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tripled 08-12-2011 03:38 AM

Attaching Willow Screen to brick wall
Hi All,

We have a brick wall at the bottom of our garden, and wanted to basically make it higher.
The brick wall is okay, but it's not in great shape so I can't attach fence posts to the wall and put panels up, so I went for the next idea to add a bit more height, without adding much weight and giving it a kite effect with fence panels, that's to buy some 2m tall willow screening.

The screening is covering around 8.5m of wall.

So I've done some research and searched google, but it's a little ropey on the best way to attach willow screening to a brick wall.
Some say drill the wall, put in a raw plug, then use a screw and decent size washer to clamp it to the wall.
Others say you need to batten the wall, and fix with fence line wire.

My idea was to batten the wall every approx 1.5 metres, then fix the willow screening using fence post staples on the wire that joins that holds the screening together.

Is my way okay? or what is the best way to fix it? With the screw and washer idea I don't really want silver washers in view, so I guess these need to the primed and painted to hide them?

Any advice is gratefully received.

oh'mike 08-12-2011 05:42 AM

this willow screen---How high above the wall does it extend?

I think you are on the right track with the battens---using screws and anchors.

tripled 08-12-2011 06:01 AM

Not loads, maybe 50cms max.

I'm thinking that a batten would be better as it leaves a gap between the wall and the screen. Attaching directly to wall might not make it last as long as water may get caught up.

Just don't know whether the fence post staples are a good idea, and you wouldn't really see them. Or primed and painted washers to clamp them are better?!

oh'mike 08-12-2011 06:11 AM

It will depend on how secure the battens are---The screws will not shake the battens while attaching the screen----pounding in staples might knock the battens loose.

Screws will make it easier to remove the screen when the time comes,also.--Mike---

oh'mike 08-12-2011 06:12 AM

Just curious---Where are you located?

tripled 08-12-2011 06:46 AM

Thanks for the advice Mike,

The battens would be quite well secured to the wall, but I understand that screws would allow you to easily take it down again if you need to replace rotten battens, or replace the screen years down the line, which is probably a better idea.

Just need to find some dark brown screws and washers, or get the spray cans out! :)

I'm in Suffolk, United Kingdom.

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