How To Install Rolled Bamboo As A Privacy Screen Or Decorative Cover For A Chain Link Fence

Posted on: 28 July 2015

If you are looking to add some privacy or decor to a chain link fence, then one of simplest and most-attractive options available is using rolled bamboo. It is affordable and easy to install and requires only a few basic tools and materials. Below is more information on rolled bamboo and how you can use it to cover your chain link fence:

Covering a chain link fence with rolled bamboo - an introduction

Rolled bamboo consists of bamboo stalks joined together side-by-side with galvanized wire. Most rolled bamboo is joined with three separate strands of wire to provide maximum support and durability. Depending on your preference, rolled bamboo can be purchased in various height and roll lengths. For example, a 4-foot high roll sold in 8-foot lengths is a common choice for use on chain link fences.

Installation isn't difficult, but having assistance will make the process smoother. In addition, you will need to treat the finished bamboo cover to preserve it from termite and other wood-eating insect damage. Otherwise, your fence cover will have a life expectancy of only a couple of years.

Covering a chain link fence with rolled bamboo - tools and materials needed

  • Rolled bamboo

  • Measuring tape

  • Cable ties

  • Needle-nose pliers

  • Wire snips or sharp scissors

  • Chemical sprayer

  • Boric acid-based pest control agent

  • Rubber gloves

  • Face mask

Covering a chain link fence with rolled bamboo - step-by-step procedure

1. Prepare the chain link fence for installation - before installing the rolled bamboo, you need to be sure your fence is ready. Replace any missing ties holding the fence fabric to the top rail, and tighten any loose-fitting ties. If you have any wobbly or uneven posts, they should be straightened or reinforced before proceeding. The fence should be strong and secure so it can hold the weight of the bamboo. In addition, be sure to cut grass and weeds that might be growing beneath or adjacent to the fence. If necessary, use a broad-spectrum herbicide to kill and prevent regrowth of plants along the fence line.

2. Install the rolled bamboo - after preparing the fence, place the fence roll next to the fence in a  vertical position. Ask your helper to hold the roll securely, and start unrolling the bamboo slowly along the fence. Keep the bottom of the bamboo roll about 1 or 2 inches from the surface of the ground.

Every two feet along the length of the bamboo roll, place a cable tie around each wire between two pieces of bamboo, pull one end of the tie through the chain link fence, wrap it back around and secure it to the other end of the cable tie. A pair of needle-nose pliers can help you pull the ties tight through narrow gaps between bamboo stalks. Cut off any cable tie "tails" with a pair of wire snips or scissors.

Continue to unroll the bamboo and tie it to the fence every two feet. When you reach the end of a roll, ask your helper to stand next to the end of where you left off, and begin unrolling and tying the second roll and subsequent rolls.

3. Preserve the bamboo roll from insect damage - as mentioned, untreated bamboo is vulnerable to attack from wood-eating bugs. Fortunately, you can preserve the bamboo yourself with a solution of boric acid. These solutions, sometimes known as borates, will kill termites and other insects. However, since boric acid can cause some negative health effects in humans, especially when persons are exposed to large amounts, be sure to wear rubber gloves and a face mask while spraying. Thoroughly wash your hands after using and safely dispose of empty containers in your garbage.

To treat the bamboo, fill a chemical sprayer with the borate solution plus an amount of water, if concentrated, as directed by the manufacturer's instructions. Apply the spray liberally to the bamboo, especially toward the ground end and on both sides of the bamboo. Allow it to dry, and your bamboo should be preserved for many years.

If you want to replace your fence, rather than modify it click here for more information. 

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