We all love tools and gadgets – but have you got the right tools for your artificial grass installation?
We believe that before starting any installation project you should have all the tools and gadgets checked and ready to go.
The last thing you want to do is start working and find you have run out of glue. You then have to pop down to the local hardware store to buy some. Then after lunch you find your wheelbarrow has a puncture and you have to repair it. To give you some help in preparing your list of tools I have included the ones I use everyday when installing artificial grass. So before you start your installation check them out and make sure you are prepared.
1. Turf Cutter
An expensive tool to buy but one that can be hired for about £90 for the day from your local hire shop. It is used to remove the existing turf lawn.
2. Wacka Plate
Again an expensive tool to buy but can be hired for about £35 for the day. It is used in the preparation of the groundworks before laying the artificial grass.
3. Wheelbarrow and watering can
A wheelbarrow is something that I use a great deal of and saves my back from a lot of lifting. The main use is for mixing cement and for moving the aggregates around. Obviously the watering can is for adding water to the cement.
4. Stanley knife and hooked blades
For cutting the artificial grass to size a Stanley knife and hooked roofing blades are essential. Make sure you have plenty of blades because they are prone to breaking!
5. Long tape measure
Don’t be equipped with just a 3m measuring tape if you have a large lawn. A long flexible measuring tape is ideal, as it will prevent inaccuracies.
6. Glue gun
For just a few pounds a manual applicator glue gun is needed to apply the glue easily and accurately to the joining tape.
7. Joining/jointing tape glue
Applying a decent aqua bond glue to your joining/jointing tape will secure the two pieces of artificial grass together for years. The polyurethane glue I use is green in colour so you will not see any glue showing in the join. See how this is done.
8. Selection of hammers
I have a selection of hammers in my toolkit. A club hammer along with bolster chisel for tucking, a pick hammer for cleaning the edges of the mortar and a claw hammer for fixing the artificial grass.
9. Saw for cutting timbers
I use a 22” wood saw for cutting timbers. Looking at this picture I think I could do with a new one!
For the finishing touches to screed I use a float along with a piece of 2” x 3” timber to screed with.
11. A spirit level
A spirit level can come in very handy when putting in timbers or when installing a washing line as both need to be vertical.
4” nails are used for holding down the membrane and for nailing joins in place after they are stuck down. (The nails are only in place until the glue dries). ¾ inch galvanised nails are used for fixing the artificial grass to timbers.
I hope you found this article useful and will save you time when it comes to laying your own artificial grass lawn. Do you have any other tools you use and find helpful? Let us know in the comments below.
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