How to Make Temporary Lattice Walls

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A lattice wall can provide privacy, hide unsightly items and serve as an area divider. These structures are an ideal solution when you need a temporary barrier. Build a lattice wall that is sturdy enough to hold up well, yet easy to remove.

Step 1

Mark the outline for your lattice walls. Drive wood stakes into the ground and pull string taut between them.

Step 2

Dig 36 inch deep holes for your 4-by-4 fence posts. Beginning at one end of the fence line, space the posts 8 feet apart, on center. Compact the soil at the bottom of the hole firmly with a hand tamper.

Step 3

Measure and cut 4-by-4 posts that are the height of your fence, plus 34 inches. Add 2 inches of gravel to each hole and compact again. Set the end fence post in the hole and fill the hole partially with dirt--enough so the post remains upright when you release it.

Step 4

Align and plumb the post by using a level on all four sides of the post. Compact the soil already in the hole firmly, check for plumb again, add remaining soil to fill the hole, compact again and check once more for plumb.

Step 5

Repeat this process for the remaining posts. Make sure the posts are spaced 8 feet apart on center as you set them.

Step 6

Align the ends of a 4-by-8 foot lattice panel on the center line of the end post and the center line of the next post. Drill pilot holes in the lattice at four evenly-spaced locations along the edge. Fasten the lattice to the posts; drill galvanized wood screws through the pilot holes and into the posts. Repeat the process to attach the lattice panels between the remaining posts.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Hand tamper
  • Measuring tape
  • Circular saw
  • 4-by-4 posts
  • 4-by-8 foot lattice panels
  • Drill
  • Galvanized screws

Who Can Help

  • Lattice Selection at Lowes
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