The Actual Job
• Identify A Spot In Your Property
This is where you’ll erect the carport. Ensure it is not where your utility lines pass to avoid digging them out or cut and disconnect them in the process of building your carport. You shouldn’t put this structure over them either.
• Seek Permission
• Ensure You Have All The Necessary Tools Beforehand
• Choose Your Carport’s Design
• DIY Carport Cost
Now that you have an idea of everything required of you before the construction day, you can get to work. Ensure you have all the tools on site for easy and quick access. Building a DIY carport can take up to 2weeks if you have everything ready.
Here’s the detailed step-by-step guide
Step 1. Perimeter setup
- Start by clearing everything onsite before you set up the carport perimeter.
- Measure and put visible begs on the four corners of your carport.
- Recheck measurements to ensure the distance between one peg and the other reflects the one on your carport plan.
- Now place the hurdles near these pegs according to your carport’s plan. You can then create a rectangular area using the string line from one peg to the next.
- If your measurements don’t reflect the ones on your carport’s plan, make the adjustments here before moving to the next step.
Step 2. Dig posts holes
Dig the holes on the four corners for the carport posts. Ensure you deal with one hole at a time for perfection and follow the depth and dimensions put on the actual plan.
Step 3. Pour cement on these holes
Mix your cement well, then pour on one hole at a time until you finish pouring in all four holes. Let the cement set for a week before you continue with your construction process.
Step 4. Erect the carport posts
Ensure the cement is ready before doing this. Someone needs to hold it down on the saddle as you level it upright using the spirit level tool. Then drill some holes for the nuts and coach bolts on these posts, insert and tighten. Repeat this step in all the holes.
Step 5. Datum line
This line levels up your carport roof. Use a pencil to put a mark on the post’s height where the roof should be. After that, use a spirit level to mark all four posts on the same height. Finally, cut the posts at the exact roofing mark.
Step 6. Carport beams
Use the ladders to attach beams horizontally on the posts. First, place these beams on the housing cuts. Ensure you secure them using the coach screws.
Step 7. Attach rafters
You need to hammer a nail at the front end of each beam, then put a string line running down to another end to set rain fall on the roof.
Step 8. Gutter and downpipe
Using a gutter clip, attach your carport’s gutter to the back beam. Place it on a run-off level for the rainwater to go downpipe well.
Step 9. Time for the carport roof
Your roofing sheets need to pass across the rafters and stay inside the side beams. Connect your roofing with the correct fasteners according to the construction plan. for a waterproof edge, add cap flashing to the areas where the roof and beam meets.
Building a DIY carport is not only pocket-friendly; it improves the value of your property too. It is simple, especially if you meet all the requirements, and with the above-detailed guide, you can now protect your vehicle against the natural elements.
Have you built your own carport? We’d love to hear from you below.