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How to Install Lattice Privacy Screens - Method 1 Direct

Updated on October 9, 2011
Fig 1. One of many lattice screen ideas
Fig 1. One of many lattice screen ideas | Source
Fig 2.  Existing posts must be used
Fig 2. Existing posts must be used | Source
Fig 3.  Toe-nailing example
Fig 3. Toe-nailing example | Source
Fig 4. Shown is an example of posts with all the stringers attached.
Fig 4. Shown is an example of posts with all the stringers attached. | Source
Fig 5.  Lattice screen attached directly
Fig 5. Lattice screen attached directly | Source

A lattice screen adds privacy and beauty to your yard and even your home. It can also provide a shield from the winds and in some cases provide a shade. You can buy privacy screens or hire a contractor to build and install them. To save lots of money, you can install lattice screens to fences or posts yourself. Here is one basic method.

The difficulty level is moderately easy. Anyone with basic carpentry skills can do this work.

The minimum items needed are lattice screens, wood rated for exterior building, screws or nails rated for outdoor use, and power saw.

This article assumes that you have posts or existing support structures already erected. Shown is an example in fig 2.

Typical lattice have diamond shaped or square patterned gaps. Google lattice screen on the internet you will see different kinds. A diamond pattern lattice will be used in this example and can be purchased in 4 x 4 or 4 x 8 feet from a lumber store. The instructions below can be applied to a plastic or vinyl screen as well.

Plan on future maintenance. Even if the structure is built with strength and high quality, it is possible that parts could get worn or damaged for some reason. If you have to take the privacy lattice apart, it will be easy to do that with screws versus nails. You can judge yourself whether a component should be secured with screws or nails.

Add stringers to the posts. A stringer is a piece of wood connecting upright posts. Stringers can be made of other material such as vinyl. Make sure that the stringers you buy or cut to size has the same width as the posts.

Use the toe-nailing method or screw at an angle to attach the stringers to the post (see Fig 3). Ensure that the stringers are level (see Fig 4).

Measure the lattice to make sure it fits around the frame you just built. With a hand or power saw, cut the lattice so that it is at least 1 inch from the inside of the frame. There should be enough room to screw the lattice all around.

Decide which side to put the lattice. If you want the screen to show the lattice without the screws showing, place the screen on the back of the frame.

Position the lattice screen so that you can screw it in the frame. A tie wrap can be used temporarily.

Drill pilot holes on the edges of the screen and into the frame so you don’t split the delicate thin wood. Do this for all 4 sides of the screen. Screw in the lattice into the frame and stringers every 6 to 12 inches. Do not screw it tight as the wood can expand and contract. In Fig. 5, shows an example of where the screw positions would be located.

Fig 6 shows a completed project.

Fig 6. Shown is a completed project.
Fig 6. Shown is a completed project. | Source


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      Romian1 6 years ago

      Thanks. I like the horizontal and vertical lattice such as the one in Figure 1. Unfortunately, the diagonal lattice seems to be the only one carried in the big hardware stores. I had to special order the horizontal and vertical lattice screen.

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      Sojourner McConnell 6 years ago from Winchester Kentucky

      Thank you for this information. Lattice screens have such a pretty look in a garden area.