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Lattice Privacy Fence - Part II

We used lattice vinyl from Acurio LatticeWorks to create a lattice privacy fence around our air conditioner units. We needed something that would not only hide the units but also be easily removed for regular air conditioner maintenance and repairs.

In Part I, we constructed the post holders, located the posts, and poured the concrete. Now we will show you how we built the vinyl lattice panel frames and installed them on the posts.


Here's a quick link to steps 1- 7.





Step 8: Rip 2x4: Cut a 10' (or length of your lattice panel) treated 2x4 in half. Cut a sufficient amount to frame the top and sides or your lattice panels.
cut a treated 2 x 4 in half


Cut a sufficient amount to frame the top and sides or your lattice panels


Cut a 5/16 wide x 3/4 inch deep groove down the center to receive the lattice as shown below.
cut a groove in each section to receive the lattice panel


Step 9: Attach frames to lattice: Attach the frame to the lattice with 1/4 exterior bolts as shown.
Attach the frame to the lattice with 1/4 exterior bolts


Step 10: Cut posts to length: Determine your post height. Our lattice is 34 inches high and we want it to be one inch below the top of the post. We want the posts to extend above the tallest air conditioner unit.

An easy way to determine the height is to run a line level across the tallest unit to the post. Measure from the top of the post holder to the line and make a mark. Then measure from that line to the top of the post. Subtract 1 inch from that measurement and cut the bottom of the post that number.

determine your post height


Now run a line level from the post you just cut to the other post. Mark it. Measure from that line to top and repeat the instructions above. Remember to cut from the bottom.

Step 11: Attach the front lattice panel: I wanted to install and remove the frames easily so I used bolt latch sets (two on each side)on the front lattice panel as shown below. Position the lattice panel between the posts, align the latch bolt sets, and install with screws provided.

use bolt latches so that you can easily remove the panels when needed


Photo below shows the front panel in place
front vinyl lattice panels are in place


Step 12: Attach the side lattice vinyl panels: In order to install these, I made my own channel pieces to receive the side lattice panels.
attach the side vinyl panels


I then attached them to the posts as shown below.
attach side panels to the grooves of the frames


To attach the panel, simply slide it into the channel and drill a hole through the panel frame and the channel. Insert a pin (I used a bolt) through the hole to hold the panel in place.

To attach the panel, simply slide it into the channel and drill a hole through the panel frame and the channel.


secure side panel with a pin


This is what an assembled corner looks like from the inside.

how an assembled panel looks from the inside


Repeat the process for the other side.

Here's our lattice vinyl project - watch our video of how easy it is to assemble!

The lattice panel project is completed















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