Originally Posted by Pooswa
I was also wondering about using metal poles instead of 4x4 posts? I had somebody suggest that to me and I never heard of it or seen it.. When I went to the place where I'm gonna wind up buying the material from they also suggested metal poles..this will cost me about 300 dollars more if I use them ...does anybody know about this?
You can use 2-3/8" metal posts, which are usually used for end posts on chain link fences. Simpson Strong-Tie makes some metal adapters to fasten the wood 2x4 cross members to the round posts. The metal posts eliminate the warping that is all too common with the treated 4x4's nowadays.