Step 3: Connect the center stile, prime, and paint

Connect the center stile to the frame
Photo: Chip Henderson
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Connect the center stile to the frame with two 4-inch T-plates. Be sure the leg of the T-shaped plate is centered on the 1x4 stile. Once the frames are assembled, apply a coat of primer, followed by two coats of gloss enamel trim paint.
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    Tools List

    • 16-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • hammer
      Hammer
    • drill
      Drill/driver
    • flat prybar
      Pry bar, used to remove old wood lattice, and to install new lattice panels
    • circular saw
      Circular saw or sabre saw, used to cut lumber and lattice panels
    • hand hoe
      Rake or garden hoe, used to level soil directly under lattice panels

    Shopping List

    1. VINYL LATTICE

    2. PRESSURE-TREATED 1x6s

    for making the perimeter frames of lattice panels



    3. PRESSURE-TREATED 1x4s

    for making the perimeter frames of lattice panels



    4. 6-INCH METAL MENDING PLATE

    for reinforcing the frames’ corner joints



    5. 3½-INCH METAL CORNER BRACE

    for reinforcing the frames’ corner joints



    6. 4-INCH METAL T-PLATE

    for attaching the center stiles to the frames



    7. ½-INCH FLATHEAD SCREWS

    used to attach the metal fastening hardware



    8. EXTERIOR-GRADE PRIMER AND PAINT

    for finishing the lattice frames



    9. 1-INCH PANHEAD SCREWS AND WASHERS

    used to attach the lattice to the frames



    10. 3- OR 4-INCH STRAP HINGES OR T-HINGES

    for fastening the lattice panels to the porch