For our Giant bamboo fences, we recommend installing a bamboo fence with brackets. Bamboo Fences Giant are beautiful and sturdy, and because of their weight, they require professional installation. Since bamboo posts are round, we have developed a special stainless steel bracket that allows you to easily install a Bamboo Fence Giant.
To calculate how many hardwood posts and Giant screens will fit on one side and how much remaining space, if any, it is best to make a simple sketch.
You always start and end with a 70 x 70 mm hardwood post. Between two posts, place a 90 or 180 cm wide Giant bamboo screen. Attach the bamboo screens to the hardwood posts using the stainless steel brackets designed specifically for these screens. Note that there is a 5 mm gap between the hardwood post and the screen.
The calculation then looks like this:
- You start with a hardwood post: 7 cm.
- Then you get the distance between the hardwood post and the Giant screen: 0.5 cm
- The giant screen of 90 or 180 cm (in this example we choose the 180 cm version): 180 cm
- Then you get again the distance between the hardwood post and the giant screen: 0.5 cm
- And at the end you have another hardwood pole: 7 cm
- Then you have a total width of: 195 cm
If you put 1 bamboo fence between 2 wooden posts, you need 195 cm space. For each additional fence you can repeat steps 2 to 5, so you need to calculate 195 cm for the first fence and 188 cm for each additional fence including an additional hardwood post.
To calculate how many fences you need, subtract 195 cm from the total length. Then divide the remainder by 188 cm. Round up the result and add the first fence to find out how many fences you need in total. The number of hardwood posts you need is equal to the number of fences +1.
For example, if you need to span 10 yards, the calculation is as follows:
10,00 - 1,95 = 8,05.
8.05 / 1.88 = 4.28 rounded up, which is 4.5 fences.
In this case you need 1 + 4 = 5 fences of 180 cm width and 1 fence of 90 cm width.
For the 6 fences you will need 7 garden stakes (number of fences +1) and 6 stainless steel fixing sets (1 x per fence).
Installation of the bamboo fence in 4 steps
Step 1: Prepare the site
Make sure the area where you plan to place the fence is clear and level. Start by setting up the first and last hardwood posts. Draw a (rope) line between these posts where you want the fence to go. Then measure where you want all the hardwood posts in between to go. Dig the holes for these posts in advance with a soil auger so you know if you can place all the posts where you want them.
Step 2: Insert the hardwood posts
The stability of the fence depends on the stability of the hardwood posts. So, make sure that these posts are placed properly and firmly. Also, it is important that you work very carefully and accurately. Measure the distance between the posts as accurately as possible and make sure that the posts are straight and level.
You may want to attach the first post to the wall of your house. You can attach it with connecting staples, but it is much sturdier to drill through the entire post at three points and attach it to the wall with dowels and screws or bolts.
Make sure that about 1/3 of the post length is in the ground. So if the fence is 180 cm high, you will need 270 cm long hardwood posts.
If the soil in your garden is sand, peat or soft clay, set the posts in concrete. For other types of soil, it is sufficient to tamp the soil firmly around the post. If the soil is very dry, moisten it well beforehand.
Make sure that the garden posts are always slightly (about 5 cm) higher than the height of the fence. This way you can place the fence a few inches above the ground. This will prevent the bamboo posts from rotting at the bottom because they are in a pool of water or in direct contact with the ground. Another way to extend the life of your fence is to place it on a concrete strip or tiles.
CAUTION: Measure in advance where ALL hardwood posts are to be placed, and also dig all post holes, but DO NOT set the posts yet! Always place a bamboo garden umbrella between two posts immediately so you know if the umbrella will fit properly. Only after the first garden umbrella is installed between the first two garden posts, set the third hardwood garden post. Then mount the second bamboo umbrella between the second and third garden posts. And so on.
Stap 3: Attach the Giant fence with the Stainless steel mounting kit
A Bamboo Fence Giant has a top and a bottom. On the top, the bamboo posts are naturally closed by dividers. Be sure to put the closed side up, otherwise rainwater and dirt can stay in the bamboo posts.
First, drill the holes in the first hardwood post using the 8mm drill bit included in the stainless steel installation kit. To determine where to drill the holes, measure the distance between the top of the Giant Screen and the top and bottom horizontal posts. This distance varies for the different heights that Giant fences are available in. Be sure to drill a hole in the hardwood post so that the stainless steel bracket sits just below the top and bottom horizontal ground spike.
Attach the brackets to the top and bottom of the hardwood post with the M8 bolt and nut. Drill a hole in the outer bamboo pole just below the top and bottom horizontal spike. Make sure you drill straight or the screw will not fit through the bracket. Now you are ready to install the first bamboo fence to the first hardwood post.
Make sure you place the fence slightly above the ground. Temporarily support the bottom of the fence with a brick or wooden beam. Install the brackets at the same height on the second hardwood post and hang the fence between the two posts. The first fence is now hanging.
Repeat the same technique for the remaining fences.
Is your final bamboo privacy fence a little too wide? No problem, our Bamboo Fences Giant are easy to shorten.
Step 4: Half-round bamboo posts to finish it off!
To complete your bamboo fence, you can replace the hardwood posts with half-round bamboo posts to create a continuous whole. First, predrill the bamboo and hardwood posts in half using the 4 mm bamboo drill bit, and then attach the bamboo posts to the hardwood posts with 4 x 60 mm stainless steel screws. Be careful not to over tighten the screws or the bamboo may splinter.