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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by ufgrad98, May 15, 2011.
Can you simply staple the hardware cloth to cover a window opening or do you need to use washers??
Washers. They aren't expensive and are easy to install. You could push your hand through hardware cloth connected with staples and so could a coon. Good luck.
Use washers if you want to screw it down. If you want to staple it don't use regular wire staples, you want galvanized fence staples. You'll have to hammer them in. Put them across where two wires on the hardware cloth cross.
What size washer? I was looking for some this morning, but wasn't sure the size to buy and I thought 70 cents for 6 washers seemed expensive.
At what height would you not have to cover the window with hardware cloth? 6 feet?
I am using roofing staples on mine. I am also going to cover the wire and staples with another board so it is more pleasing to the eyes. I just have to keep telling myself it is just a chicken coop
As for a height I would want all openings covered no matter what. Rodents could crwl through a high opening if they wanted to. And as for washers find a bolt retailer who sells in bulk. I know I can get them 100 to a box for a great price.
Quote: Fencing staples and hog rings!! Better invention than even the paperclip!!
A swear anytime I try to use screws on 2x2s they split the wood no matter how small the screws.
We used regular staples the first time around, only to discover that they popped back out quickly.. This is what we upgraded to. They are working great for us. My husband said that they are used to hold felt paper down when putting a new roof on. They were pretty cheap also.
Quote:Somebody here on BYC used pennies.
Galvanized fencing staples and sink them into the wood a little. Washers will take you forever and cost way more.
Coyote.....you gotta pre-drill 2x2's in many cases.
I have a pneumatic gun and used galvanized crown staples.
The only problem is that sometimes the staple cut through the hardware cloth.