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Nanci
Advice for Anchoring a Metal Gazebo and Building a Patio

I have a 10'x10' HomeDepot metal gazebo that needs to be on a patio and be anchored to secure it. I live in a rainy zone 9. Do I have to dig a recess in the area and use compacted paver base? Renting a compacter, transporting it, and using it are I think above my physical capacity. I want to outline the patio with brick stamped 16”x16” concrete patio stones and fill in the center with fieldstone to match my front walkways. How deep should the anchor footing be and what type of fastener should be placed into the concrete tubes when I pour the concrete? How wide should the concrete tubes be to adequately anchor the gazebo? We are a major mosquito zone. There are graduated covers for the post plates but can they be left off to make it easier to screen in the gazebo next year? Thank you so much for your help.

A. Spruce
Re: Advice for Anchoring a Metal Gazebo and Building a Patio

If all you're doing is anchoring a metal frame, then you don't need much footing, probably nothing more than a buried cinder block or concrete pier. If your gazebo has a solid roof on it that can catch wind, then you're going to need a more substantial anchor point, something along the line of a 12" cube of concrete at each leg.

dj1
Re: Advice for Anchoring a Metal Gazebo and Building a Patio

"How deep should the anchor footing be and what type of fastener should be placed into the concrete tubes when I pour the concrete? How wide should the concrete tubes be to adequately anchor the gazebo? "

It depends on your gazebo size, height, weight, your climate and frost line (if any).

In my area, we don't have a frost line, but we have winds. Therefore, for a good size gazebo or deck, a 24" deep x 12" wide footing will do.

Some cities require steel re-bars in the footings and gazebo posts which are fastened into Simpson Anchors.

A call to your building dept/city bldg inspector will get you the answers to your questions.

Why is it important to do it to code? 1. For safety. 2. Easy transaction, if and when you decide to sell the house.

The rest of your question about the flooring: you can consult local contractors and get estimates from them for various styles.

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