Securing Hardware Cloth

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Utonium, Oct 12, 2008.

  1. Utonium

    Utonium Hatching

    Oct 5, 2008
    Southern California
    Hi. I've used 1/2" hardware cloth on my outdoor run. It is attached with 9/16" staples every 6". Is this enough or should I also use poultry nails (pictured below)?


    The largest predator we have is coyotes or the neighbor's dog.

  2. kodiakchicken

    kodiakchicken Songster

    Apr 18, 2008
    Kodiak, Alaska
    My only concern with just using staples is whether or not they are strong enough to hold the hardware cloth into the wood if something tries to push or pull against it. Do you have racoons? They will pull and work on something until it comes loose.

    We have hardward cloth on our coop as well, although we don't have coons - just river otter and weasels. If you have to overlap the hardware cloth (like we are having to do on the front of the coop) think about using heavy duty zip ties or wire to keep the hardware cloth together.

    Best of luck!
  3. Utonium

    Utonium Hatching

    Oct 5, 2008
    Southern California
    Yes we have plenty of racoons. So I'll plan on using the poultry nails.

    Thank you.
  4. ChanceRider

    ChanceRider Songster

    Aug 19, 2008
    Somerset, CA
    I used staples similar to what you pictured, only about 1 1/8 " long, and spaced them about every 2 - 3". Since I'm very concerned about coons (we have quite a few on our property) I'm also going to screw large washers over the hardware cloth about every 12". My husband thinks I'm crazy... but I'll be danged if I'll let those coons get into my coop/run.
  5. winekntrychicks

    winekntrychicks Pooper Peeper

    Jul 26, 2008
    Sebastopol, CA
    now you guys have me worried again. We used the same nails as pictured. And we have racoons. Crap.......[​IMG]
  6. Renee

    Renee Songster

    May 7, 2008
    Roofing nails with the built-in square metal thingie look nice.
  7. bluey

    bluey thootp veteran

    Apr 10, 2008
    Washington, PA
    I think that the screws with 1 inch washers work best for securing hardware cloth. It reduces the need for many staples.
  8. Gazinga

    Gazinga Chook Norris

    nick, i have had the racoons pull the staples right out with no problem, i would recomend the poultry nails

    sure glad to see you on here

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  9. walkswithdog

    walkswithdog Crowing

    Jul 17, 2008
    DC Region
    We used the heavy poultry staples for most of it but for places that were likely to be attacked we used the screw/washer/rubber gasket things they make to screw down corrugated roofing. I had some, they were really handy. I'd advocate a screw and washer of some kind in the heavy stress areas, corners, the base, etc.

    And nowhere that there was going to be predator pressure did we only use hardwire fabric. It always went over 1x4 welded wire. So far, so good. The fact that the outside pen is electric is probaby why we've had no problems at all though. I still feel safer knowing I made it like Fort Knox.
  10. jed1154

    jed1154 Songster

    Jul 10, 2008
    I have crap loads of raccoons. I have yet to have one strong enough to pull out a 9/16" staple. I have them every 3".

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