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Hardware cloth gauge.

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by DamnYankee, Apr 5, 2016.

  1. DamnYankee

    DamnYankee Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello all. Another post got me to thinking about hardware cloth. I have my coop mostly framed out. I should be able to install the hardware cloth to the run soon. I see both 23 & 19 gauge, among others, on Amazon & MyPetChicken. Would 23 gauge suffice or should I go heavier.

    Thanks
     
    Last edited: Apr 5, 2016
  2. chicklover 1998

    chicklover 1998 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    where do you live?
     
  3. DamnYankee

    DamnYankee Out Of The Brooder

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    Sorry. Gotta adjust my settings. I live in the Piedmont of North Carolina.
     
  4. galvinj

    galvinj Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I went with 19 gauge half inch just to be on the safe side.
     
  5. TerryH

    TerryH Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What I see most is that the 1/4" HWC is 23 gauge and the 1/2" HWC is 19 gauge. I went with 1/2".
     
  6. ladyearth

    ladyearth Chillin' With My Peeps

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    heavier prob better. i cant remember if the guages are higher or lower for metal...
    my prev rolls were 19. now this newer roll has no label.....
    Heck I found it cheaper at a farm supply store they had it in stock. wish I known earlier.....
    they prob had it a long time at least $10 to 15 dollars cheaper than a another farm store that had to order it. 50 foot rolls of course. Hubby puts the roll on a pipe for me and put that pipe thru two metal milk carton. wow so much easier. almost feels like a paper toel holder. He is such a wunderful genius most times.
    and another store only has 100 feet rolls. Too late for my use. and heavier for me to handle
    I just can not believe the number of people who chintz out and use only poultry wire..... I know a few personally....You get what you paid for.
    Of course this is just my humble opinion too
     
  7. TerryH

    TerryH Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The lower the gauge number the bigger the wire. Pretty much all the 1/4" HWC I've seen is 23 gauge but it basically has twice the amount of wires compared to the 19 gauge 1/2" HWC.
     
  8. DamnYankee

    DamnYankee Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm gonna go with 19 gauge. The savings is not worth it. Thanks all.
     
  9. chicklover 1998

    chicklover 1998 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    good choice.
     

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