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June 29, 2014 10:25 AM Subscribe
I'm looking to turn a chainlink fence, together with lines up to my roof, into a semipermanent trellis. What material should I use to build it?
posted by jackbishop to Home & Garden (6 answers total)
As an amateur gardener and homebrewer, I'm growing hops along my fenceline, mostly out of curiosity but with an intent to continue as long as they produce. But hiops, I'm given to understand, want a long ways to climb --- higher than my 4.5-or-so-foot fence, needless to say. But this fence is very nearly directly under my roof's overhang, and there's some hardware up there that I could wrap something around, so here's my idea for extending this short fence into a trellislike thing: take some manner of twine/rope/wire/cable and run it back and forth looped between the top of the fence and various roof-mounted hardware near that side of the house.
The big question I have is: what kind of ropelike thing should I use? I'd like something which can stand weathering (heat, cold, rain, sun, etc.). I worry about rotting in natural fibers and evidently a lot of synthetics degrade in the sun. Would some manner of metallic wire be best? And is there anything else I should be considering about my plan? I'm quite confident the top-of-house mounts are secure, which seems like the biggest concern, but if there's a smarter way to do this, I'm all ears.