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The Fence Post

Heavy Chicken Wire Fence

February 4, 2011 | by Duncan Page

Rethink Your Chicken Wire

Have you ever needed a truly heavy gauge chicken wire?

Does the 20 gauge galvanized before weave (GBW) chicken wire fence you buy leave you wishing for something stronger?

Are you frustrated by how quickly GBW hex mesh rusts and needs to be replaced? There's an alternative:

Galv After Weave Chicken Wire Fence: 18 gauge, 1" Hexagonal Mesh 

Made by Keystone Steel and Wire in Peoria, Illinois, this "saltwater netting" is woven from heavy 18 gauge wire. 18 gauge wire is more than 30% heavier than the 20 gauge chicken wire available in your local retail store. After the wire is woven into a 1" hexagonal mesh, it is passed through a bath of molten zinc. It emerges with thick, durable rust and corrosion-resistant galvanized after weave (GAW) finish. The wires are thoroughly coated, including the twisted areas that tend to hold moisture.

Heavy chicken wire fence is available in 150' rolls. Widths are 36", 48" and 72". This mesh, designed for use in saltwater, will last for many, many years.

Great for:

  • poultry runs
  • garden fence
  • game bird pens
  • saltwater applications, such as crab pots

18 gauge heavy hex wire is a great option and if you want a chicken wire fence that will withstand the test of time, consider this product.

The Benefits are Considerable:

  • Initial higher cost is offset by the longer lifetime of the wire.
  • Stronger, heavier wire will stand up longer to normal wear and tear.
  • Frequency of repair and replacement is reduced.
  • Heavy galvanization assures robust protection against rust and corrosion.

Have you ever had the opportunity to try GAW chicken wire fence?

Do you think it makes sense to pay more initially to avoid the cost and labor of repair and replacement?


Topics: hex netting, galvanized after, vinyl coated

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