Rated 4.0 out of 5 by 4
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by arg64 an unorthodox use
This stuff is made for putting up interior walls the old fashioned way. I don't know why they talk about painting and staining when it's purpose is to be covered with plaster. And for that purpose, I suppose it is well suited, but I can't say, I never used it that way.
Instead, I used it outdoors to convert a 48" chain link fence into a low privacy screen. Since what I want to block out is actually down a small hill, even a 48" screen blocks it almost completely.
This particular chain link ( the cheaper stuff from HD ) has a wide enough weave to take these laths vertically, albeit with a good deal of forcing and some breakage. A tighter weave fence might take them diagonally.
This wood ( aspen I believe ) is actually pretty low grade stuff, and would probably fall apart in the elements pretty quickly if not bound up tight in all that wire. As it is, two years later it has aged to a nice shade of gray without breaking down at all.
The result is an ugly chain link dog fence converted into a pretty decent looking wood screen, much nicer and more natural looking than the plastic or aluminum privacy strips, and also much less expensive. You can fill the fence completely, or go every-other space for a more open look that approximates a picket fence if you squint. You could even stain it.
Don't underestimate the amount of work required here - this wood was never made for this and has to be forced. But do a section at a time, and when you're done you'll have the best looking chain link fence around.
( Don't look at the lawn, I was reseeding at the time. )
April 16, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by RoseyPosey Excellent Garden Stakes!
My husband and I use the lath strips as garden stakes! We use them for small plants such as chile plants of all kinds, tomatillos and even large tomato plants-both regular tomatoes and cherry tomatoes!
First, while the plants are small, we use a rubber mallet to hammer down 4 of the stakes into the garden soil, forming a square around each plant. Make sure to allow for enough foliage growth during the entire season. Also, be sure to hammer the stakes down evenly so that the tops of the stakes are nice and even, making for a well organized garden. Next, we take some of my old nylon/spandex hosiery and cut into 1" strips. We use these strips to tie the vines to the stakes as the plants are growing. The nylon/spandex ties are flexible so as not to cut into the tender vines, yet are strong and durable, lasting the whole season. The stakes are tall enough to allow for hardy plant growth all season so we tie the vines all the way up the stake.
Using the lath strips as garden stakes makes for a very sturdy, wind resistant and cost efficient, vegetable plant cage! Also, at the end of the gardening season, the stakes can be pulled out of the soil and reused for the next few seasons as well.
May 3, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Stan Poor representation of actual product
The value was great for this product based on the picture on the Home Depot website. However, when I got to the store the quality of wood was nowhere close to what was represented in the photo.
December 18, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by arg64 addendum to my previous review
I got a few more bundles of lath to finish off some parts of the fence that I had left open. The new stuff was too wide to fit, so I ripped it down 3 pieces at a time on the table saw, and it slid right in. That was actually a lot less work. This wood is very rough, it is not even cut to size, it is split.
An added benefit of doing this is that it rabbit-proofs the chain link.
April 18, 2013