Adding wire mesh to your existing wood fence is a great way to increase privacy, security, and wind protection. Attaching a mesh barrier provides an extra durable layer while still allowing airflow. It can also help deter pets or small animals from digging and passing through gaps in the fence boards. Wire mesh is affordable and comes in convenient rolls that can be cut to size. With some basic DIY skills and tools, you can attach wire mesh fencing to your wood fence in just an afternoon.
Installing wire mesh on a wood fence may seem intimidating at first, but it can easily be done as a do-it-yourself project with minimal time and effort. In this step-by-step guide, we’ll walk through the complete process of attaching wire mesh to an existing wood fence using staples, screws, and simple installation techniques. We’ll cover measuring and cutting the mesh, affixing it securely to the fence, bending any excess at the bottom, and sealing up sharp edges. Follow these tips and you’ll have durable, long-lasting wire mesh on your wood fence.
Gather Your Materials
The first step is making sure you have all the necessary materials on hand before starting the project:
- Wire mesh fencing roll – Gauge and size depend on your needs
- Heavy-duty staple gun and staples
- Drill with assorted drill bits
- Wood screws
- Eye and ear protection
- Work gloves
You’ll also need basic safety gear like glasses and gloves when working with the staple gun and wire mesh.
Measure and Cut the Wire Mesh
After gathering your supplies, carefully measure the length of each fence section you want to cover with wire mesh. Be sure to leave a few extra inches on each end to secure the mesh. Use tin snips to cut the mesh fencing to size. Wear protective gloves when handling the cut edges of the wire as they can be sharp.
Affix the Mesh to the Wood Fence
With your wire mesh cut to size, you can now attach it to the wood fence. Start by holding the mesh firmly against the fence where you want it positioned. Use a staple gun with heavy-duty staples to temporarily tack it in place on one end and in the middle. This will help keep the mesh from sliding around while you work.
Next, go back and staple about every 6 inches across the top edge and down both sides. This secures the mesh tightly across the length of the fence. You can then go back and add staples every foot or so across the entire piece of mesh fencing. Add extra staples in any loose areas.
Attach Wire Mesh to Wood Fence Posts
For added security, use wood screws to attach the wire mesh firmly to the wooden fence posts. Drill pilot holes through the mesh into the posts to prevent splitting. Place screws every 6-12 inches down the posts and on both ends of the mesh piece.
If desired, you can also use wire or metal flashing to wrap and secure the edges of the mesh around the fence posts for a cleaner finished look.
Bend Excess Mesh at the Bottom
At the bottom of the fence, bend any excess wire mesh back onto itself to create a tighter edge. Hammer this folded edge down flat against the wood fence. Use the staple gun to tack this folded mesh edge in place about every 6 inches.
This covers up any sharp wire edges and creates a straight finished look along the bottom of the mesh piece.
Seal and Protect Exposed Metal
Once fully secured, go back and seal any exposed metal areas with exterior grade caulk or silicone sealant. Pay special attention to stapled edges and spots where the mesh meets fence posts.
Sealing the metal will help prevent rusting and deterioration over time from exposure to rain, sprinklers, etc.
That covers the key steps for securely attaching wire mesh fencing to an existing wood fence in your yard. Just follow these basic DIY instructions and you can quickly add this extra layer of protection and security. Let me know if you have any other questions!
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