Tell me the best way to cut Hardware cloth!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Hawkeye95, Dec 1, 2011.

  1. Hawkeye95

    Hawkeye95 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Seriously, because I just used a little clipper and clipped through every little square and I'm ready to [​IMG] !! Please tell me there is a better way to do this! BTW-- I even tried using the Dremel tool with the flat vibrating cutter-- It worked --sort of, but I nearly ruined the blade. It's my DH's and he doesn't know I did that... [​IMG] I was just going crazy snipping one square at a time. [​IMG]
     
  2. tsmith1499

    tsmith1499 Out Of The Brooder

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    A good pair of tin snips is like useing scissors. That's what I use.
     
  3. notiones

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    I'll second tsmith1499. I cut a bunch over the weekend with a pair of tin snips and it was easy as could be.
     
  4. nickie

    nickie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My husband is an electrician, don't tell him I raided his tool bag... I used his fancy shmancy wire cutter things. I tried tin snips, but they just sort of crimped it instead of cutting.
     
  5. ll

    ll Chillin' With My Peeps

    I used some kind of sharp metal cutter that my DH had in the garage -
    with gloves.
    One square at a time.
    The whole darn thing.
    Gloves helped, without them = blisters.
    Good luck
     
  6. Chinchilla2

    Chinchilla2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Tin snips or a pair of heavy duty pruning shears work. I actually use a pair of paramedic shears I picked up years ago. They go through it just like butter.
     
  7. ChickEngineer

    ChickEngineer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just rolled it out on the driveway, put some bricks to hold it down. Used a heavy duty pair of tinsnips, which may be your problem?
     
  8. jgaepi

    jgaepi Out Of The Brooder

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    Aviation, angled snips work really well. About $18.
     
  9. Hawkeye95

    Hawkeye95 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Looks like I'll be using tin snips, then! Thanks! I tried to get out the tin snips that my DH just bought this summer and he saw me and told me NO. So either I need to buy my own, or sneak his pair out... Does it ruin them? Yeah, I was using wire cutters that I use for bailing wire on my hay bales. And it must be getting dull, because not only was it slow-- each square at a time, but I was having to twist the plier cutters back and forth to cut thru it! I'm getting ready to cut a whole lot more wire this week and I knew I could not continue on this way. It took me FOREVER.
     
  10. Nonny

    Nonny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I haven't yet cut into my roll of hardware cloth since I'm still early days in building our coop, but when I was putting up a temporary fence of chicken wire I just used an old pair of secateurs and they worked really well.

    Definitely use good hardwearing gloves and weigh it down with bricks (or a helper!) - wire is a pain to work with at the best of times!
     

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