How would I attach hardware cloth to chain link?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by JessicaGrant, Jul 21, 2008.

  1. JessicaGrant

    JessicaGrant Songster

    Jun 22, 2008
    Western Mass
    I have a dog kennel for the chicken run and wanted to line the bottom two feet or so with hardware cloth (and bury the rest of it, if I can.) I had NO idea this stuff was so hard to work with! Any ideas? Thanks!!
  2. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2008
    Birnamwood, Wisconsin
    We used zip ties actually to attach ours. LOTS of um! It IS hard to work with isn't it! So stiff! Good luck. You could also use that thin wire that's wrapped around the hardware cloth when you buy it. We did that at the bottom for more strength.
  3. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    1) lay it out on the ground and sort of gently stomp it flat, first (as opposed to having it always trying to sproing back into roll shape)

    2) temporarily tack a scrap piece of wood to both ends, to give you something to pull on to get it taut. (did I mention #2.5, 'have a helper' [​IMG] it is not vital, but makes life much more pleasant w/hardwarecloth)

    3) I'd either 'sew' it on with decent-gauge galvanized wire, or use those sleeve type dealies that you clamp on with pliers, their name escapes me at the moment.

    (e.t.a. - zip ties is also a good idea BUT they are not generally rated to withstand u/v and after a few yrs in the sun my experience is that they get brittle and weak, so if you use 'em either replace them with something metal at your leisure or at least keep an eagle eye on 'em)

    Good luck,

    Last edited: Jul 21, 2008
  4. SterlingAcres

    SterlingAcres Songster

    Apr 17, 2008
    Poconos, PA
    Extra wire or zip ties should work fine, as mentioned above.
    Good luck. [​IMG]
  5. wren

    wren Songster

    May 27, 2007
    St Augustine, FL
    Use nose rings for pigs or J clips for building cages. If you don't want to do that then I'd use baling wire.

    If it was me I'd use hog rings (pig or shoat size) it's quicker. Also it is good advice to take some of the spring out of the wire before you hang it.just unroll it the opposite direction it is rolled in while you put pressure on it.

    All clear? Good. the hog rings and a hog ringer (like a pair of pliers) at a Theisen's or livestock place.
  6. pkeeler

    pkeeler Songster

    Jul 20, 2008
    If your roll will reach, I find that rolling it past a corner helps. The corner holds it (or tie it there temporarily). Then you work towards that corner pushing it in and attaching it. I always buy some galvanised wire and cut it into 3" lengths then use that to hog tie the wire to the posts/fencing.

    If you dig a trench along the fence, I would think that would aid greatly in keeping the hardware cloth in place.
  7. JessicaGrant

    JessicaGrant Songster

    Jun 22, 2008
    Western Mass
    Thanks, everyone! great advice as usual!!

    I think I may go and lay the stuff out flat for a while. It kept rolling up on me and you should see my legs--all scratched up from the edges. Next time I try I will not be wearing shorts and flip-flops!

    I dare not ask where one would get hog-nose rings! I feel like such a city slicker sometimes! [​IMG]
  8. PeeperKeeper

    PeeperKeeper Songster

    I don't know if it matters with chicks or not, but there is a right and wrong side to hardware cloth. We raised rabbits and the wrong side was too rough on their feet! Jean
  9. maco5

    maco5 In the Brooder

    Jun 16, 2008
    San Jose, CA
    I bought hog rings at Orchard suppy
    I don't think they are the kind you use for a pigs nose though!
  10. MandyH

    MandyH You'll shoot your eye out!

    I used the cage clips and the cage clip pliers for mine. The pliers were like $7 and a bag of 500 clips was like $3. U can get them at any feed or hardware store I think. The zip ties don't last a year in the heat and cold.

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