Lattice Privacy Fence
Use Vinyl Lattice Panels - Part IA lattice privacy fence is a good way to hide unsightly features in your yard from view. You could hide anything from your neighbors falling down shed, or like in our case, air conditioner units.
Or, you could erect a fence to have total privacy for you and your family.
I've wanted to tackle this project for quite some time but wasn't sure what product would be best suited to meet our needs.
Then I came across Acurio Latticeworks who make custom vinyl lattice panels. It appeared to be a very good product so we decided we'd use it as a lattice privacy fence around the units.
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I wanted panels that I could remove easily if the air conditioner units needed maintenance or repairs plus they had to withstand adverse weather conditions.
How to Make a Lattice Privacy Fence
Step 1: Choose Your LocationDetermine exactly where you want the fence. I needed to allow for air flow around the air conditioner units. I wanted the fence 3.5 inches from the concrete pad and wanted to extend it around the sides.
My vinyl lattice was 120 inches long, sufficient to cover the front of the units.
I located my post holes so that the posts would be exactly 120.5 inches apart. That gave me 1/4 inch on each side to slide the panel from the posts easily when I needed to remove it.
Step 2: Dig the HolesWe used a post hole digger and went down 12 inches. We made them large enough to accommodate post holders that we made so the posts slide in and out easily.
Step 3: Make the Post HoldersI made them from treated 1x6s lumber. Basically, I used the posts as a template and wrapped the 2x6s around them. I fastened it together with exterior screws. The box is actually a "tube"; it does not have a bottom.
They are approximately 10 inches long, sufficient to hold the posts.
Step 4: Test the Post HoldersLeave the 2x4 post in the post holder and place the unit in the hole (see picture above). You want the holder to be at ground level or just above the ground.
Make adjustments as necessary. Don't worry about the height of the posts at this time.
Step 5: Place the PostsNow that the post holder is at the correct height, align the posts themselves. Leave them in the holders until after the concrete is poured and cured.
I used a 2x4 spacer between the slab and the post (not the post holder) to help align the posts along the slab. This will make each post be 3.5 inches (the width of the 2x4) from the slab.
To find the length between the posts, I cut a 2x4 to length. In this case, I cut it at 120.5 inches and used it to space the posts apart.
I also screwed exterior screws into the sides of the post holder so the cement would have something to "grab" and help hold the boxes in place once the concrete cures.
Step 6: Pour CementI used one 40 pound bag of cement for each hole. Take care to align the posts so they are square on all sides. Remember, you aren't really squaring the posts; you are actually setting the post holders so that whenever a post is inserted it will be square.
Step 7: Let Cement CureDo not remove the posts until the cement has cured; at least 24 hours.
While the cement is curing you can make the vinyl lattice frames. See how we completed our lattice privacy fence in PART II - don't miss it!
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