by William Bolton As a deck builder in California, I often get asked to build a pergola in conjunction with a deck project (1). Most customers want the pergola to hang right off the existing fascia, rather than have posts next to the house. But there's usually a gutter in the way, so I had to devise a technique that would allow me to secure the pergola ledger without disturbing the existing gutter.

I use a Simpson ABU66 post base as a bracket, inserted between the fascia board and the gutter (2). The post base's U-shape is wide enough for the gutter to sit between its legs without interference.

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