How to Cut Vinyl Lattice Fence and Set It up By Yourself
This article consists of what to prepare, how to cut vinyl lattice fence and set it up by yourself.
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So you are considering setting up a vinyl lattice in your garden or under your deck. Made from a durable material, it’s an excellent choice for a fence with its lightweight and slender figure.
Yet it’s not like you can just buy vinyl lattice from the store and it will fit in your place right away, you are going to need to modify it.
That leads to the question of how to cut vinyl lattice in an appropriate manner without damaging it. And if you happen to be in need of such a way, this article will provide you with one. It’s quite easy to follow and execute.
What you will need
The vinyl lattice can be handled the same as with any wood objects. When you cut it, you need to make sure to avoid chipping or cracking and the line must be straight to give it’s the best possible appearance.
There many tools that can do this but some sure do it better than the rest. Let go through what you are going to need in this job:
Saws with a circular blade are very suitable to cut through the vinyl lattice. But you will need to make sure the blade teeth are small and straight. If the blade teeth look like a hook or designed to tear and rip then find another one since it’s not going to help you in this job.
If you can’t find any circular saw then a hand saw with the recommended teeth or any cutting tools with a linear blade is good enough.
Measure tool and marker
Prepare a tape measure or retractable ruler to determine the length of the vinyl lattice you need and a marker to mark where you need to cut. You should pick a marker that produces a color in contrast with the vinyl lattice so you can spot it easily.
Safety gears and tips
Since you are going to do a lot of cutting, wear a pair of goggles and gloves to protect yourself from the splinters and alike. A facemask is also advised. If possible, cut the vinyl lattice in an open yet enclosed space.
You don’t want the wind to spread saw dust uncontrollably around your workplace. And there are also certain vinyl features you need to watch out for.
First is the nails and staples, while more common in the wood variant, you can expect to see some nails and staples in any lattice so make sure to remove as many as you can before attempt to cut through.
Second is the vinyl nature to vibrate due to its woven material which may make it difficult to cut through in a straight line, use a clamp or ask someone to keep it steady while you are cutting it.
And finally is the atmosphere, vinyl has a tendency to shatter when being cut in cold temperature so do it indoor or in warm weather.
How to do it
Step 1: Decide the required length
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Measure the length of your garden that you intend you install the vinyl lattice by the tool of your choice. After that, mark the start and the finish point on the lattice then connect them by a straight line that goes through the thinnest part, preferably the joints.
Try to keep the line as straight as possible so as to preserve the lattice appearance.
Step 2: Start cutting
Use the saw or appropriate tools to cut through the lattice slowly yet steadily. Make sure you know where you are cutting at all time, stop and adjust the moment it seems to get out of line.
As mentioned above, use something or ask someone to secure the lattice in place while you are cutting it or the vibration will easily send your saw off course and complexly ruin the lattice panel.
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After that, set up the frame to support the lattice. The frame should be bolted together tightly first with screws or T – shape and L – shape styles so as to strengthen the structural integrity and hold the lattice in place.
Step 3: Modify the height (if you need to)
After you have cut through and get a vinyl lattice with suitable length, its time to think about the height. If you also get the lattice in the height that suits your preference then there is nothing to do but in case it doesn’t, there are several solutions:
If it’s too high then simply repeat the process of marking and cutting as you have done for the length above until the lattice fit your frame. If it happens to be too short then all you need to do is cut through the nearest joints and throw any excess part that doesn’t form a complete panel away.
Then purchase additional lattices, cut through the joints and put them where you have cut the joints of the first panel. Finally, use glues, nails and the frame to attach 2 vinyl lattices together and you are done.
Step 4: Set up the post or movable components
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After the vinyl lattice frame is finished, now you will need some posts as a connection between the frame and the ground or your house deck. A few square wood lumbers will be fine.
Simply nails the frame to the post then bury the post into the ground or secure it with your deck and you are done here. If you want to create a door, put a slide or push mechanism between your posts and the lattice frame.
And that covers most of it, do you have any trouble following it? Vinyl lattice requires little maintenance in its life time. Its appearance is very refreshing compared to a steel fence while remaining durable.
And you can set up such a fence on your own too by simply follow this guide here closely.
Everything you need is just around the corner and the procedures are very simple. With just a bit of time and effort plus the right tools, you will possess a quality vinyl lattice fence in no time.
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