How to install an outdoor screen panel

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How to install an outdoor screen panel

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Project 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.

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Done in a Day

Done in a Day

You'll need to set aside a day to comfortably complete this project

 

Step by Step Instructions

1 Dig the post holes
2 Concrete the posts in
3 Check the levels
4 Backfill the holes
5 Attach the brackets to the screen
6 Attach the screen panel to the posts
7 Install more screen panels
  • Step 1. Dig 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. 
  • Step 2. Concrete 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. 

  • Step 3. Check 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. 

  • Step 4. Backfill the holes

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

  • Step 5. Attach 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.

  • Step 6. Attach 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. 

  • Step 7. Install 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.  

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