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Gazebo Strengthening 27 May 2017

Those of you who came to the early summer barbecue will have noticed that the gazebo had taken on a bit of a slant.

Maybe it was the new roof, maybe it was just general decrepitude, but the two screws holding each end of each high horizontal beam into the verticals weren't really doing the job any more, and it was a good five degrees off true. Time for some bracing.

The simplest approach was angle brackets (with the gazebo pushed up to as close to square as it would go), with what turned out to be extra-long 6mm diameter bolts

This meant going vertically through the narrow horizontal beams. The extra-long drill bit bent all over the place, but giving it a pilot hole helped a great deal.

The far side of the wood tended to spall, but it didn't generate any new cracks, and the whole thing's holding together nicely.


  1. Posted by Owen Smith at 01:49pm on 27 May 2017

    My mum would say "it looks like HMS Belfast" which is what she says about lots of exposed bolts and screws.

  2. Posted by RogerBW at 12:12pm on 28 May 2017

    I'd take that as a compliment. (Unless I were London Gateway Services of course.)

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