Deck Privacy Screen

By Robert Robillard on Design

How to Build A Cedar Privacy Screen

The Privacy Screen for this deck installation went well and the client was pleased with the finished product.



Installing The Deck Privacy Screen

We build our privacy panels in the shop and transported them to the jobsite.  See how we made these panels.

To install it we first had to deal with Mother Nature.  After 1 hour of shoveling 14″ of snow off the deck, pouring hot water and chopping an inch of ice we finally made it down to the decking.

First order of business was to establish a place to install the screen. We chose to locate the screen 4″ off the rear, copper coated, half wall. [photo below]

Floor Cleats and Brick Wall Provide Rigidity:

The floor cleats went in first, followed by the 2×4 wall supports.

The brick side wall support had to first mount onto 1″ spacer bocks that were secured to the brick wall. These 1″ shim spacers were secured with through bolt anchors [image below] drilled into the brick mortar joints.

The spacer blocks were needed because of the lower portion of the wall was built out with copper counter flashing.

Privacy Screen for Deck

The fence 2×4 support support went up easy, was secured with hidden stainless steel screws and allowed the first panel to slip right in.

Close up of the end panel final fitting. [click on photos to enlarge]

Bill is screwing in the last section of floor channel to the decking cleat.

Third panel installed no issues yet. Everything was level and plumb!

Close up of the floor cleat and floor channel with drain holes.

Final panel goes in without a hitch.

This picture shows all of the panels in and the top channel dry fitted. The final fitting will involve screwing this top channel to the underside of the top rail, with hidden stainless screws.

Top rail installed. We used crown staples, mostly on the back side, to secure the top channel to the lattice panels, and then secured the top rail to the wall and fence 2×4 supports, each with two long stainless steel screws.
A center support, not shown, was added in the lower middle panels to reduce sway in the middle panel section.
Final pictures.
A slight angle was cut on both sides of the top rail to help pitch water.
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Robert Robillard

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Rob Robillard is “The Concord Carpenter” Rob is a builder, general contractor, carpenter, woodworker, and editor of Concord Carpenter and ToolBoxBuzz As a General Contractor and carpenter, Rob owns and operates Concord Carpenter LLC. A full-service remodeling and construction company. Rob is a recognized leader in home building best practices and a source for how-to information for building professionals. On this website, Rob covers all aspects of home construction, building science, home improvement, woodworking, remodeling, and some of the best product and tool reviews. Rob is in charge of our Tool and Product Review series - Concord Carpenter Videos where we post all of our tool reviews and video tutorials. Rob approaches remodeling and building construction with a pragmatic and problem-solving approach. He enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help and educate building professionals as well as DIYers on best practices in the construction and remodeling industry. He's a strong advocate for "raising the bar" in the construction trades and promoting the trades to youth. #BeAMentor #Green2Great Craftsmanship, quality, and pride guide his journey on this channel The Concord Carpenter's motto: "Well done is better than well said!" : Read more about Rob

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