01:16PM | 06/23/99
I've planted an Herb Garden near my back door. Now, I'd like to mask off nearby trash cans. I don't want to use commercialy made trash can enclosures. Most do not provide adequeate ventilation. My thinking is that an enclosure made of pvc lattice panals would do the trick. Plus, it would provide a place for climbing plants. The area I'd like to enclose is 54" X 32" X 4Ft. (2 Trash cans on patio blocks).

While I have done interior house painting and wallpapering I have never done any carpentry or woodworking. I haven't a clue where to begin other than the lattice panals. A good plan would truly help. Most I have found involve trash can enclosures attached to wood plank fences. This would be a free-standing structure. I don't need a top/lid but maybe a door/gate to allow easy access by trash collectors would work.

I'd appreciate it if you can point me in the direction of some simple plans or give me some helpful building tips.


05:16PM | 08/22/00
Member Since: 07/31/00
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Simpson's strong ties has some plans that you may be able to adapt to suit your needs. You can purchase them from Home Depot -- though other dealers/distributors may exist. No miter cuts, just make the cuts in the wood (2x4 or 2x2) and connect them with the strong ties -- metal brackets that look rather nice when they're all together. Make sure you use the Simpson's screws. Other wood screws and deck screws don't seem to get the bite needed. Also, if you use lattice, make sure you put a bit of molding over the top end so that they don't where out from water damage sooner than you'd like. Also, make sure you attach the lattice all around -- stapling works well -- to keep it well attached to the frame. -- check under do-it-yourselfer/homeowner.
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