How to Straighten Rolled Wire Mesh

Ever wondered how to straighten rolled wire mesh? Below you can find instructions on how to do it yourself.


  • Experience Required: Medium
  • Tools Required: Protective Wear, Tin Snips
  • Materials Required: Wire Mesh

STEP 1: Unwrap the Wire Mesh


  • Place the roll on a hard flat surface, preferably concrete.
  • Start the process by unwrapping the mesh and removing the wire that holds the roll together. 
  • Have a partner help you by holding the mesh as it will tend to bounce back.


STEP 2: Bend the Loose End Back


  • Push the loose end in the opposite direction to which it tends to curl.
  • Bend it back until the mesh straightens out.


STEP 3: Secure the Straightened End


  • Secure the straightened end of the roll by placing heavy items on it, like concrete blocks or bricks.
  • Make sure that the roll is placed with the loose end remaining on top.


STEP 4: Cut the Mesh to Size


  • Knowing the length you need to use, cut the mesh down with tin snips, wire cutters or even scissors if it’s thin enough.
  • Pull away the roll from the cut down section.


STEP 5: Roll Out the Mesh Completely


  • Grab the end of the cut down section and start rolling it out completely.
  • Pull the mesh while doing this so that it straightens out because of the tension applied to it.


STEP 6: Leave Heavy Objects on It


  • Roll out the mesh until you reach the end of the section you previously cut down from the roll.
  • Keep on placing heavy items where the wire mesh tends to curl back up.
  • Leave them there until the mesh straightens out and keeps that shape.



  • The thicker the wire, the more resistant the mesh will be to being straightened out and will be holding the rolled up shape instead.
  • You may need more or heavier weights to definitively straighten out a heavyweight mesh. 
  • It’s easier if you work with a partner who can prevent the mesh from jumping back to its rolled up state as you move along its length and place the weights on top.




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