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Blackswanwood

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I have been been working on a oak pergola which is ready to go together.

The plan is to sit it on staddle stones drilled to take a rebar pin that will fit in a hole drilled in the base of each leg.

At the eleventh hour I am wondering about sitting it on brick plinths instead.

The staddle stones have a slight dome on them which I think will be to stop water accumulating. If this is right and the brick plinths are flat am I storing up a problem?

As an aside timber framing is really hard work but equally satisfying. Hats off to the craftsmen of yesterday who built houses this way by hand.
 

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That’s autocorrect and I didn’t notice in the header!

I know they are readily available but am considering using brick plinths instead.
 

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Generally if you use brick plinths, they are wider than the post and you use mortar to create a fall for water.
 

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AJB Temple":3jdchm6v said:
Generally if you use brick plinths, they are wider than the post and you use mortar to create a fall for water.
I've used clay tiles to make a sloped capping for the top of a plinth before now. Another option is to cast a conical or pyramidal capping stone using concrete in a mould - the steel spike can be cast in situ. Cheers, W2S
 

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