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.