By Gene and Katie Hamilton
Before You Begin
Unpack the components of the canopy unit and become familiar with the various parts and pieces of hardware. Then read through the installation instructions first for an overview of how the unit is assembled and fastened together. Then read the instructions again for the details of each step.
It's handy to have a helper available to hold parts as the unit goes up. Have two ladders on hand, one for you and one for your helper.
Step 1 : Attach the end mounting brackets
Measure and mark the location for the end mounting brackets attached to the house. The installation instructions explain how to attach the unit to the house.
For masonry walls (brick or stone), use concrete fastening screws or lead shields. These can be purchased at any home center or lumberyard.
For stucco, aluminum or vinyl siding, it is recommended that a 1x4 board be screwed directly to the wall studs to carry the weight of the unit. On aluminum and vinyl siding, tighten the top screw close to the overlapping siding and snug up the lower screw to prevent compressing the siding.
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