How To Build an Overhang

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Are you needing to build an overhang for your house or perhaps even your shed? If so, then this is the article that will help you do that. With a few tools, some patience, and a little know how you will be building overhangings like a professional in no time. The first thing you will need to do, is draw up your plans the way you want them and get your lumber together as well as other tools that will be needed for a project just like this.

Deciding the length of your overhang to go over the edge of your house or shed is the first step, decide just how much over you want it to go to and then we can work from there. Drawing these measurements on your sketch would be a good idea. Measure twice on your boards to cut to the length, making sure it’s right and then you can cut to match. You will want to mark on your boards where to cut, otherwise you might find yourself cutting a little shorter than intended. You will also want to make sure both sides of your overhang match and are exact lengths, otherwise it will be a bit lopsided.

Once you have that done you can then drill holes into your boards on each end of course. Now that you have all your holes drilled, hold one end against your building that you're placing the overhang, and place your bolts into place into the side of your wall. Make sure that it does not hit any electrical wiring that may be running inside your wall. This will ensure you do not get electrocuted now or later. Using another board, stretch it across the width of your overhang and then place your next board up, this will ensure you get the perfect match and it will be level by the time you finish placing your bolts on.

Now that you have the general layout done with your overhang, start building outwards placing your boards in position and nailing them or even screwing them into place. Make sure that you attach a perfect number of crossbeams horizontally to the other boards. This will farther your overhang and make it more stable. The last thing you want is for your overhang to end up falling down on you unexpectedly. Once you have all your crossbeams into place, as well as all your nails and screws put in, you can begin placing either plastic sheeting or even metal sheeting over the boards. This will act as your roofing, it will keep your overhang looking nice as well as protected from various weathers.

Now that you have all the roofing and boards up, you can finally cut off any extra pieces that are overhanging from the actual overhang. Make sure you make straight cuts and you do not cut off too much excess. Work slowly, and make sure you wear goggles when operating the saw, you do not need to lose an eye just because you are working too fast or not safely enough. Once you're done, you can step back and take in the fruits of your labor and now enjoy a professional looking overhang.


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