Will hardware cloth prevent racking/provide sheer strength?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Todd510, Mar 22, 2016.

  1. Todd510

    Todd510 New Egg

    Jan 15, 2016

    I'm working on my coop/run design. I thought I was all finished, but now I'm worried about the thing racking over. Below is a picture of the basic framing for the front wall (no trim or anything applied here). Coop is to the left, run to the right. The "stud" spacing on either side of the door entry is about 3'. The building will have a similar wall for the back side, 2' shorter, and will have a sloped roof. I don't have much to prevent racking without any sheeting going on the right side besides hardware cloth. I was wondering the hardware cloth would work like sheeting and provide sheer strength? I'd prefer not to add more studs and bracing in order to keep the run fairly open.

    Thanks for any input!


  2. lynnehd

    lynnehd Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 1, 2015
    Vancouver, Wa.
    I'm sure others can provide more input, but what does 'racking' mean? [​IMG]
  3. Todd510

    Todd510 New Egg

    Jan 15, 2016
    Oh sorry, racking is when a rectangular wall becomes a parallelogram wall. Normally a house's/shed's siding would prevent this. [​IMG]
  4. MeepBeep

    MeepBeep Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yes, to some degree if secured well enough... The problem with hardware cloth is that it will rack as well, so it's no the best option...

    A single tension cable or board corner to corner would provide more anti-racking...
  5. Tumbling K

    Tumbling K Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 5, 2015
    from the design you've shown, I think you will be fine. if you are still concerned about racking, try diagonal bracing. but honestly, I think what you have is good.

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