View Full Version : Wooden Walls Outside?

08-02-2006, 03:14 PM
Hey guys Have you ever built wooden walls, or a maze outside? If so, how did you secure it, I usually just do the black plastic, but you can't do much with it

08-02-2006, 05:01 PM
We are using the black plastic and camo netting then we cut limbs from slash pines and dig holes in front of the plastic and put the limbs into the hole so that it looks like a small dead tree. We are going to put cob webs in some and crows in others. It's just to keep people away way from the walls and to make it look like the forest is alot thicker.

Frighteners Entertainment
08-02-2006, 05:40 PM
I use 2x4's and plywood...

08-04-2006, 03:03 PM
How do you secure the 2x4's? make an 'A" frame and weight it w/ sand bags?

08-15-2006, 08:32 PM
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Jim Warfield
08-15-2006, 10:50 PM
Be sure and anticipate the extremes of nature that those walls may have to stand up against. I'm referring to wind, mostly, you wouldn't want people becoming human sandwhich meat between the panels!
As a number of feet walk over grass the grass disappears, rain makes it mud, messy, slippery going then. Wood chips, gravel will be needed then.
make sure there are no buried electrical or gas or phone lines where your outdoor maze is to be placed , then wooden stakes can be driven into the earth with big hammers , then the wooden panels screwed to these stakes to make everything stronger.
Alternate method: Drill holes down through the bottom 2 by 4 plate, then drive re-bar pieces down through it into the earth. This hides the stake, unlike the wooden stake method and eliminates something that could potentially catch on someone's ankle as they walk by it.

08-20-2006, 06:54 AM
Thanks for the tips guys! wow, Jim was actually serious :D

08-20-2006, 03:21 PM
heh, go Jim! Good point though about having to account for things like weather...and human sandwhich meat. One year my friends and I were building a haunted house out of press board panels and 2 X 2's. After building a good portion of it we got to building this long hallway...and it was kind of freestanding since the maze wasnt built up to it yet to give it added support and integrity. It was a windy day and all of a sudden the walls started to lean and fall. We were able to dive out...barely though haha. It was a drag though cuz we had to rebuild it all.

Jim Warfield
08-20-2006, 06:12 PM
When I was in the JCs we put up a sign painted on wood to advertise the haunt and point to it's location. The weather changed and blew the sign ontop of a woman's new car parked next to it.
(It was a pretty blue 69 Chevelle 396 convertible, I'd like to have that car now!)

08-20-2006, 07:25 PM
aww did you have to pay for any damage?

08-21-2006, 04:47 PM
I have started to put up the town of "Old Mill", this part of the trail has wood walls. Here are some photos, maybe this will help.

Start at the bottom and work your way up, as I post the links in the wrong order.

Jim Warfield
08-21-2006, 06:09 PM
"Damages" ? I think the insurance paid . There were some scratches.

08-24-2006, 09:49 AM
I know last year the wind got ahold of my grave yard fencing that was all tied together. It was a very frustrating task getting it all back standing. I needed those rain delay baseball guys to come help me. :lol:

09-20-2006, 08:05 PM
try bracing your walls with 2x4's ontop of the wall. this avoids tripping and when you secure a few together they are pretty sturdy. also you can drive a stake about 6 ft away and attach a 2x4 to the top of your wall and the other end to the stake for added support. i have personally done this and it works well.

Jim Warfield
09-20-2006, 10:33 PM
A one by 3 or 4 will be just as strong as a 2 by 4 in this application, the main difference is if the 2 by 4 falls and hits your head it will hurt alot more than a 1 by 3 (or 4)
I know alot of people brace with the thinner board.

09-22-2006, 10:12 AM

i know it's inside, but if your building a big one outside, here is how we brace the tops with 2x4's. This is an overhead shot of part of one of our 8 houses last year.

09-22-2006, 10:14 AM
1x3 also snap alot easier. also and if you brace well enough and actually use screws to do so . you seriously minimize the chance of structural failure by using the larger piece of lumber. 1 x 3 work dont get me wrong . they just arent as sturdy as a 2x4. use what you like and what your budget allows.

09-22-2006, 07:27 PM
I use 2x3x8, a little less money but still strong.

09-24-2006, 05:21 PM
I almost always use "rough" 2x4s.

They're usually cheaper than 1xs.

09-25-2006, 04:59 PM
Hey Gadget evilusions, did you secure those panels to the floor too? If so, did you just use screws?