Cutting hardware cloth help!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by jeria, May 22, 2017.

  1. jeria

    jeria Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 19 gauge hardware cloth ordered. What is the easiest way to cut it? I'm thinking fence cutters? but they only cut small bits at a time.
     
  2. jennyf

    jennyf Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Messing with hardware cloth is my LEAST favorite part of chicken keeping by FAR! I think these are tin snips--best I've found for cutting it. If you get it in the right position, you can almost cut it like a bolt of cloth rather than one wire at a time.
     

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  3. Molpet

    Molpet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use side cutters, and yes I cut one strand at a time .. I use a big magnet to catch the short piece left if you're going to cut them off
     
  4. 10 acre woods

    10 acre woods Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use sheetmetal shears. It is just like using scissors to cut paper.
     
  5. Tlmcq

    Tlmcq Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    That is what I use as well. Or tin snips. I've also used some old long all metal scissors. It helps to hold it on its edge and seperate pushing what's already cut away from you and your hands as you cut. It can be very sharp. I have cut myself many times trying to cut it laying flat like fabric. I can't do anything with gloves on so this is best way I've found to do it.
     
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  6. Merrymouse

    Merrymouse Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    We used a grinder. Cut it like butter
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  7. Merrymouse

    Merrymouse Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    or you can use a dremel with a metal cutting blade, worked well too
     
  8. kwhites634

    kwhites634 Father Time Premium Member

    I use a 90* angle grinder with a cutting wheel on it. Lot less bleeding than with snips or shears
     
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  10. jeria

    jeria Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a multi tool so what kind of blade? I have some issues with my hands so power would be amazing, and I quilt so used to marking straight cuts etc. and have amazing rulers to help. Also what type of marking tool?
     

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