How to Build Privacy Screens for Rubbish Bins

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How to Build Privacy Screens for Rubbish Bins
Hide your ugly rubbish bin behind a lattice privacy fence. (dustbin image by Nino Pavisic from Fotolia.com)

Let's face it, rubbish bins are an ugly essential; you don't want them in the front yard, you don't want them in the backyard, but you need them all the same. The easiest way to get rid of the rubbish-bin eye sore is to give your bins their own little privacy fence. A lattice screen for the rubbish bins is easily constructed and can be attached either partially to the house or suspended between posts. You can also grow your favourite creeping greenery up the lattice to complete the disguise.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • Timber, 2-inch by 1-inch
  • Saw
  • Lattice
  • Timber, 4-inch by 4-inch
  • Hammer
  • Finishing nails
  • Post hole digger
  • Quick-set concrete
  • Level
  • Helper
  • Drill
  • Deck screws, 3-inch

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Measure the area where you want to set up the rubbish-bin privacy screen. You will need to determine the height of the screen and the width it needs to be, as well as the placement of the posts. If you are setting up the screen next to your house, then you'll need one post. If you are going to suspend the screen in a corner of the yard, then you will need two. For example purposes, this article will discuss constructing a single-post screen that measures 36 inches by 48 inches.

  2. 2

    Cut the 4-inch by 4-inch timber to 84 inches for the post. Dig a 24-inch-deep and 12-inch-wide hole where the post needs to go.

  3. 3

    Mix the quickset concrete according to the manufacturer's instructions. Place the post into the hole, ensuring that a flat face, not a corner, is facing in the direction of the house. Pour in the concrete three-quarters of the way to the top of the hole. Use a level to ensure the post is truly vertical, and then hold it in position for 10 minutes while the concrete sets. Leave it for an additional five hours to cure.

  4. 4

    Remeasure the distance from the house to the post to get an exact length. Cut four pieces of the 2-inch by 1-inch lumber to 48-inch supports. Cut the lattice to measure 36 inches by 48 inches. Lay the lattice flat on the work surface and place two of the supports flush against each 48-inch edge of the lattice. Nail these to the lattice with finishing nails, one every 4 inches.

  5. 5

    Turn the lattice over and repeat Step 4 with the remaining supports, making sure that the nail placement is staggered along the length.

  6. 6

    Position the lattice screen between the house and the post; it should be a very snug fit. Have your helper hold the lattice screen so that it is roughly 6 inches from the top of the post and 6 inches from the ground.

  7. 7

    Screw the screen to the side of the house through the supports, then to the post through the supports. Use a screw every 6 inches, staggering the placement on either side to maximise hold. Your rubbish-bin privacy screen is now ready.

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