How to Attach Trellises to a Chain Link Fence for Privacy

Overview

A fence separates your property from outside intrusion and helps to prevent the loss of a pet or wandering child. Chain link fencing is a popular and effective means of protecting your lawn, pets and family. But chain link does little to provide privacy. A privacy fence lets you have your own little world, even in the middle of a crowded neighborhood. You do not need to remove your existing chain link fence to have privacy. You can add a lattice work trellis to obtain the look and feel that you require.

Step 1

Place a lattice panel against the outside of the fence so that it is 8 feet tall. Lift the panel 3 inches from the ground while holding your tape measure against the ground for accuracy.

Step 2

Fasten the panel to the chain link by wrapping tie wire through the lattice and around the chain link. Tighten and snip the excess wire with your pliers.

Step 3

Hold the second panel next to the first. Maintain the 3 inch gap from the ground. Fasten the lattice to the chain link with tie wire.

Step 4

Continue placing lattice panels around the perimeter of the chain link fence. Cut the last piece as needed with your saw. Place the cut edge against the house when mounting the final panel.

Step 5

Strengthen the lattice work privacy trellis by adding tie wire. Connect the lattice to the fence with a loop of tie wire every 12 to 18 inches. Connect the lattice panels to each other with tie wire. Plants can be placed next to the new structure so that they will climb the trellis and add to the privacy fence.

Tips and Warnings

  • Wearing safety glasses will protect your eyes from flying pieces of wire during installation. Leather work gloves will protect your hands from pinches, cuts, and punctures when using tie wire and pliers. Always be familiar with your power saw and the cautions and recommendations made by the manufacturer before use of this hazardous tool. Privacy fencing may be restricted by law in your area. Familiarize yourself with local regulations before beginning any construction project.

Things You'll Need

  • Existing chain link fence
  • Framed lattice 4-by-8-foot panels
  • Tape measure
  • Galvanized tie wire
  • Wire pliers
  • Circular saw with fine tooth wood blade
  • Leather work gloves
  • Safety glasses

References

  • Universal Forest Products: Lattice FAQ
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About this Author

After learning electronics in the U.S. Navy in the 1980s, Danny Donahue spent a lifetime in the construction industry. He worked with some of the finest construction talent in the Southeastern United States. Donahue has been a freelance writer since 2008, focusing his efforts on his beloved construction projects.

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