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Frequently asked questions

Q: Which mesh is best for fox protection?

A: If you wish to protect chickens/ poultry from foxes you need to select a welded mesh in a 50mm x 50mm at 14 gauge or 25mm x 25mm at 16 gauge. Foxes are good climbers so you will need to create a roof and also peg the mesh to the ground so they cannot push underneath.

Q: Which is the best mesh for cat runs?

A: Cat runs should be made from welded wire mesh with a hole size of 25mm x 25mm in a 16 gauge wire. We offer an excellent quality European made welded wire mesh which is perfect for cat enclosures and catios link to cat enclosure mesh.

Q: What is the best mesh to use for dog fencing?

A: We offer a range of fencing for small, medium, and large sized dogs. Our 50mm x 50mm hole 14g welded wire mesh is perfect for small, medium and large dogs. We also offer a heavier 50mm x 50mm hole 12g welded wire mesh for larger dogs.

Q: What mesh should I use to keep out vermin?

A: In terms of vermin mesh, if you are looking to keep out mice then we can offer a welded wire mesh with a 6mm x 6mm hole. This is the industry standard for mouse proofing and is the product of choice for pest controllers. There is some conflicting information online referring to mice being able to fit through gaps larger than 5mm, however this refers to mice being able to contort their bodies to squeeze under a 5mm wide gap (however this gap would need to be much wider than 5mm in the other direction for the mouse to fit the rest of its body through the gap). We can confirm that it’s not possible for mice to fit through a hole which is 6mm x 6mm.

If you would like to keep out both rats and mice then our stainless steel 6mm x 6mm hole mesh would be a perfect option. As stainless steel is a harder material it prevents rats from chewing through the mesh and the 6mm hole size is small enough to prevent them from getting through.

Q: Which mesh should I use to keep mice from entering my house through air bricks?

A: The best mesh is stainless steel in a maximum of 6mm aperture. You can select either welded or woven and just cut to size with wire cutters. It can be fixed with strong external adhesive. We do also have 253mm x 102mm vent covers, which are ideal for protecting vents and air bricks.

Q: Which insect mesh should I use for soffits and cladding?

A: For Soffits or cladding use the stainless steel or black coated aluminium insect mesh, available in a range of sizes including 100mm and 150mm widths.

Q: When erecting chain link fence how far apart should the posts be positioned?

A: The recommended distance between chain-link posts is from 2 metres to a maximum of 3 metres. They should have around 600mm in the ground which is usually filled with post-mix and allowed to set. You can find further information, including a video demonstrating the installation process, at the following link: How to install Chain Link Fencing .

Q: Which posts do I need for chain link fence?

A: You will always start and finish with an end post. This post has a single bracing strut and a tension bar plus the tensioning fittings for the line wire. Then put an intermediate post every 2 - 3 metres. For long runs, you will need a two-way intermediate post every 50 metres (or every 25m for 1800mm high chain link) this post has 2 bracing struts and 2 tension bars and effectively stops and re-starts the fence on one post. Finally you will need to add a corner post for each right-angled corner. When fitting a gate you will need an end post each side of the gate.  As chain link works by being kept under tension, it should always be erected in a series of straight lines.You can find further information, including a video demonstrating the installation process, at the following link: How to install Chain Link Fencing.

Q: How do I install Rabbit Netting?

A: Rabbit netting is best installed using a 2mm or 2.5mm line wire top and bottom. Posts should be at 2.5m intervals. Ideally, you should bury around 150mm of netting to a 50mm depth at right angles to the fence, forming an "L" shape pointing in the direction of the rabbits. This "L" shape at the bottom of the fence creates a barrier should the rabbits attempt to burrow underneath the fence.

Q: What are the different Grades of Stainless Steel Mesh?

A: We can offer either standard grade 304 stainless steel, or the higher quality grade 316 stainless steel (sometimes called Marine Grade). Grade 316 stainless steel contains molybdenum, which is added to boost its resistance to corrosion and should be selected if the material is to be used in a salt water or coastal environment.

Q: Do you supply a Fire Rated insect Mesh?

A: Our fire rated black PVC coated fiberglass insect mesh has undergone a full fire test conducted by Intertek, a world leader in quality and safety assurance. Please note that fire rated black PVC coated fiberglass insect mesh is not actually non-combustible, it is self-extinguishing. If you are looking for a non-combustible material, then the best option would be our stainless steel insect mesh.

Q: What is the difference between ‘Hot Dipped’ and ‘Pre-Galvanized’?

A: ‘Hot Dipped Galvanized’ means that the mesh has firstly been welded together to produce a panel or roll of mesh, it is then immersed in a bath of molten zinc to coat the steel with a galvanized finish to protect against rusting.

‘Pre-Galvanized’ means that the wire used to fabricate the mesh has been Hot Dipped Galvanized before being welded into a mesh. This still has a galvanized finish to protect against rusting. All of our pre-galvanized material is European made.

Both our Hot Dipped Galvanized and our European pre-galvanized finish offer excellent rust resistance when used outside. European mesh is the best option if fitting the mesh onto a framework, as European manufactured mesh tends to run straighter throughout the roll.

Q: How do I fix wire mesh to posts?

A: If you are using our tubular steel post system the wire mesh can simply be clipped onto the spine of the post using our fence clip tool and clips. We would suggest a post spacing of around 1.8m to 2m intervals for welded mesh and up to 3.15m intervals for chain-link fencing. Our posts are designed to be buried into the ground and concreted in with Postcrete (not supplied with order). The posts are not suitable for driving / hammering into the ground.

If you are using wooden posts, you can use hammer in staples. We would suggest using the smaller 15mm and 20mm staples with lightweight mesh and chicken wire netting, and the heavier 25mm staples with medium to heavy weight welded mesh and fencing. We do also have tackers and staples which can help to make the installation process even simpler for you.