How to Cut Lattice Panels
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You can use lattice panels to extend your existing fence, section off your yard or garden, or make a privacy nook within your garden. You could also create a nice decorative effect with the lattice panels. Choosing lattice lets you enjoy the refreshing natural flow of air.
Lattice comes in 4 by 8 foot and 2 by 8 foot lattice panels. PVC and wood are the most common for lattice panels. They could be installed easily when you know how to cut them.
Here are some tips to help you finish your project successfully.
It’s crucial to take precise measurement for the project, especially the width. This ensures that the lattice panels properly fit into the support posts and framing. If the area that requires framing is no square, it will be necessary to perform extra cuts in order for the panels to fit correctly. Make sure there’s 1/4 inch of space on all sides of the lattice panels to accommodate contraction and expansion.
When installing on graded areas, you should cut the panels in accordance to the slope of the ground. Alternately, cut the lattice panels with a couple of inches allowance which could extend into the soil. Make a chalk line to mark off the cut line.
2. Remove the Staples
The panels have many staples which help to keep them in place. Get rid of as many staples are you can that are along the cut line. Use a screwdriver for this, in order to minimize the amount of flying small pieces of staple as you cut.
To cut the lattice panels to size, use a power saw (a fine toothed hard saw or a circular saw). It’s best to attach a carbide tipped wooden blade to the power saw for timber lattice. This will allow you to cut through the staples in your panels easily. It also lets you cut effectively and precisely.
See to it that the “face” side of the lattice is upwards when you’re using a fine toothed saw. But the “back” side must be up when you’re using a rotary saw. To prevent the material from cracking or chipping, it’s important to cut at a steady pace. As you reach the end of each cut, make sure you provide a firm support to the panel, especially at the cut line. If the lattice isn’t firmly held down, it could tear or split.
5. Protective Gear
Little pieces of materials and sparks could fly when you’re cutting the panels. So it’s important to wear goggles to safeguard your eyes. Gloves are also a good idea.
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