How to attach Hardware cloth?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by MPLSHens, Aug 5, 2009.

  1. MPLSHens

    MPLSHens In the Brooder

    Aug 5, 2009
    Hi! I am building a semi-permanent coop and I need some suggestions for how to attach the hardware cloth. All the coops I have seen here have nice, straight, and tight cloth.

    I have tried a staple gun, but I was just wondering if there were any other stronger/more durable suggestions.
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  2. tigerlilly2588

    tigerlilly2588 In the Brooder

    Jul 8, 2009
    I have made LOTS of different types of enclosures for bunnies, sugar gliders, chickens,etc. My dad taught me everything I know and I have tried everything, even those little v shaped nails....a good hardy staple gun is definitely the best way to go. BUT if you staple it on the inside, you should screw a small peice of border wood just over the edge of the hardware cloth so it it doesn't have sharp that adds to the durability. Hope this helps!
  3. MPLSHens

    MPLSHens In the Brooder

    Aug 5, 2009
    It does, and thanks for the quick response!

    Are there any benefits for securing it to the inside rather than the outside?
  4. ChanceRider

    ChanceRider Songster

    Aug 19, 2008
    Somerset, CA
    I use large flat washers and screws to secure the hardware cloth. It's pretty easy since I use a cordless drill. I space them about every 6 inches... with the wire either inside or outside. Plus, if for any reason I need to remove the wire, all I need to do is unscrew it.
  5. MissJenny

    MissJenny Songster

    May 11, 2009
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    I would secure the hardware cloth on the outside. If you think of a predator, like a racoon or a dog, pushing against it from the outside he would be pusing in the same direction as the fastener, which means he would less likely loosen the fastener.

    If the hardware cloth was attached to the inside then the predator would be pushing against the staples and could push them out.

    I've been building things for quite a while and most of the time my common sense leads me in the right direction... except those times when it doesn't. [​IMG]

    Miss Jenny
  6. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    Quote:I second this. It would be much more difficult for an animal to push through the wire if it were fastened on the outside.
  7. MPLSHens

    MPLSHens In the Brooder

    Aug 5, 2009
    Okie dokie, so I am going to go with galv. wood screws and washers, fastened to the outside!
  8. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Crowing

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    Quote:Galvanized screws are EXPENSIVE
    Use "decking screws"
    Even cheaper is "poultry net staples"
  9. Sammimom

    Sammimom Songster

    Mar 29, 2009
    I also went with screws and washers attaching the hardware cloth to the entire outside of the run (it is a small run for only three hens). We have a nasty gang of thug-like raccoons in our area who I'm sure patrol nightly, as they regularly bend my bird feeders (ain't no squirrell could do that!) and growl at me if I come upon them in the yard at night. So even though I really like hardware cloth's anti-raccoon properties, if there is an "I Hate Installing Hardware Cloth" club I'll join it! I completely shredded a new pair of nice leather work gloves working with the stuff! [​IMG]
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  10. greginshasta

    greginshasta Songster

    Jul 26, 2007
    Mount Shasta, CA
    I used stainless steel fender washers. If you click on the link below and look at the uprights, you will see that I screwed down the harware cloth with my screw gun and washers. Very clean, very strong.
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