attaching pergola posts to deck

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So my question is if I can build this pergola directly on top of my deck? (the first illustration at this link shows what mine would look like, www.lowes.com lowes lkn?action=howTo&p=Build pergola.html). Here they show mounting the posts to the deck joists below, I dont think I could get under my deck to 

Pergolas are instant gathering places and provide a beautiful boost to the exterior of your home. In order to build a pergola, of course, you will need to install the pergola posts. This article uses the post brackets that you have already installed and will show you how to mount your wood posts to those secure 

This means locating the existing deck joists. Once the location of the 6×6's posts has been determined, the 6×6 metal post anchors can be installed. The post anchors have a hole in the middle so that you can attach it to the deck joist. I drilled a hole using a 1 8” bit. Then the anchor is secured to the existing 

Remember to follow local code for deck posts. There are several methods for setting posts. One way is to pour concrete in the post hole, set the post on the concrete and backfill with gravel. To help prevent rotting, this deck will have wooden posts attached to concrete footers above ground. For either method, set the footers 

This is quickly going to become too complicated to tell you for sure if your deck will be able to support a structure like a pergola, but if it is even half the weight If your house is brick and your ledger board is attached with carriage bolts then even if the joists were on 12" centers then you are still likely putting 

Thank you very much for posting and answering my question. I also appreciate that you are not stuck on the johnny-one-note answer of don't try to attach the pergola to the floating deck. BTW - My ground is only ever so slightly un-level and I'm not using any posts in the blocks. The joists will sit directly in the 

Properly attach your support posts to the deck: The four posts of your pergola need to be attached to the joist structure under the deck, not the floorboards of the deck. This is a lot like finding studs in your walls when you're hanging something heavy. If you don't attach the support posts to the deck framing, 

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