Introduction

The L-shaped screen is designed to accommodate two standard size wheeled trash cans. The screen is 60" wide, 36" deep and 48" tall. 

Step 1

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Dig Post Holes

Dig three holes with a post hole digger; each hole should be 12" deep. Use measuring tape to ensure the proper post location. 

Step 2

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Measure and Mark Posts

Mark three 4x4 posts at 60" long with measuring tape and pencil.

Step 3

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Cut Posts

Cut posts using a chop saw.

Step 4

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Measure and Mark Boards

Mark the 1x4 boards with measuring tape and speed square. The front of the screen requires a 60" board, while the side requires a 36" board.

Step 5

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Cut Boards

Using a chop saw, cut the 1x4 boards to the correct dimensions for both the front and side of the screen. Repeat process to make several boards.

Step 6

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Mix Concrete

Mix water and quick-set concrete mix together in a bucket or on a scrap wood piece. Mix it using a shovel until you get a thick consistency. 

Step 7

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Set Posts in Concrete

Once the holes are dug, set the posts in position (cut side down), and add the concrete mixture around the post with a shovel. Make sure the posts are level and plumb.

Step 8

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Add Temporary Bracing

Temporarily secure posts with 1x4 boards across the top and bottom with a drill and screws until the concrete sets. 

Step 9

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Remove Bracing

Once the concrete is set, remove the bracing boards. 

Step 10

Attach Slats

Starting at the bottom, begin attaching the 1x4 slats to the front of the screen using 2" decking screws. Keep in mind, you may need to scribe or customize the bottom side of the first board to fit with the slope of the lot. Make sure the top of the first board is level before attaching to the posts. Repeat to install side slats. Tip: Use a decking screw between the boards to get a uniform gap.

Step 11

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Cut Top Rail

Cut a 2x6 board to cap off the screen. To create clean corners, make a miter cut with a chop saw.

Step 12

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Secure Top Rail

Secure the 2x6 top rails with a drill and decking screws. 

Step 13

Paint Screen

Paint between the 1x4 slats with a paintbrush first, then use a paint roller to finish the job. Be sure to use an exterior paint and primer in one product as the pressure-treated wood will soak up the paint fast. Note: If staining, be sure to add a coat of polyurethane.