hardware cloth

noun

Definition of hardware cloth

: rugged galvanized screening

Examples of hardware cloth in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Using hardware cloth with ¼-inch mesh, fashion a cylinder about 18 inches in diameter and 24 inches tall. Doug Hall, Good Housekeeping, "7 Tips for Growing Perfect Potatoes," 21 May 2020 Be made of smooth, solid material or one-quarter inch or finer hardware cloth or wire mesh. Erin Stone, azcentral, "Snakes aren't all cold-blooded loners, an ASU researcher says. They have friends, too," 8 June 2020 Use hardware cloth or metal screening with at least a 1.2 mm gauge to ensure strength and durability. Caroline Collins Mckenzie, Country Living, "How to Raise Happy Chickens," 13 Apr. 2020 The hardware cloth above and below the ground helps control the gophers. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "Pleasant Hill battleground: humans vs. ground squirrels," 8 July 2019 If your neighborhood features burrowing animals like voles, staple ¼ or ½-inch hardware cloth to the bottom of the frame to keep them out. Fiona Gilsenan, Popular Mechanics, "How To Build a Raised Garden Bed," 14 Mar. 2020 So for a fence to work, hardware cloth needs to extend down least 2 feet down — the limit the squirrels are willing to tunnel — and the openings in the fence need to be small enough to prevent them pushing through. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "Pleasant Hill battleground: humans vs. ground squirrels," 8 July 2019 Unfortunately, my hardware cloth barrier extends only 6 inches above the ground. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "Pleasant Hill battleground: humans vs. ground squirrels," 8 July 2019 Use 1/4-inch hardware cloth for enclosures instead of chicken wire, which raccoons can easily pull apart and small rodents can squeeze through. Denise Foley, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Raising Backyard Chickens," 14 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of hardware cloth

1894, in the meaning defined above

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“Hardware cloth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hardware%20cloth. Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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