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Fence Stretching Basics - Video

January 21, 2020 | by Joe Morrell

We sure do appreciate any help we can get when stretching a fence. Here, precautions are taken when working on a grade.

 

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Topics: welded wire fence, Fencing Tips

How Welded Wire Fencing Materials Are Made

March 8, 2018 | by Debbie Page

Wonders of Automation

Have you ever considered how wires are welded into a mesh? What kind of machine can do that? What does it look like? How fast is the process? How can individual wire be fastened together securely and turned into the mesh we know and love? Here you go!

 

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Topics: welded wire mesh, welded wire fence

Why is Welded Wire Fencing Better Than Chain Link Fencing?

March 1, 2018 | by Debbie Page

dog behind welded wire fence

Let's have a rethink...

If you are planning to install a chain link fence, before you do, you should consider the benefits of installing a welded wire fence or wire mesh fencing. Welded wire fencing has many more benefits than chain link fencing.

Secure

Welded wire fencing is much more secure than chain link fencing. You can install a fence up to 40 feet tall that is impassible by humans and wildlife. Depending on the use of the fence, the cross sections can be welded close together, creating an impenetrable fortress.

Stable

Unlike chain link fencing, welded wire fencing comes in different thicknesses, depending on the level of security you need. This type of fencing can take an impact from a vehicle, and it will experience little to no damage. This type of fencing is so strong, that it is often used in zoos for elephants and large wildlife containment.

vinyl coated welded wire mesh entrance Franklin Park Zoo.

Construction that Endures

Wire mesh fencing is much more complex than chain link fencing. The intertwining bars and bands make it look like a fortress wall. The panels are hooked together on a weld, which means that they won't crack or break over time.

And Low Maintenance

Chain link fences require little maintenance, however, wire mesh fencing requires even less maintenance. It is made out of weather-resistant materials, which can last a lifetime, even in areas that often experience severe weather.

When it comes down to choosing between installing a chain link fence or a welded wire fence, the welded wire fence has more benefits.  

cat in front of welded wire fence

 

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Topics: wire mesh, welded wire fence

Everything You Need to Know About Wire Gauges Used In Welded & Woven Wire Mesh & Fence

July 14, 2017 | by Debbie Page

 
Wire Gauges, Those Numbers, and Numbers into Inches
 
Here is everything you need to know about the wire gauges used in welded and woven wire mesh fences. We cover what a wire gauge is, what do the different numbers mean and even provide a handy chart converting gauge numbers into inches.
 
Micrometer for meauring wire for welded wire fencing (Source: Britannica)

Merriam-Webster's Online Dictionary defines wire gauge as any of various systems consisting of a series of standard sizes used in describing the diameter of wire.

The Rolling Mill

The process all starts with heavy coils of large diameter wire called rod made in a rolling mill. The rod is then shipped to a wire manufacturing mill. To make the wire used in wire fence and mesh, single strands are "drawn" through a series of increasingly smaller dies or plates and reduced to a specific gauge/diameter. The gauge is determined by the wire's final use - single strand wire, welded wire mesh or woven wire fence. Heating of the wire is not required in the drawing process. Here is a photo from a Riverdale Mill, one of the mills in the United States that supplies welded wire for us.

Welded WIre Fence Producer for Louis Page

There have been several different gauge designations since this process was introduced. Numbers have been used to designate wire diameter since 1735. They originally referred to the number of draws used in the process. The first draw was called 1 gauge, the second 2 gauge, the third 3 gauge, on down to the final draw of the thinnest wire being made. This is why thick wires have a lower gauge number than thin wires. 9 gauge wire is thicker than 14 gauge because it requires fewer "draws" than 14 gauge.

The Birmingham Wire Gauge

Stubs Wire Gauge for welded wire fencing source wikipedia

The Birmingham Wire Gauge, also known as the Stubs Iron Wire Gauge, was originally developed in early 19th-century England as a means of standardizing gauge sizes. It has been used in a medical setting (needles) since the early 20th century. In 1855, Brown and Sharpe established a formula-based progression of 39 steps - from 1 gauge through 40 gauge. This is now known as the American Wire Gauge and is used extensively in the United States.

The Most Common Gauges

The following values show in inches the most common gauges of wires used in welded and woven wire mesh and fence:

  •  8.5 gauge - 0.155 inch
  •  9 gauge - 0.1483 inch
  • 10.5 gauge - 0.128 inch
  • 11 gauge - 0.1205 inch
  • 12.5 gauge - 0.099 inch
  • 14 gauge - 0.080 inch
  • 16 gauge - 0.0625 inch
  • 18 gauge - 0.0475 inch
  • 20 gauge - 0.0348 inch
  • 21 gauge - 0.0317 inch
  • 23 gauge - 0.0258 inch
  • 27 gauge - 0.0173 inch

There are many different combinations of wire gauge and mesh size manufactured. You can select the right product for the requirements of your project.

 

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Topics: welded wire mesh, welded wire, welded wire fence, wire gauges

What Fence Wire Gauge is Right for Me?

June 9, 2017 | by Debbie Page

Wire Gauges: A Lesson

The most important thing you need to know about welded wire fence wire gauge is:

  • a lower gauge number equals a thicker wire.
lower gauge # = thicker wire

 

When considering a new fence: determine how the fence is going to be used over time. Some important fence project questions to consider include:

  • Are large animals going to be running up against the fence?
  • What is the location of the fence?
  • How high does the fence need to be?
  • How far apart will the fence posts be located?
  • How long do I want the fence to last?

This is a short list of questions to consider when planning a fence project. Choosing the right wire gauge will give you the strength and durability you want. In addition to wire gauge, we recommend considering:

1. Wire type

2. Mesh opening

3. Fence height

If you want a stronger and more durable welded wire fence then you need to choose 11 over 27. Louis Page sells fencing in 11 - 27 wire gauges. Keep in mind, choosing the right wire gauge really depends on your project. Stronger isn't always better. Welded wire fences serve a variety of needs on farms, construction sites and at homes across the nation. It's best to plan your project and then shop.

Common Wire Gauges

Sometimes it's helpful to think about gauge thickness in inches. The following values show, in inches, the most common gauges of wires used in welded and woven wire mesh and fence:

  •  8.5 gauge - 0.155 inch
  •  9 gauge - 0.1483 inch
  • 10.5 gauge - 0.128 inch
  • 11 gauge - 0.1205 inch
  • 12.5 gauge - 0.099 inch
  • 14 gauge - 0.080 inch
  • 16 gauge - 0.0625 inch
  • 18 gauge - 0.0475 inch
  • 20 gauge - 0.0348 inch
  • 21 gauge - 0.0317 inch
  • 23 gauge - 0.0258 inch
  • 27 gauge - 0.0173 inch

There are many different combinations of wire gauge and mesh sizes manufactured. You can select the right product for the requirements of your project by browsing our catalog.  If you are unsure of what wire gauge is right for your fence project, then give us a call, we will be happy to help you select the right products for your project and we can offer a free quote.

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A bird on a woven wire fence 

 

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Topics: welded wire fence, wire gauges

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