1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

Another question on attaching hardware cloth

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by JML72, Apr 7, 2012.

  1. JML72

    JML72 Out Of The Brooder

    83
    6
    43
    Mar 31, 2012
    Still trying to figure this all out - some advice is appreciated (I think I'm WAY over-thinking all this). I've done searches on here and found many different approached, so I just want to make sure I understand. I'm building a run that will be full enclosed with 1/2" hardware cloth. I've read about the screws-and-washer method. I've read that the screw-and-washer method is overkill. I've read staple gun staples are a bad idea. I've read they're a good idea.... you get the drift lol

    I was planning on attaching the wire on the inside of the framing, and then using furring strips to cover the edges so I don't impale myself. So would a staple gun be fine, if I'm screwing a furring strip over the edges of the wire, to secure against racoons, etc? Or do I need to washer-screw it in anyway?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. mrcman

    mrcman Out Of The Brooder

    55
    0
    39
    Nov 28, 2011
    NW Pa.
    I don't know if this is the proper method but it's the one we use. It's called a chicken wire staple. They come in a box and are put in by using a hammer, not a staple gun. I'm guessing they're about 3/4 inch long and are a pretty heavy gauge diameter. They are very difficult to pull out and have yet had any critters yank down any fencing.

    Hope this helps, Tony
     
  3. JML72

    JML72 Out Of The Brooder

    83
    6
    43
    Mar 31, 2012
    Thanks Tony. I guess I'm wondering if your approach, or the washer-screw idea, is overkill if I'm sandwiching between 2 boards (albeit one is a 1x2 furring strip).
     
  4. 3forfree

    3forfree Chillin' With My Peeps

    982
    22
    141
    Mar 17, 2010
    essexville, michigan
    I don't like chicken wire or hardware cloth wrapped around anything, to me it doesn't look good. I have used staples on brooders that I have kept indoors only because of the size of the chicks and the fact that it is indoors. I like the idea of furring strips, nice long nails or screws holding it on. Screws and washers I don't consider overkill, you want your birds safe, do what you feel it right.
     
  5. auto5man

    auto5man Chillin' With My Peeps

    219
    12
    103
    Jul 27, 2011
    Memphis
    Yes, you are on the right track! I did the fender washer thing and hated the look, so I redid it sounds like just the way you described. I use heavy duty staple gun just to hold the cloth in place then I screw down strips kinda looks like a picture frame, to hold the cloth down securely. VERY strong, in my opinion. I can post pictures if that will help you visualize,,,just let me know.
     
    1 person likes this.
  6. JML72

    JML72 Out Of The Brooder

    83
    6
    43
    Mar 31, 2012
    That's kind of my question 3forfree... I'm doing the furring strips regardless. Do folks think that's strong enough to withstand any pulling or pushing by a hungry critter? Or do I really need to invest in screws and washers AND a wood strip over that?

    Or should I just try it and see if I can break through myself?
     
  7. TonySorrento

    TonySorrento Chillin' With My Peeps

    592
    12
    133
    Apr 29, 2011
    South Wales, New York


    Without a doubt!!!!! If you are sandwiching the HWC between two pieces of wood that are screwed together, then you are as critter proof as you can be .... :tu:
     
    Last edited: Apr 7, 2012
    1 person likes this.
  8. flgardengirl

    flgardengirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    4,426
    50
    241
    Dec 2, 2009
    Sunny side up :)
    We make a wood frame on the inside and outsides of the hardware cloth and kinda sandwich it between the wood and nail it all together. Nothing can get in under the sides of the wire that way. I use a few of the metal staples (U-Nails) that you pound in like a nail to hold the hardware cloth in place while we get the frames assembled. Has been working great and very sturdy that way.
     
    Last edited: Apr 7, 2012
    1 person likes this.
  9. auto5man

    auto5man Chillin' With My Peeps

    219
    12
    103
    Jul 27, 2011
    Memphis
    The furring strip exerts pressure along it entire length, rather that at specific points using the screw/fender washer. Agree with Tony, this is as secure as you can get....looks better too!
     
  10. JML72

    JML72 Out Of The Brooder

    83
    6
    43
    Mar 31, 2012
    Great - thanks all. Plus I figure it has the added security of keeping me from having to check and see when I had my last tetnus shot, because I WILL stab myself (probably repeatedly) if I don't cover the edges.

    I appreciate the quick feedback from all of you.[​IMG]
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by