Flattening hardware cloth?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by rpchris, Oct 20, 2011.

  1. rpchris

    rpchris Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Anyone have any tips for flattening hardware cloth, especially those last few feet on a roll. I'm tired of tearing up my hands and arms when this stuff rolls back up on itself.
     
  2. justbugged

    justbugged Head of the Night Crew for WA State

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    Can you laying out on the ground so that the hc hump upwards, and then stand on the stuff to flatten the curve. Next grab the end that is the most rolled. Then pull back on the hc bending it in the opposite direction of the current curve. It's kind of hard to explain. I hope this is a little bit of help.
     
  3. ThePamperedPullet

    ThePamperedPullet Chillin' With My Peeps

    justbugged - you beat me to it. Just as justbugged said is the easiest way I know how.
     
  4. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    I found when I was working on my run that a flat board or a 2x4 was good at flattening. I always like to fold under my edges so no one gets speared, and that worked well with the 2x4.
     
  5. TN_BIRD

    TN_BIRD Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Use a couple of boards (2x4) sorta like a rolling pin.

    Wear thick gloves and long sleeves.
     
  6. remuda1

    remuda1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  7. jmtcmkb

    jmtcmkb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    After many gashes on my legs from snap backs, long pants, thick gloves and long sleeves [​IMG]
     
  8. HappyChickenLover

    HappyChickenLover Chillin' With My Peeps

    I just get one edge started, and keep plavcing it flat untill i get to other end. As I place nails to hold it down i can keep it taught
     
  9. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

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    I walk on it to flatten it, too. I just let the edge dig into the grass and unroll a bit, then flatten it by walking on it. After you get a larger section flattened, you can unroll a little more at a time. If I pick it up and it's not perfectly flat, I lay it back down and walk on it some more.
     
  10. SteveBaz

    SteveBaz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I cut my sheets to size and turned them the other way and rolled them back up the other way and they got flatter. No fun the stuff cut me up on the wrists, forearm and hands pretty good. I ended up using rawhide gloves to work in. Good luck. Steve
     

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