Lattice panels are an excellent aid for your landscape design plans. You may use them to extend fencing, section off your garden, or create privacy within the garden. You can also use the panels for décor. However you choose to use them, lattice panels can be used for myriad projects and can allow you to enjoy the natural flow of outdoor air. Latticework is available in 2X8 and 4X8 panels, and thicknesses varies. Wood and polyvinyl chloride, or PVC, are the most commonly used materials for these panels. Lattice can be easily installed once you know how to cut it. Below are six tips to guide you through this project.
1. Take Accurate Measurements
It is important to take accurate measurements of your project, especially the width. Doing so will ensure that the panels fit properly into the framing and support posts. If the area to be framed isn’t square, it will be necessary to make extra cuts to enable the panels to fit properly. Allow an additional 1/4 inch on all sides of the panel to accommodate expansion and contraction. For installation on slopes, you must cut the panels to correspond with the grade. Alternatively, cut the panels with a few inches of allowance that can extend into the ground. Use a chalk line to indicate the cut line.
2. Remove Staples
These grid panels have many staples that help to secure the lattice in place. Try and remove as many of the staples as you can that are along the cut line. A screwdriver can help you do this. Removing these staples first will reduce the risk for flying bits of staple when you cut the lattice.
3. Use the Right Tools
Use a power saw such as a circular saw or fine-toothed hard saw to cut the panels to size. It is best to attach a carbide-tipped wood blade to the power saw for a wooden lattice. This will enable you to cut through the staples in the panels with ease. It also enables you to cut accurately and effectively. To cut vinyl lattice, attach a vinyl-cutting blade to the power saw. If you plan to make angled or curved cuts, use a power-saber saw.
4. Cut Correctly
Be sure the lattice “face” side is upward when a fine-toothed hard saw is in use. However, the “back” side should be up when a rotary saw is in use. Cut at a steady pace so that the material doesn’t chip or crack. As you approach the end of a cut, be sure to support the panel firmly, especially at the cut line. If not held down firmly, the lattice can split or tear.
5. Recruit Extra Help
It helps to have somebody to help you as you cut. The panels must be supported along both sides if you want to cut neatly and safely. A partner can help to support the panel for you as you cut, which will make your job easier.
6. Protective Wear
Sparks and bits of material tend to fly when the panels are being cut. Wear safety goggles to protect your eyes from injuries. It is a good idea to wear gloves to protect your hands from injuries, too. Be sure that your helper puts on similar protective wear.