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Screen to hide a hot water system

Trusted Contributor
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Pre-made screens can be used to quickly and easily hide unsightly items like hot water systems in your backyard for a low cost. 





The project


This is a quick job to tick off on a weekend - installing screening with a creeping plant to hide hot water systems. Nothing fancy, nice and easy - does the job!


The pre-made panels used in this project are Lattice Makers 1800 x 900mm Herringbone Hardwood Screen Panel.


They are fixed it to the wall with three heavy duty angle brackets and some Ramset anchors.


I planed a Climbing Ficus. They're a fast growing climber which I've used before and been happy with. They're quite aggressive so can cause some mischief if they start growing on brittle/dislodgeable things. I'll make sure they don't creep onto my brickwork.


Growth after 8 monthsGrowth after 8 months

Before and after






Bunnings Workshop member andarm advices anyone screening a heat pump or the external unit of an air conditioner to make sure they do not restrict the air flow to or from from the unit. Air flow restriction will impact the unit's efficiency.


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Junior Contributor

Great idea and look Pete.

I think I might do the same thing but with a trellis so I can grow some climbers.

thanks for sharing 

Bunnings Team Member
Bunnings Team Member

Hi @jennih


Let me tag @ProjectPete to make him aware of your kind words. I think your idea of growing climbers is fantastic. If you are using a garden trellis, I suggest painting or oiling it so that it will last longer when exposed to the weather.


If you have any questions about this project we can help with, please let us know.




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