These tools make the project go smoothly
- Safety glasses
- Bubble level
- Circular saw with a fine-tooth blade (60-tooth or greater)
- Cordless drill
- Cordless impact driver
Planning your project
- Planning is the key to a successful project. Make a sketch, including dimensions.
- Determine the number of panels needed to cover or enclose the desired space. Most lattice panels are 48 by 96 inches and can be mounted horizontally or vertically, depending on the needs of your project. Plan for a 1/16” gap between panels to allow them to expand and contract.
- Mark the sub-structure with a chalk line, so that your panels remain aligned and plumb or square.
- Determine the finished (cut) size of your panels. For example, if you are enclosing a deck that is 30” above ground level, you’ll need to reduce the heigh of your panel by 30”. It might be safer to measure and trim each panel as you install, instead of cutting all panels at once. Hint: ground is rarely level. Measure your project at multiple points to ensure adequate coverage.
- Determine the number of C and H channels that you’ll need. C-channel borders are used at the beginning and end of your panel run, while H-channel dividers are used between adjoining panels. Depending on design, your project may require additional C channels for the top and bottom of your panels.
- Determine how many fasteners you’ll need. We recommend using fasteners every 24” for horizontal or vertical applications.
Securing the Panels
- Grid Axcents decorative lattice panels are lightweight and flexible, so it’s helpful to have an assistant — one person holds the panel in place while the other fastens the panels to the sub-structure.
- Set the panel in position.
- Drill a hole in the marked indentation using a ⅛” diameter drill bit.
- Place a 1½” stainless steel screw through the screw cover.
- Drive the fastener with an impact driver or screwdriver. Hint: Do not overdrive your fastener. Like many building materials, Grid Axcents decorative lattice expands and contracts. Mounting the fastener flush to the panel permits this expansion.
- Close the screw cover.
- Repeat this process for the remaining corners of the panel.
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Grid Axcents decorative lattice panels are made from low-maintenance, durable, high-quality polypropylene plastic. They are fully paintable if your project has unique color requirements. Ask your local paint store for instructions on painting polypropylene.
C-channel borders and H-channel dividers are available in matching colors for all Grid Axcents decorative lattice panels. They are sold separately.
- As when doing any home improvement project, take all safety precautions. Care must be taken when handling materials and tools.
- Always use eye protection, gloves, and the safety guards on power tools, especially saws.
- Always maintain a safe work environment by keeping children and pets out of the construction area.