One of the first things you see when you pull up to our house is the pool filter… not exactly welcoming! We placed it with plans to one day build a garage/ pool house, but now after needing funds for our investment houses and getting laid off, that plan is on hold. So, I knew I needed to do something with that pool filter. I shopped all of the pre-made enclosures and screens, but I easily could have spent $150 just to shield off two sides. So for less than $40 (woo hoo!) I was able to block off 3 sides! It was a quick fun project that is functional and impactful. And the kids helped… bonus!
This enclosures measures 70″ across the front, 6′ on the sides, and is 52″ tall. I used cedar fence pickets, which are 5 1/2 inches wide. They are super cheap but also imperfect. There are slight variations in width and some of the boards cup a bit. If you’re looking for perfection, buy 1x6s. I used pickets, because perfection just wasn’t important on this project (it rarely is to me!) and it helped the wallet!
2 2x4s @ 10′
21 cedar fence pickets – each is about $1.50
2″ deck screws
- I cut the dog ears off of the pickets, leaving each picket at 70″. I cut each 2×4 into 2 pieces at 52″ for the posts.
- I laid my 2x4s down and started with the top picket, overhanging the ends of the picket over the 2×4 by 5/8″ on each side. To easily measure this, I used a scrap dog ear end I had cut. Check for square, and screw in using the deck screws.
- I then moved down to the next picket, leaving a 1″ gap. This part moved very quickly, and before I knew it, my front panel was done.
- For this next part, it’s way easier if you have a helper, preferably one older than 7 years old. But I’m stubborn, it was right before the tax deadline when hubby was no where to be found, and I insisted on getting this done myself. Here’s how I did it:
- I flipped the front panel bottoms up, and laid down my top side picket on the ground. I butted the end of the picket with the end of the top front picket, squared it up and screwed it in to the side of the front post.
- Next, I stood up my next 2×4 post at the end of the side picket I just screwed in. The picket should be flush to the sides and top of the 2×4. I checked for square and screwed it in.
- At this point, the panels will stand on their own. I used clamps to hold up each picket and screw in until I’d finished the side.
- I then completed the 2nd side panel as I did the 1st.
- I gave the whole piece a quick sand just to help with the paint application.
After 2 quick coats of paint, I moved it into position. Ahhhh… now I’m just waiting for my flowers to grow!