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How Will You Use Extra Fencing Materials?

March 28, 2013 | by Terry Struck

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So What's Collecting Dust?

Whether you’re making a kennel floor, putting a fence up in your yard, or building a cage, you may have extra fence materials lying around and you think, what can I do with all this extra wire? Well here are some ideas.

Gabions--a Variety of Uses

Gabions originally were cylindrical wicker baskets filled with earth and stones used in building fortifications. You can cut to size your square or rectangle pieces of fence or wire mesh to form a box. Then use hog rings or j-clips to hold the box together. Fill in the boxes with stones and then stack them. Gabions can be used in many ways around the home, including:

  • planters
  • retaining walls
  • outdoor fireplaces
  • decorative walls around a garden or pool
  • benches and seating areas around the yard

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Lots more ideas for using Gabions

Screen Guard

Trying to keep your screens looking great is not always easy with dogs and cats around. Put your extra wire mesh up as a screen guard. This will make it harder for the animals to pull at the screen. It will ease up the constant changing of your screens - unless you have teenagers who forget their keys and decide to rip open the screen instead of pulling the cord!

Training Climbers

Build a large trellis or a smaller portable one. Simply by using some wood posts and welded wire mesh, teepee two panels on each side with two horizontal posts at the top for support. Some of your leftover fencing with 1" x 2" mesh or bigger openings are best. Fasten it to your frames. Train the cucumbers as they grow by winding the plants up the fence. Growing your cucumbers vertically can save space for other vegetables and stop them from rotting by sitting on the ground.

And more ideas...wire enclosed wooden shelf

With some imagination, there are many things you can do with that leftover wire mesh you have hanging around.

  • Cat enclosures
  • Trash containers
  • Small garden covers
  • Cubed storage shelves
  • Wire mesh cabinet doors
  • Stairway and deck railing fillers

Let's put our heads together and come up with some new ideas!

Terry     Terry                                     

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Topics: wire mesh, gabion, how to

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