Securing Hardware Cloth

Utonium

Hatching
11 Years
Oct 5, 2008
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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.

Thanks
 

kodiakchicken

Songster
11 Years
Apr 18, 2008
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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!
 

ChanceRider

Songster
11 Years
Aug 19, 2008
860
7
156
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.
 

bluey

thootp veteran
11 Years
Apr 10, 2008
2,252
7
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Washington, PA
I think that the screws with 1 inch washers work best for securing hardware cloth. It reduces the need for many staples.
 

walkswithdog

Crowing
11 Years
Jul 17, 2008
4,639
44
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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.
 

jed1154

Songster
11 Years
Jul 10, 2008
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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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