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Best Wire to Go with for Top Screen?

Discussion in 'General Construction' started by KDogg, Nov 10, 2014.

  1. KDogg

    KDogg Member

    Hey guys,

    Which type of chicken wire type of wire do you recommend for the top of enclosure?

    This is where I'll set my lamps.

    Thank guy in advance for your help.
  2. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    There is no "chicken wire" that will work. The weight of the fixtures will cause it to sag.
    As I told you in your other post, you need 1x1/2 inch welded wire. It's strong enough to hold up.
  3. KDogg

    KDogg Member

    I didn't know the term chicken wire. Watch your attitude. We're all here to learn.
  4. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    I don't have an attitude. I just pointed out that you had asked the question previously.
    And you are the one who used the term chicken wire.
  5. Dragoness

    Dragoness Elite Member

    "Poultry netting" or "chicken wire" won't work safely for any reptile. What you want goes by many names, but may be called steel mesh, welded wire, or hardware cloth.

    For my larger reptiles, I use 1/2x1/2" galvanized steel mesh. A roll runs less than $10 at most hardware stores.

    What are you housing?
  6. KDogg

    KDogg Member

    I said chicken wire because I didn't know what else to call it.

    I'm currently building an enclosure for my juvenile iguana.

    I want the top to be galvanized steel mesh to house the lights. I'm going to enclose that in a box to retain heat. Do you have a link to the mesh that you use?

    What do you suggest for an exterior stain to use on the plywood?

  7. Dragoness

    Dragoness Elite Member

    If all you need it for is lights, this size is probably best:

    HDX 1/2 in. x 2 ft. x 5 ft. Hardware Cloth-308221HD at The Home Depot

    They do make rolls in larger sizes if you should need them.

    As to the stain, you can use any color you like, or even paint it.

    For the seal, I prefer Minwax Polycrylic. It does the same job as Polyurethane, but it does not smell as bad, and the smell does not linger as long, so the cage is habitable much sooner. You don't wanna stick a critter in a smelly, fume-filled cage.

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