Wire to Wood. What to use??

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by silkiechick05, Nov 8, 2009.

  1. silkiechick05

    silkiechick05 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 27, 2009
    North Texas

    I have some 1/2 in by 1/2 in hardware cloth and and debating how to secure it to the wood.

    Screws and washers?
    it is a bigish coop and would take over two hundred...

    what else do you have in mind and how successful has it been in protecting your babies?
  2. Chooksaurus

    Chooksaurus Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 8, 2009
    NW WI
    I used fencing staples. They are cheap and easy, and do a good job of securing the wire.
  3. cherylcohen

    cherylcohen The Omelet Ranch

    Sep 18, 2009
    SF East Bay CA
    We used screws and washers and it makes a great tight connnection

  4. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Jan 11, 2007
    We use U nails to fasten wire to wood.
  5. KMHunter

    KMHunter [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG] Cr

    Jun 12, 2009
    My Coop
    I tacked it up with staples, then used those u shaped nails, a lot of them, Then went back with some screws and washers. I was able to use fewer of them because of all of the other ways I secured it. I just used the screws and washers on the "ends". I was able to use continuous pieces of hardware cloth down the sides and over the top, so I just needed to secure the cut ends so a coon couldn't pull it off. Hope this helps. I also got a fence charger and hooked up some electric wire around the base of my coop. My vet gave me the idea, before I found this website.[​IMG]
    Last edited: Nov 8, 2009
  6. Royd

    Royd Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 31, 2009
    Middleburg, Fl.
    If you have an air driven crown stapler, use it, with galvanized staples...That should make short work out of it... Just set your depth or pressure, so that the staple doesn't drive through the wire.
  7. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2009
    I've read from people who used nails or staples that they can pull out more easily than wood screws (either by predators, or even in a strong storm); if you use them, it sounds like a good idea to also use wood screws in a couple of places on each panel to reinforce the nails/staples, and to regularly check your wire for weak spots (something that it's good to get in the habit of doing anyway).
  8. Mr. Peepers

    Mr. Peepers Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 7, 2009
    A pneumatic staple gun can can easily drive 2" staples. Most fence wire will break before those staples pull out. If you have one or can borrow or rent one, it's the best tool for the job. The main way raccoons defeat poultry mesh is by taking advantage of weak and widely spaced attachment points. With good staples, this problem can be largely avoided.
    Last edited: Nov 8, 2009
  9. woodenart

    woodenart Out Of The Brooder

    In our work shop we use pneumatic staplers driving 1 inch staples, quick, very strong and tightens up the mesh.

  10. wombat

    wombat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 23, 2009
    I use 1/2" staples to put it in place, and screws and washers to make sure it stays there.

    A predator could pull it off if it is only stapled in, unless you're using a heavy-duy power stapler.

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