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How to Build a Roof Over an Outdoor Bar

    • 1). Find out about local laws and ordinances about building backyard structures in your area, and contact local utilities before digging to avoid damaging underground cables or lines.

    • 2). Measure a space that is 10 feet long and 4 feet wide, and mark four corners with stakes or rocks.

    • 3). Dig a hole 2 feet deep and 6 inches in diameter at each corner, and put 1/2 inch of sand and 1 inch of gravel in each hole.

    • 4). Mix the concrete, place the 12-foot posts in the two front holes and the 10-foot posts in the two back holes, and fill around the posts with concrete. Let the concrete dry at least 24 hours, and brace the posts if necessary to keep them straight while the footings dry. You will have two 10-foot-tall posts in front and two 8-foot-tall posts in back, creating a slanted roof.

    • 5). Screw in the four cross pieces on the 4-foot sides of the structure, two on each side, at 3 and 4 feet from the ground.

    • 6). Place the 12-foot support pieces across the tops of the front posts and the tops of the back posts, parallel to each other. Position the support pieces so that they extend a foot on each side of the structure and screw them into the posts.

    • 7). Place the corrugated fiberglass panels next to each other on top of the support pieces on the structure, with the 3-foot-wide edges parallel to the support pieces. The four panels should be wide enough to cover the length of the support pieces, extending on each side of the structure by a foot. Screw the panels into the support pieces.

    • 8). Caulk the seams of the panels where they join on top of the structure so rain doesn't drip through.

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