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A three-panel metal screen in front of a paling fence

Overview

Screens look great in any garden and can completely transform the outdoor space. You can use them as a backdrop to highlight plants or flowers, hide a fence or bin area, or just block off an area for a bit more privacy. It's an easy project that you can get done over a weekend. We'll show you how to install them to posts, but you can install them to existing rails.

Steps

1Dig the post holes

Measure the width of your screen panels and mark the corresponding position for the posts on the ground. Then dig your holes deep enough to hold a third of your posts, which will help support the weight of your screen. 
A person digging a hole between a deck and a paling fence

2Concrete the posts in

Before you start, make sure you follow the screen manufacturers instructions and wear your safety gear. Insert your posts in the holes, pour in the concrete and mix in some water. For these panels, the manufacturer advises using ready mix concrete instead of quick set concrete. 

A person pouring ready mixed concrete into a post hole with water in it

3Check the levels

Use your spirit level to make sure the posts are straight. Also, measure the posts top to bottom to ensure they're the same height. And make sure they are the correct width apart. 

A person checking a metal post with a spirit level

4Backfill the holes

Once the concrete has set, fill the holes back up with dirt. 

A person backfilling a post hole with soil

5Attach the brackets to the screen

Hold the brackets up to the back of the screen's frame and pre-drill holes either side of the frame. Then screw the brackets on. Repeat this process for the other three brackets. You should have two on each side of the panel.

A bracket being screwed to a metal screen with a cordless drill

6Attach the screen panel to the posts

Now pre-drill holes into the inside of the posts and screw the panel onto them. The brackets sit at the back of the screen with two on each side to hold the panel securely in place. This will make the front of the screens flush to the front of the posts. 

A bracket being screwed to a metal post with a cordless drill

7Install more screen panels

If you want to add more screens, install additional posts by repeating Steps 1-4 and attach the screens the same way you did in Steps 5-6.  

A three-panel metal screen in front of a paling fence

More D.I.Y. Advice

Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.