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How to Attach Wire Mesh to Block Walls

Wire mesh attached to block walls creates a surface climbing plants such as passion flower vines, clematis and trumpet vines can scramble up to grow and flower as nature intended. The vines decorate the wall and create a surface that is visually appealing. The process to attach wire mesh to a block wall is daunting for many but is not as difficult as it looks. Any homeowner is capable of attaching wire mesh to a block wall with the right tools.


Measure and cut the wire mesh to the desired dimension. Wire mesh is available i 28- to 36-inch widths with roll measurements from 50 to 100 feet. The size of the wire mesh depends on the dimensions of the stone block and the desired coverage.


Hold the wire mesh in the desired position. Draw around the outside edge of the wire mesh with plumber's chalk. Remove the mesh.


Measure, mark and draw a second line 2 inches in from the line drawn in Step 2.


Put on the safety glasses.


Drill a 1 1/2-inch deep hole every 4 to 6 inches along the line drawn in Step 3 with a hammer drill.


Position and hold the wire mesh inside the line drawn in Step 2. Look at the holes drilled in Step 4. Slide the wire mesh slightly so the holes of the mesh do not cover the drilled holes.


Slide a fender washer on the end of a 1 1/4-inch long concrete screw. Insert the tip of the screw in the center top hole.


Secure the concrete screw into the wall, with a drill and appropriate drill bit, so the fender washer is flush with the wire mesh. Note - Concrete screws are available with different heads. Make sure to have the appropriate bit for the drill prior to starting the project.


Slide a fender washer over each concrete screw as needed. Secure the concrete screws in the wall so each fender washer is flush with the wire mesh.