Working with hardware cloth...

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by we3ernes, Dec 10, 2018.

  1. we3ernes

    we3ernes Songster

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    What tools do you use when working with hardware cloth? Aside from the obvious - leather gloves, tin snips - was there anything you found particularly helpful? Getting ready to build my brooder.

    I know this has been posted before, but I wanted to ask @aart specifically about a tool in her media page - the tinner’s seamer. Did you find that folding the hardware cloth at the ends was the best way to deal with sharp edges? Or did you do it for another reason, maybe to strengthen the edges?

    Anyone else with a lot of experience who wants to chime in?
     
  2. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Yes, both...well worth the time it takes to employ it, IMO.
    Working the HC on a big flat hard(garage floor here) surface really helps too.
    I was working with 4' x 50' rolls, easier to roll out and cut to length there.
     
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  3. Ghosty

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    Place the hardware cloth 'curl down' on your frame. I learned that the hard way after my first panel. I had a better time without gloves. All I used was snips and a tape. I'll have to check out the tinner's seamer.
     
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  4. Shadrach

    Shadrach Roosterist

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    A four and a half inch angle grinder will cut the steel and remove sharp edges.
     
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  5. HenOnAJuneBug

    HenOnAJuneBug Crowing

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    Small diagonal cutters work better than tin snips. The closer the wire is to the pivot the easier it is to cut. These are used to snip electrical wire.

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  6. Ghosty

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    That's exactly what I used to get as close a cut as possible.
     
  7. WVduckchick

    WVduckchick For The Birds!

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    I like these type small cutters also. And ones that spring back open after each cut are especially helpful!
     
  8. Chickassan

    Chickassan Wattle Fondler

    Roll what you need out or the whole roll even and put concrete blocks on it leave it for a few hours. When you're ready you can measure and snip. A flat roll is way easier to work with. Zipties are handy too just to hold stuff in place until you get it screwed or nailed down.:)
     
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  9. Ghosty

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    After my first couple panels I started overlapping the first square of neighboring panels. It gets rid of sharp edges, uses less screws and fender washers, and you have an overlapped seam.
     
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  10. HenOnAJuneBug

    HenOnAJuneBug Crowing

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    Can get within 1/32", or flush if you angle them.
     
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