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EASY 2 Day Pergola Build + GIVEAWAY Winners - EPIC Backyard Transformation Pt. 6

John Malecki

EASY 2 Day Pergola Build + GIVEAWAY Winners - EPIC Backyard Transformation Pt. 6

We wrap up Sam’s backyard renovation with a simple pergola build.

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Aug 19, 2021

The time has come. We are on our last episode of Sam’s backyard transformation. The patio project has come along nicely, with a few squirrelly moments, of course. But the last thing we are going to do to finish this off is a pergola. By pergola, I mean something kind of like a pergola but not exactly. Sam has a vision that we are running with, but the main idea is a pergola. 

Along with this simple two-day build, we are also announcing ALL of the Pit Boss winners. For every episode of this series, we are giving away a Pit Boss grill or griddle to one of you incredible people. Watch the full video to check out our finished project and find out if you are now the new owner of a Pit Boss grill.

It’s Time to Finish This Baby Up With a Beautiful Pergola

The boys put the finishing touches on Sam’s backyard transformation.

overview of pergola build

The premise of this build is that we are planning on having a few posts and something to cover the patio from the sun. Pretty basic, right? Well, let’s see if we can screw this one up. First things first, we have to set up some posts. We marked our post locations, and we are using brackets that will allow us to adjust to make sure the beams are all set in place. Next, we drilled the brackets in place and measured our posts to the height Sam was looking for, about eight feet. 

We made sure to temporarily put a few posts and a beam up to give us a frame of reference, just to make sure that we are on the right track and leveled. The ground we were working on is not perfectly leveled and smooth, so everything is relative to this build. If you are working on a flat surface, you could probably get away with pre-cutting everything to the height you want — for once, we were just extra cautious. Did we still mess something up? Well, you’ll just have to watch the full video to find out if we pulled this one off for Sam.


Tools and Materials

John Malecki shows you his favorite tools and pulls the winners for the EPIC Pit Boss giveaways.

Jordan, John, and Sam choosing the giveaway winners

Shout out to measuring and leveling tools — they were the star of this show. If we didn’t measure correctly, we really could’ve messed this one up. I’ve added all of our favorite products for every build below, including our go-to measuring devices. But, one even BIGGER shout out to Pit Boss for allowing us to give away one of their grills for every single episode in this series. We are obsessed with cooking on ours, and we probably make you really jealous with our cheesesteaks, chicken, and everything else we cook up. 

Now for the Pit Boss giveaway winners, we couldn’t thank you enough for over 38,000 entries overall. The only way we found it appropriate to choose the winners was to throw all the names in my old, stinky Steelers helmet and randomly draw them out of there. Congratulations to the winners! Find out who they are by checking out the video.

Top Tools and Product Affiliates

Check out some of my top tools and product affiliates here. 

- Woodworking Tools 

- Metalworking Tools 

- Favorite Finishes

- My Camera Gear

Extra Supplies

Check out some of my merchandise, build plans, and go-to safety glasses.

- Merchandise 

- Plans 

- Safety Glasses 


Thanks for watching and supporting me! If you liked this project, be sure to check out my merch and other projects here: 

Download the Plan

Want to try this build out for yourself? Download the digital plan now for step-by-step instructions, measurements, and a detailed look at how to punch this project in the face.

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Aug 19, 2021
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John Malecki

I used to be an offensive lineman in the NFL, Now I run my own furniture business and am completely self taught. In my videos and posts you'll see a variety of wood and metal work as well as some tips and tricks. Enjoy!