Metal lath as alternative to hardware cloth?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Denninmi, Jul 26, 2011.

  1. Denninmi

    Denninmi Songster

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    Anyone using this stuff:

    http://www.google.com/search?q=meta...niv&sa=X&ei=bBMvTs70GaersAKg9sVf&ved=0CEoQsAQ

    I just wondered. I have some that I bought quite a few years ago to make cylinders around young blueberries to keep rabbits from eating them to the ground in winter. Its sat out for 5-6 years and has only a few small rust spots where the galvanization has worn off.

    Its tough, and its cheap, around $8 a sheet (28 inches x 8 feet, IIRC).
     
    Last edited: Jul 26, 2011

  2. texasgal

    texasgal Brood with an Attitude

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    Good Lord .. I read the title as:

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    It's time to go home...

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  3. Raen

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    Should work well, but it might be harder to cut than hardware cloth? That's the only drawback I can see.
     
  4. Farmer_Dan

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    I found some behind an outbuilding on my property. It works great. Is it really cheaper than hardware cloth though at $8 / sheet?


    drawbacks---> it's $#@%ING sharp! I have lots of cuts to prove it.
     
  5. I had an old piece of it and used it bent/clipped against the run wall as an apron. Works great.
     
  6. Denninmi

    Denninmi Songster

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    Quote:It's not very hard to cut with tin snips.
     
  7. Ole rooster

    Ole rooster Songster

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    Is it coated? Might be a problem if it's not.
     

  8. Capvin

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    It will work just as well initially. The problem is that it will rust a bit faster then the hardware cloth but should certainly last several years. It is strong and the holes are small enough for needed security. It will work as a cheaper alternative and is far better then chicken wire or chain link fencing.
     
  9. GardenGal

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    Yep, I read Metal Lathe and wondered what you'd be making with a lathe!! Gotta stop skimming!
     
  10. R_Chickens

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    Quote:Uhm...yeah, me too. Dang, I think I'm getting old...

    I couldn't figure out why it was an alternative- everyone know chickens prefer CRACK [-ed corn]!!! [​IMG]
     

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