wood guy: "Oh there is a problem with your order. You ordered 15 2x4's in 16 foot lengths and we only have 4 of them so we can either deliver the partial order or hold it until we get the others in a few days."
me: "WHAT?? OH NO! I HAVE PEOPLE COMING OVER TO BUILD IN THE MORNING! Why didn't you tell me this when I placed the order?"
wood guy: "Yeah sorry about that."
After I begged and pleaded, the wood guy agreed to find the other boards at another store so the delivery is scheduled for sometime this afternoon. Now I'm a little worried. For some reason I'm freakishly nervous about this project. I can't even tell you why. I handle fairly large projects at work all the time and I'm never as nervous as this.
I should take the opportunity to say AGAIN how much Thomas Landscaping ROCKS! I received an email from him a couple of days ago saying that he'd been following my blog and was a little concerned about a couple of things on the pergola plans. One of them was that the upper beams were upside down (take that, Pie Guy!) and the other was about how to properly place the corner posts. That he took the time out to email me about this makes him a rock star in my book. So, if you need any hardscapes or other fancy patio stuff and you are in the Chicagoland area, be sure to call Thomas Landscaping. They did a great job on my patio, AND he's a very nice guy!
Here's my informal plan for building:
Phase I: Friday May 9, 2008 AM
- Prepare the area (move all the crap off the patio to make room for working),
- Receive and validate lumber delivery,
- Buy brackets for connecting top beams, sonotubes (thanks for that tip, Thomas!) and stakes to mark off area
- Rent post hole digger
- Mark off area, remove pavers for corner posts, dig holes, place sonotubes
Phase III: May 10, 2008 AM
- Place posts in concrete, make fancy cuts on top boards
Phase IV: May 10, 2008 PM
- Assemble top section
Phase V: May 17, 2008
- Stain new pergola