07:32PM | 08/08/05
Member Since: 08/07/05
2 lifetime posts
I have a Yorkie puppy who insists on charging right through my screen on my screen porch! ( We have a deck with half of it screened in)I want to add lattice paneling to the lower half of the screen, to prevent my dog from distroying it again! I have no idea how or where to begin on this project! Any suggestions or comments would be greatly appreciated! Thanks, mxmom452


08:39AM | 08/12/05
Member Since: 06/20/05
53 lifetime posts
Should be pretty straightforward. I assume you want to keep the screen in there for bug control. Lattice comes in 4x8 sheets. There are different hole sizes and patterns, as well as different materials.

I think screens are usually stapled to the outside of the porch with narrow wooden strips covering them, although I think there's a newer system that's alot like the way you make regular window screens. That is, a metal frame (that's attached to the framing members) and you use one of those little tools with the wheels at the end to put the screen in.

Regardless, I'd think it would just be a matter of putting in pieces of wood to act as a cleat and then attaching the lattice to it. You need to be careful because if there's too much span the lattice will be flimsy. You may have to add pieces of wood to the lattice to stiffen it.

The only hitch I can think of is if you want to finish the lattice somehow (paint or stain). It'll be close to the screen, so you will have a hard time finishing it without clogging up all the holes in the screen, and obviously you can't do the outside at all once it's installed. You might want to consider either getting plastic lattice (no painting required) or making the lattice removable (like window screens).


07:57PM | 08/15/05
Member Since: 08/07/05
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Thanks for the response and advice! I think I am going to use the non-wood version of lattice!Hopefully it won't be too challenging! Thanks again!
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