Hardware Cloth SUCKS!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by coffeelady3, Jun 29, 2008.

  1. coffeelady3

    coffeelady3 Froths Milk for Hard Cash

    Jun 26, 2008
    Tacoma, WA
    Ok, I'm not a handy person and I spent the entire day working on the run to attach to my girl's coop. I have come to the conclusion that I HATE hardware cloth! I know it's what to use to keep the chickens safe from those pesky predators, but can't it be just a little bit more accommodating? I mean, it's hard as heck to tack down, it ALWAYS curls in the direction that you don't want it to, and, worst of all, IT HURTS!

    If and when I finally get this thing done, the chickies had better appreciate it!

    Thanks for letting me vent. You may now resume normal programming.
     
  2. MoonbeamQueen

    MoonbeamQueen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    umm...turn it over so it does curl the way you want it?
     
  3. shmooborp

    shmooborp artistic fowlism

    i agree.. and its hard to clip!!! but its worth it [​IMG]
     
  4. shmooborp

    shmooborp artistic fowlism

    Quote:but then ofcourse it cules the other way.. [​IMG]
     
  5. coffeelady3

    coffeelady3 Froths Milk for Hard Cash

    Jun 26, 2008
    Tacoma, WA
    Curling in either direction is a pain. I just want it to stay flat. Is that too much to ask?

    Sorry, I think I spent too much time out in the sun. My brain is fried!
     
  6. MoonbeamQueen

    MoonbeamQueen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Curling away from you would be better than toward you. Wear some good leather work gloves too![​IMG]
     
  7. TeaLady

    TeaLady Out Of The Brooder

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    I lay mine out on the ground (unrolling from the top so it is concave side down) and walk on it to flatten it out. And wear leather gloves.

    I sit down nice and comfy to clip the wires, and if I'm going to need to handle it much after I've clipped it I wrap the raw edge in tape.
     
  8. lizardz

    lizardz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wearing a suit of chain mail cuts down on the scratches [​IMG]
    I hate the stuff too - I always come out looking like I've been thrown in a sack with 20 feral cats! Good luck with the stuff. I solved the problem by making my DH and DS do the work with it!
    Liz
     
  9. coffeelady3

    coffeelady3 Froths Milk for Hard Cash

    Jun 26, 2008
    Tacoma, WA
    Quote:Unfortunately, my chain mail is at the cleaners! [​IMG]
     
  10. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

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    I do what TeaLady does. I unroll mine on the ground and walk on it. After I cut it, I'm then working with a panel, not a curled up mess. Being able to work with it as panels is part of why I like it so much. I also trim the edge when needed, so there are no wire stubs sticking out.
     

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