Wire Mesh Holding Units

Background

Wire-mesh holding units are inexpensive and easy to build out of hardware cloth, or galvanized chicken wire (non-galvanized chicken wire won't last as long). Posts provide stability, but don't use posts if you want to access finished compost at the bottom of the pile by lifting the bin.


Wire Mesh


Materials you'll need:

  • 4 pressure-treated lumber or metal posts, 4-5 feet long
  • Heavy wire for ties
  • 13 feet of snow fencing, at least 3 feet tall
Tools you'll need:
  • Heavy-duty wire or tin snips
  • Pliers
  • Hammer (for chicken wire bin)
  • Metal file (for hardware cloth bin)
  • Work gloves
How to build your own hardware cloth unit:
  • Trim ends of hardware cloth so that wires are flush with cross wire.
  • Lightly file each wire along edge to ensure safe handling.
  • Bend hardware cloth into circle.
  • Stand circle in place.
  • Cut heavy wire into lengths for ties.
  • Using pliers, attach ends of hardware cloth together with wire ties.
How to build your own chicken wire unit:
  • To ensure safe handling, fold back 3-4 inches of wire at each end of cut piece.
  • Stand wire in a circle.
  • Set circle in place.
  • Cut heavy wire into lengths for ties.
  • Using pliers, attach ends of chicken wire together with wire ties.
  • Space wood or metal posts around inside of circle.
  • Holding posts tightly against wire, pound firmly into ground.



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