How to make pergola footings level with each other??

Pergola Design

Pergola Design

I'm constructing a pergola on a brick patio.

The 4 corner posts won't be on the patio itself; I'm going to remove bricks in the corners and pour 18" concrete footings. The posts will be secured to the footings with heavy-duty angle ties.

Since the footings will be below the level of the brick, and they'll be about 12' from each other, I'm wondering how to make sure they're level with each other so that the pergola is also level?

I don't want to pull up more bricks than necessary. I know the patio itself isn't level; it's sloped to allow for proper drainage.

I hope my description isn't confusing and someone can give me some help with this.

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Mar 31, 2013
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Its a Pergola Kit
by: Anonymous

since this is a kit, the post tops are already custom cut to fit rafters and cross beams. therefore I can't cut them to height. I need to level the bases at the footings.

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Install post and level afterwards
by: Editor-Rich Bergman

Why don't you just install the large posts to your footings and then find the correct elevation of each post at the height you would prefer and cut it.

Then use that one post height as the reference for the heights of the other three posts. You can mark the correct elevation on the other posts by either using a water level, line level, or with the help of another person a 2x6 beam held against the reference post and the post to be marked.

This method uses the base foundation elevations as they naturally occur and saves you much unneeded worry and work.

Once cut, you will be certain that each is at the identical elevation for your roof beams and trusses.

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