There is a way to make this work with 1/2" mesh. Read on... (Skip to the last paragraph if you don't want to read the story.)
I use 1/2" hardware cloth in gardening applications, both as critter fencing and as a barrier at the bottom of my planting beds for the digging critters. For 15 years, I have been joining hardware cloth in the most tedious manner imaginable--"sewing" it with wire. Well, I recently had a big project to do in a short amount of time--a 100' x 5' garden terrace. I was ready to explode after only getting a few feet along with wire ties in an afternoon.
Then a lightbulb went on in my head as I remembered that the last time I bought hardware cloth, Amazon recommended these cage clips plus the "Wire Clip Pliers" from the same manufacturer. I researched it and saw all the negative reviews about it not working with 1/2" hardware cloth. Discouraged by the reviews, I looked into all of the other types of fencing tools, including hog rings. I kept coming back to this because everything else seemed to be designed for large, chain-link fencing.
I was desperate, so decided to bite the bullet. It was late on a Friday night. I placed my order for the pliers plus the clips, with a two-day delivery option. Amazon said it would be delivered Sunday, but I have a mail service that is closed on Sunday. I figured I'd get it Monday. I had hoped to make progress over the weekend. Much to my delight, everything arrived the very next day!!
Now here's the important part: first, the pliers are NOT flimsy like some reviews say. The various joints are loose, allowing the tool to adjust to the rings so they curl into a perfect little cylinder every time. Second, the pliers do not need to be very strong for their purpose, which is to curl these little J-shaped metal clip blanks into cylindrical loops. It accomplishes the feat with very little effort. Third, although the wider side of the tool does not fit through 1/2" mesh, it is very easy to complete the cylinder of the clip with needle-nosed pliers. After a few frustrated trial-and-error attempts, I came up with this surefire method. First, I curl a clip blank with the pliers until the loop is almost closed, leaving about a 1/16" opening. Then, I hook the opening around the two wires of the hardware cloth I am joining. I hold the flat, still-open end of the blank with the thumb and forefinger of one hand while getting a good grip across the open end of the blank with my needle-nosed pliers, then close the loop and complete the cylinder.
- 商品尺寸: 2.5 x 21.6 x 15.2 cm
- 商品重量: 472 g
- 发货重量: 476 g
- ASIN: B000FJX85A
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