Step 1: Remove the Posts

person adding supports to porch awning
Photo: Kolin Smith
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For a lightweight awning, simple 2x6s will suffice as supports. First, cut the bottom ends at a 45-degree angle so that they can sit flat on the ground when you run the boards on a diagonal to prop up the awning. Screw a scrap 2x4 beneath each one to act as a foot. Mark a 45-degree cutline on the other end of each board, parallel with the foot, then make another mark perpendicular to that one so that you get a 90-degree notch that will sit against the awning's fascia. Cut the notches with a jigsaw. Prop the boards in place, and secure each one by driving a screw through its front edge and into the awning's fascia. Drive a stake into the ground in front of each footplate to keep it from slipping. Next, outline the post locations on the awning and remove the posts.
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    Tools List

    • ladder
      ladder
    • drill
      drill/driver
    • plumb bob
      plumb bob
    • combination square
      combination square
    • jigsaw
      jigsaw
    • circular saw
      circular saw to trim posts' height
    • jack post
      jack posts to lift the awning, if post installation requires them

    Shopping List

    1. 2x6 supports: Get two 12-footers

    2. 2x4 scraps to make a footplate for each 2x6 support

    3. Wood stakes to hold 2x6 supports in place

    4. Wood screws to attach 2x6 supports to the awning

    5. Self-tapping concrete screws to attach brackets to the landing