Constructing Your dug-in Sunshade

Before you start

  • Do you need permission to erect a structure of this size?
  • Check for utilities and any drainage problems
  • If structure is near property ensure rain run off slopes away from property
  • Clear the base area of grass, rubble etc.
  • Mark out the base of construction with pegs and string, this will give a feel of the overall dimensions
  • Check that the height of the finished building does not obstruct yours or neighbours view.
  • Put membrane over base area and cover with timber chips or gravel to aid drainage
  • If erecting sunshade with no floor, post holes will need to be dug at this stage
  • Assemble all tools required as given in assembly instructions. Basic items required will be: spirit level, tape measure, string, plum line, screwdrivers, hammer, shuv holer for posts
  • Lay out all the pieces of the project, ensuring all items required are easily identified, also all fittings are correct
  • Wear suitable protective clothes, sturdy work boots, gloves and goggles if appropriate

Component List

You will need at least two people to complete this project.

Sunshade

    1. 1 x centre boss
    2. 6 x wall plates (2025x125x50mm)
    3. 6 x long rafters (2470x125x50mm)
    4. 6 x short rafters (2260x125x50mm)
    5. 6 x fascia boards (2210x125x50mm)
    6. 60 x 1.8m x 125mm feather edge boards
    7. 30 x 2.4m x 125mm feather edge boards
    8. 6 x 2.7m posts

Post & Wall plate

Sunshade plan

  • Place the wall plates (B) out on the ground to create a true hexagon.
  • Mark each internal ‘point’ as the centre of holes to be dug for the posts (H). The holes should be 250mm square and 600mm deep.
  • Stand posts in each hole, with all recesses on the outside. Fix wall plate around the top of the post.
  • Place wall plates horizontally into post in a true hexagonal position. Level and brace each post into vertical position.
  • When all posts are vertical and parallel to each other, back fill with spoil and Postfix. Ram firm.

Roof

  • Hold centre boss in centre of hexagon.
  • Fix 2 long rafters (C) to centre boss (A) 125mm from top and fix long points to wall plate (B).
  • Repeat for the remaining rafters and fix. Place short rafters (D) centrally between long rafters fixing to centre boss and wall plate.
  • Cut roof cladding to fit roof (F&G) - this should overlap by one inch.

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