How to Build Things From Chicken Wire

Written by laurie rappeport
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Most people don't consider a roll of chicken wire as a "must have" household item. Interestingly enough, with a little imagination and know-how, a homeowner can find quite a few ways to use chicken wire to repair and build around the house. Chicken wire is great for fencing off areas to prevent animals or small children from traipsing through, to enclose garden plots to protect growing plants and even to protect bird feeders from hungry squirrels. Chicken wire is lightweight, bendable and easy to use for building.

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Things you need

  • Chicken wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Gloves
  • One-inch galvanised metal staples
  • Staple gun
  • Twenty-gauge galvanised wire
  • Chicken wire fence posts

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  1. 1

    Decide whether to build with a one-inch mesh chicken wire or a two-inch mesh chicken wire. Two-inch mesh chicken wire bends more easily, but for some projects it may be too flexible.

  2. 2

    Use a good pair of wire cutters. Chicken wire needs to be cut in order to build items to the proper dimensions. A good pair of wire cutters will save time and ensure the smooth progress of the project.

  3. 3

    Wear a good pair of protective gloves when building with chicken wire.

  4. 4

    Staple chicken wire to a wooden surface (such as a fence post) with one-inch galvanised metal staples.

  5. 5

    Weave two sections of chicken wire together with twenty-gauge galvanised wire.

  6. 6

    Hang chicken wire on special tabs that are built into chicken wire fence posts. These posts make installing a fence with chicken wire quite easy.

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