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Ok, I know this it probably NOT considered "Fine" woodworking, but my wife has asked me to build a cover for our patio. She wants it to span 12' out from the house, and measure 24' wide. My concern is that I make furniture - not homes.
With this in mind, she wants part of the roof for the cover to be a gabled roof (12' x 12'), while the other part will be just extending our current roof. I am concerned that to support that much weight, I would need something really strong to hold the cover up.
So, I am asking: Which is better, 2 2x4's glued/screwed together to form a post, or simply buying a 4x4 post?