Bamboo reed fences come in long rolls that can be applied to an existing fence. This is an economical way to hide old, unsightly fences or give more privacy to chain-link fences. It is important to have a sturdy structure when installing a bamboo reed fence so that it can brave any weather. A few important steps should be taken when you attach a bamboo reed fence to an existing fence.
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Measure your existing fence and determine how many rolls or sections of bamboo reed fencing you will need.
Determine the strength of your existing fence and locate horizontal support beams at the top and bottom. Depending on the height of your existing fence and your new bamboo fence, you will need horizontal support beams at the top and bottom of your existing structure to which you can attach the bamboo fence. If you do not have support beams, you can add horizontal wood or bamboo beams to your existing structure by screwing them into your existing posts. Simply attaching the bamboo fencing to wire fencing without support beams will not make it sturdy enough to withstand wind and other elements.
Cut 20 to 25 cm (8 to 10 inch) pieces of galvanised wire using wire cutters; you will use this wire to attach the bamboo fence to your existing structure. Depending on the size of your existing structure, you will need to cut enough pieces to space them every 10 to 15 cm (4 to 6 inches) along the bottom, top and middle. Longer pieces will work well for attaching the bamboo fence to the fence posts, and smaller pieces will be used to attach the bamboo fence to the existing fence structure.
Begin to attach the bamboo reed fencing to your first fence post with galvanised wire. Make sure to thread both ends of the galvanised wire through the existing wire on your bamboo reed fence and then wrap it around the fence post on the nonvisible side. Using pliers, pull the two ends of galvanised wire tight and twist them until the reed fencing secure. Make sure you use at least three pieces of wire on each post and that your fencing is straight.
Roll your bamboo reed fence to the next fence post, then go back and attach it every 10 to 15 cm (4 to 6 inches) on the top, bottom and middle until you reach that next fence post. Use the same technique with your pliers that you used on the fence posts to secure it to the support beams. Be careful not to pull too hard when you thread the galvanised wire through the wire on the bamboo reed fence. Pulling too hard could damage the bamboo and puncture a hole in the fencing.
Continue rolling your bamboo fence and attaching it to your existing fence until you reach the end. Make sure that the bamboo reed fence is both secure and straight. When you come to the end of a roll, simply attach the next roll to the structure and continue down the fence. You do not need to attach each roll of bamboo reed fencing to the previous roll.
Tips and warnings
- Make sure to use a heavy, durable wire to attach your bamboo reed fence. Galvanised wire is strong and recommended for attaching bamboo fencing to your existing structure.
- Twist the wire secure on the side you want hidden, as this will leave a clean finish.
- Alternatively, if you have a flat surface to which you want to apply bamboo reed fencing, you could attach it using a staple gun.
- Be careful when you are threading the galvanised wire as it can have sharp ends.
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