*This post is sponsored by Simpson Strong-Tie.
Looking to hide that unsightly but ever necessary air conditioning unit but building a fence seems kind of intimidating? Believe me I had those same feelings especially because our AC unit is located on sloped ground and the thought of building a fence screen on sloped ground made me put it off. I have a solution for you that you can do yourself.
A DIY tutorial to build an AC screen fence panel using Simpson Strong-Tie EZ spikes. Hide that unsightly AC unit with a louvered screen.
This air conditioning screen is definitely DIY friendly, can be modified to fit your space, and allows for plenty of service access and air flow. I’m kicking myself for not building this screen sooner! Just look at this mechanical eyesore before:
That view above is from our main entry point and everyone who comes to the door got a nice peek at that AC unit. I wanted to hide the unit but still maintain functionality and this DIY AC screen serves that purpose. See the process in action in the video here:
A bit of muscle power and a simple build makes this AC screen an easy weekend project. This makes a great cover for an AC unit or generator, you could even add an additional panel on the side to create an L shape for more coverage.
I teamed up with Simpson Strong-Tie for this project and used their EZ Spikes to install the fence posts. The spikes are used with 4×4 wood posts and are quick to install without pouring concrete. They are made from 12 gauge steel and have a beautiful black powder coat finish. You could also use this spike for a mailbox post.
- 1 – 4x4x8 pressure treated post
- 7 – 1x4x8 cedar boards
- 2 – Simpson Strong-Tie E-Z spikes
- 8 – 1 ½” Simpson Strong-Tie strong drive heavy duty exterior connectors
- 2 – copper post caps
- 1 ¼” exterior pocket hole screws
- 2” exterior wood screws
For the complete step by step tutorial including cut list and instructions head over to Building Strong at Simpson Strong-Tie here.