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Any of the three ways will work as long as you do them right. Those 3/4" poultry staples are big enough if you can get them in and the wood you put them in doesn't split. I use the 3/4" poultry staples for wire onto fence posts or somewhere the wood is really strong. I don't try driving them if the wood can vibrate when I hit it. That just does not work out. I would not use anything smaller than the 3/4" staples.

The big warning against staples is against the types or size you would use in an office. If you have a construction type staple gun and can secure the fence with big enough staples, that could work. It depends on what tools you have to work with. Different people mean different things when they talk about staples.

The screw and washer method works too. The washer needs to be big enough so the hardware cloth con't be pulled over the washer. I usually use 1" hardware cloth, not 1/2", so required washer size and expense would be different for me.

I mostly use furring strips, usually ripping a 2x4 to make my own, maybe 1/2" thick. I drill a pilot hole so I don't split the furring strip and screw them on, with the screw usually going into a hole in the hardware cloth. The screw is easy to remove if you want to for some reason, but as long as you don't split the furring strip, a nail would work. I find the screws easier to install that driving nails with a hammer. A nail gun would be pretty easy as long as you don't split the furring strip.

I don't know the minimum size staples that would work with the furring strip. I'm sure you could get a staple gun that would fire staples big enough to work. What you are probably worrying about ripping it off are raccoons, coyotes, and big dogs. You'll just have to use your own judgment as to whether the staples you have are big enough to hold it securely. What is overkill just depends on your judgement. I find the furring strips pretty easy and inexpensive to install using screws, really secure, and I don't snag my clothing and skin on the ends of the wire.

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Freedom is not the right to do what we want, but what we ought....Abraham Lincoln (Freedom carries responsibility)

The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure that it is right.....Judge Learned Hand  (The more sure your are that your way is the only right way, the more likely you are wrong.)

 

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