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How to Build a PVC Carport

Updated April 17, 2017

Building a carport is really not as expensive as it seems. The cost of building a carport out of PVC pipe is less than half the cost of a traditional wooden or metal carport. A carport fit to the size of your vehicle or driveway can be built in a few hours. PVC pipe is not a heavy material, which means extra steps will be needed to prevent the carport from blowing away in a heavy storm.

Fill the five-gallon buckets with concrete. Insert one PVC pipe into the concrete. Use a levelling tool to position the pipe so it stands level. Repeat this for all four corners. A carport larger than 8 feet long or 10 feet wide will need to have additional buckets at every 6 to 8 feet.

Attach a T-connector to the top of each PVC pipe. Position the connector so it will allow another pipe to continue vertical. Insert a 2-inch pipe in each T-connector. Connect a 45-degree angle connector to each 2-inch pipe.

Insert a PVC pipe horizontally into the remaining opening in the T-connector. Attach another T-connector to the opposite end of the horizontal pipe. Two vertical pipes should be connected to create a lower case "n" shape. Repeat with the other two vertical pipes. Connect two 8-foot sections together using a cross connector at each vertical pipe. Insert the 2-inch pipe and the angle connector into the cross after the horizontal pipes have been installed.

Insert two 8-foot sections of PVC pipe into one 45-degree angle connector. Insert the two ends into the angles on the vertical pipes. Repeat for the other pairs. This will create a house shape out of PVC pipes.

Place a tarp over the structure. Clamp the tarp in place using grip clamps. This will prevent the tarp from moving. Space the clamps no more than 3 inches apart. Pull the tarp tight. Do not clamp over pipes that are in between other pipes.

Tip

Wrap each joint with primer and glue for additional hold.

Things You'll Need

  • Concrete mix
  • Five-gallon buckets
  • 10 PVC pipes (This number will vary depending on the size of the carport.)
  • Four T-connectors
  • Six 45-degree angle connectors
  • Four 2-inch PVC pipes
  • Tarp
  • Grip clamps
  • Primer and glue (optional)
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About the Author

Meg Warren began writing how-to articles professionally in 2009. Born and raised in St. Louis, Miss., Warren has always been a creative person through art, writing and music. She is currently pursuing an associate degree at Patricia Stevens College for interior design.