Wire mesh on display in NYC: Annette Cords – an extremely talented artist

Lately, many of our blog entries have focused on the technical side of the wire mesh industry. Because the nuts and bolts of wire mesh can be confusing, we wanted to help. So, we created a wire mesh quiz…and even followed up with a pop quiz to further test your wire mesh knowledge. The topic was “Mesh Count,” and many of our customers have informed us how useful and helpful it was in learning about wire mesh.

We hope you got an "A" on your wire mesh quizzes!

We hope you got an “A” on your wire mesh quizzes!

 

As a reward for (presumably) scoring an “A” on these quizzes, this Darby Wire Mesh Blog wants to share with you an extremely talented artist who recently used our wire mesh to create an amazing sculpture. This sculpture was featured at a NY Public Library and was prominently displayed in the Corner Room of the Mid-Manhattan Library on 5th Avenue earlier this year.

Annette Cords - Wire Mesh Sculpture at NY Public Library

Annette Cords – Wire Mesh Sculpture at NY Public Library

Annette Cords was born in Germany, raised both in Germany and the US, and currently resides in New York City. Feel free to visit her website at: http://annettecords.net/. We recently interviewed Annette to discuss her inspiration, her approach to art and her project at the NY Public Library.

Annette Cords - Wire Mesh Sculpture

Annette Cords – Wire Mesh Sculpture

 

Annette Cords - Wire Mesh Sculpture

Annette Cords – Wire Mesh Sculpture

What is your favorite piece of art?

My taste in art is broad and eclectic, which makes it really hard to call one piece my favorite. I love Indian Miniature Paintings – the PMA (Philadelphia Museum of Art) has some beautiful pieces – to Minimalist work like John McCracken’s Planks.

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia Museum of Art

 

McCracken's Planks

McCracken’s Planks

Who is your favorite artist?

Again, there are so many artists who have done and are doing interesting work. I was just thinking and reading about Robert Irwin the other day…

 

Name your top 3 favorite museums in the world?

MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) in NYC, Berlin’s Gemäldegalerie, Palazzo Fortuny in Venice

Berlin's Gemäldegalerie

Berlin’s Gemäldegalerie

 

How would you describe your style with respect to art?

I don’t think about my work as being linked to a specific style, but rather to a certain approach. Doing art is a way for me to interact with the world around me. A project usually starts with questions and hunches, and the need to make connections through doing the work. Often I balance an interest in the networked and digital aspects of our lives with processes that involve the hand. Frequently, science inspires me and serves as a point of departure for my work.

 

What characteristics were important to you in selecting a mesh?

Because I was going to paint the mesh, I wanted smaller openings. I wanted the mesh to function like a floating field of color. I was also interested in using both welded and woven mesh, as woven mesh drapes more and welded mesh retains its shape to a greater extent.

 

How did you form the mesh? And how did you play with color and texture?

Forming the mesh involved a combination of working with gravity, applying physical force and occasionally getting a second set of hands to help out. I stitched certain parts together with wire and then started painting the forms with brushes.

Welded and Woven Wire Mesh, Painted and Formed into Shapes

Welded and Woven Wire Mesh, Painted and Formed into Shapes

 

Is your project on display at the NY Public Library inspired by anything specific?

The Corner Room of the Mid-Manhattan Library has views onto 5th Avenue and the windows frame the activity on the street. Sitting there and seeing an endless stream of people walk by is fascinating and very much like watching an ongoing series of short movies. Observing this movement made me think about how we often view time and space as fixed coordinates between which life takes place. Time and space can be seen as the x and y axis in a diagram. Or they can also be described in more malleable terms: as a grid that has been curved by gravity. It was this concept of time that interested me and that I wanted to explore through the installation.

 

Annette Cords - Wire Mesh Sculpture

Annette Cords – Wire Mesh Sculpture

Editor’s Note: We really enjoyed our discussion with Annette, and we sincerely appreciated that she shared her perspective and insight into her talents.  We hope we get to work with her again. Again, please visit her website for more information: http://annettecords.net/

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Is Wire Mesh Sexy? (Answer: No.)

Did you know that the Super Bowl is one of the most watched annual sporting events in the world? We at Darby Wire Mesh bet that not only did you know that, but that you’ll also be watching the game on Sunday.

2014 Super Bowl

2014 Super Bowl is played in New York…or New Jersey, depending upon whom you ask.

And, to no one’s surprise, marketers do too! That is why, according to www.forbes.com, the cost for a 30 second TV commercial during the 2014 Super Bowl between the Seahawks and Broncos is $4 Million.

 

Super Bowl XLVIII: Denver Broncos vs. Seattle Seahawks

Super Bowl XLVIII: Denver Broncos vs. Seattle Seahawks

Some of the commercials that you will see during the Super Bowl will certainly make you laugh; others will likely melt your heart. And come Monday morning, everyone will be talking about these commercials.

 

This baby in Astronaut Gear is sure to melt your heart.

Awww…This baby in Astronaut Gear is sure to melt your heart. And maybe make you giggle.

We at Darby Wire Mesh also assume that you will also see an advertisement with a scantily clad woman promoting a beer or a handsome man selling yogurt.  In other words, these commercial spots attempt to sell a product or promote a brand through sex.

 

Kate Upton is a scantily clad young lady

Kate Upton is a scantily clad young lady

 

John Stamos is good looking guy!

John Stamos is good looking guy!

 

Darby Wire Mesh never believed we would see the day when someone attempted to make Wire Mesh sexy, but it has happened. Originally brought to our attention by www.kotaku.com, a website that follows the video gaming industry, it appears there is a Taiwanese Wire Mesh Company that is using Sex to sell Wire Mesh!

 

Below, please find some of the photos a Taiwanese company uses to promote its wire mesh, and to read the article, click here: http://kotaku.com/proof-that-sexy-advertising-is-plain-silly-1511431464

A sexy model poses with Galvanized Welded Wire Mesh....which we find a bit odd.

A sexy model poses with Galvanized Welded Wire Mesh….which we find a bit odd.

 

Another photo of a sexy model showing off some wire mesh samples....or a diamond woven wire mesh, or even an expanded metal. We can't tell...

Another photo of a sexy model showing off some wire mesh samples….or a diamond woven wire mesh, or even an expanded metal. We can’t tell…too much focus on the model, not enough on the mesh!

 

So this sexy model is showcasing what appears to be a knitted mesh...and by Darby's standards, really isn't tried and true wire mesh.

So this sexy model is showcasing what appears to be a knitted mesh…and by Darby’s standards, we consider knitted mesh an off-shoot product of the wire mesh we specialize in.

At Darby Wire Mesh, there is no need for us to resort to sex in order to sell wire mesh. Here’s our bottom line: Darby Wire Mesh is one of the country’s preeminent and most trusted suppliers of woven and welded wire mesh, and we have been for over 150 years. As a family owned and operated company, we are dedicated to serving our customers, from the large industrial user to the small machine shop (and everyone in between).  Our knowledge of the national and global industry is second to none; and our expertise in our products can assist you in finding the right wire mesh for your application. 

We believe that we do not need to use sex to sell wire mesh…plus, I do not think you want to see this blog in a swimsuit!

Okay, okay...this isn't Darby Wire Mesh, but you get the idea :-)

Okay, okay…this isn’t Darby Wire Mesh, but you get the idea :-)

 

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Surprise!!! Darby Wire Mesh Announces a POP QUIZ!

Back in October 2013, Darby Wire Mesh presented a first of its kind – the first Wire Mesh Quiz. In this quiz, we went over the basics of mesh count; and after a few illustrations, we tested you, our website visitor. Based on your results, we learned that many of you are well on your way to becoming wire mesh experts.

Wire Mesh Pop Quiz

Darby Wire Mesh Presents a Wire Mesh Pop Quiz!

Surprise! Right now, we are pleased to announce our first ever POP QUIZ! And make no bones about it: this one is a doozy!

 

To refresh your memory, mesh is defined as: “the number of wires or openings per linear inch (25.4 mm), counted from the center of any wire to a point exactly 1 in. (25.4 mm) distant, including the fractional distance between either thereof.” (ASTM 2016-06). If you want to do some last minute studying, visit Darby’s original quiz, here.

 

So, let’s get to it. This pop quiz will consist of four (4) questions, and be warned, questions #3 and #4 are difficult!

Question #1:

What is the mesh count in the photo below?

Copper Woven Wire Mesh

 

Answer: 4 x 4 Mesh

The mesh in this photo is a Copper Woven Wire Mesh, 4 x 4 Mesh / .047” Diameter Wire (Darby Item #4CU.047PL). This particular mesh can be used in many different applications; some of these include in strainers, as gutter guards, and even in sculptures.

Question #2:

What is the mesh count in the photo below?

 

T-304 Stainless Steel Welded Wire Mesh

T-304 Stainless Steel Welded Wire Mesh

Answer: 2 x 2 Mesh

The mesh in this photo is a T-304 Stainless Steel Welded Wire Mesh, 2 x 2 Mesh /.063” Diameter Wire (Darby Item #2304.063WD).  In this case, there are two squares per linear inch, each one measuring ½” squares. In fact, often times 2 x 2 Mesh is sometimes referred to ½” x ½” Mesh, to avoid confusion.

 

This particular mesh is one of Darby Wire Mesh’s best sellers; it is extremely versatile and can be used in hundreds of applications. Perhaps one of its most popular uses is in caging and enclosure applications. As long as a critter can’t fit through the .437” opening, you should be set!

Question #3:

What is the mesh count in the photo below?

Galvanized Welded Wire Mesh

Galvanized Welded Wire Mesh

Answer: 2” x 2” Mesh (Center to Center)

The mesh in this photo is a Galvanized Before Welded Wire Mesh, 2” x 2” Mesh / .135” Diameter Wire (Darby Item #2”GA.135WD). This question might have tripped you up, so here’s the explanation: Remember, Mesh Count is the measurement of squares per linear inch. In this case, when measuring from the centers of the wire, you’ll register a 2” x 2” Mesh.

In the wire mesh industry, when specifying material, there is a BIG difference between 2 x 2 Mesh and 2” x 2” Mesh.  Again, 2 x 2 Mesh has 2 (two) squares per linear inch, while a 2” x 2” Mesh has an opening size of 2” less the diameter wire. In this case, the clear opening size is 1.865”. See? BIG difference.

Question #4:

What is the mesh count (or opening size) in the photo below?

T-304 Stainless Steel Woven Wire Mesh - Lock Crimp, Custom Manufactured Item

T-304 Stainless Steel Woven Wire Mesh – Lock Crimp, Custom Manufactured Item

Answer: 2” x 2” Opening

The mesh in this photo is a T-304 Stainless Steel Woven Wire Mesh, Lock Crimp Weave, 2” x 2” Opening Size (Clear) / .250” Diameter Wire (Custom Weaving & Manufacturing). This particular mesh is a heavy duty, custom manufactured woven wire mesh, which can be used in infill panels, among other things.

So, this question was the tricky one. In the wire mesh industry, we can also specify mesh by the clear opening size, and this is the case with Question #4. More often than not, customers will specify if they require a clear opening size for their wire mesh applications. 1” x 1” Opening Size, 1-1/2” x 1-1/2” Opening Size and 2” x 2” Opening Size are the often requested.

That wraps up your POP Quiz. We hope you “aced” it!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us, via email at: sales@darbywiremesh.com.

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Happy Thanksgiving from Darby Wire Mesh!!!

Darby Wire Mesh would like to take this opportunity to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving from Darby Wire Mesh

Happy Thanksgiving from Darby Wire Mesh

 

We at Darby Wire Mesh are very thankful for the many relationships we have enjoyed over the almost 160 years we have been in business. We firmly believe that our customers are the cornerstone of our success, and we appreciate each and everyone one of you. We will continue to work hard to earn your continued business.

As you know, Wire Mesh and Wire Cloth are constantly used in thousands of different applications. As it turns out, Wire Mesh helps make Thanksgiving possible for thousands!

Many of our customers use various Welded Wire Mesh specifications for fencing and enclosure applications; this certainly includes using wire mesh to fence in everyone’s favorite Thanksgiving bird – the turkey!!!

The two images below show two (2) different types of Welded Wire Mesh that can be used as fencing and enclosures.

 

Turkey behind Welded Wire Mesh

Turkey behind Welded Wire Mesh

The mesh in the above photo appears to be a 2″ x 4″ Galvanized Welded Wire Mesh with White PVC Coating. While White PVC Coating is generally a custom (or after-market) option, Black PVC Coated Welded Wire Mesh is usually available from stock at Darby Wire Mesh and can be purchased in 100FT Rolls.

You can review the product specifications of this type of mesh by clicking: http://catalog.darbywiremesh.com/item/mesh-by-application/mesh-for-caging-enclosures-and-fencing-2/item-4497. This Black PVC Coated Galvanized Welded Wire Mesh adds extra corrosion resistance, and therefore, a longer lifespan.

Turkey Standing on Fence with Welded Wire Mesh Panels

Turkeys Standing on Fence with Welded Wire Mesh Panels

The turkeys in the above photo are standing on a fence that is made with Welded Wire Mesh panels. In all likelihood, these Welded Wire Mesh panels are comprised of Plain Steel and fastened to the railing. These Plain Steel Welded Wire Mesh sheets are usually purchased in multiple quantities from Darby Wire Mesh to defray the freight costs.

So, friends, there you have it. In our biased view, without Wire Mesh, the Thanksgiving dinner table would be a lot more empty!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Darby Wire Mesh Presents a Wire Mesh “Quiz”

One of the most important criteria in selecting the “right” mesh for your specific application is to determine your mesh or opening size. According to ASTM 2016-06, which sets forth the standard specifications for Industrial Woven Wire Cloth, mesh is defined as: “the number of wires or openings per linear inch (25.4 mm), counted from the center of any wire to a point exactly 1 in. (25.4 mm) distant, including the fractional distance between either thereof.”

In layman’s terms, mesh is simply the number of squares per linear inch. So, if you were to measure across one inch, your mesh, or mesh count, is the number of squares in that one linear inch. When measuring your one inch, it is important that your starting point is at the center of any wire.

For example, the mesh shown below is a 4 Mesh:

 

This mesh has 4 Squares per linear inch; this is a 4 x 4 Mesh

This mesh has 4 Squares per linear inch; this is a 4 x 4 Mesh

 

Now, it’s your turn to take Darby’s first ever Wire Mesh Quiz!

Below are four (4) photos, each with a ruler (in INCHES) that has been properly positioned. You must identify the mesh count, and if you click on the photo, you will see an enlargement of the photo. Answers are listed at the bottom.  Good luck!!!

#1: What is the Mesh Count in this Photo?

What is the Mesh Count?

What is the Mesh Count?

#2: What is the Mesh Count in this Photo?

What is the Mesh Count?

What is the Mesh Count?

#3: What is the Mesh Count in this Photo?

What is the Mesh Count?

What is the Mesh Count?

#4: What is the Mesh Count in this Photo?

What is the Mesh Count?

What is the Mesh Count?

 

How did you do?
Here are the Answers: #1: 2 x 2 Mesh, #2: 10 x 10 Mesh, #3: 16 x 16 Mesh, #4: 8 x 8 Mesh

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How Wire Mesh is Stocked and How it is Sold

We recommend that any individual looking to purchase Wire Mesh – and who may be unfamiliar with how to purchase Wire Mesh – familiarize him/herself with the following, which details how Wire Mesh is stocked and, in turn, how Wire Mesh is sold:

At Darby Wire Mesh, we routinely stock about 2,000 different Wire Mesh specifications. These various Wire Meshes are in stock and are able to ship immediately. As a long-established company within the wire mesh and wire cloth industry, Darby Wire Mesh specializes in stocking the following: Both Welded and Woven Stainless Steel Wire Mesh, Aluminum Wire Mesh, Brass Wire Mesh, Bronze Wire Mesh, Copper Wire Mesh, Galvanized Wire Mesh, Monel Wire Mesh and Plain Steel Wire Mesh.

For example, let us look at: T-304 Stainless Steel Woven Wire Mesh, 10 x 10 Mesh / .047” Diameter Wire – Darby Item #10304.047PL. This particular Wire Mesh is a heavy duty and extremely rigid mesh often used as a security mesh in correctional facilities. This mesh, like many others, is manufactured and stocked in full, 100FT rolls, in varying widths, like 36”, 48” and 60” wide.

10 x 10 Mesh /.047" Dia. Wire. T-304 Stainless Steel, Darby Item #10304.047PL

10 x 10 Mesh /.047″ Dia. Wire. T-304 Stainless Steel, Darby Item #10304.047PL (Magnified)

 

48" wide and 36" wide (Left to Right) of partial rolls of T-304 SS Woven Wire Mesh, 10 x 10 Mesh / .047" Dia. Wire

48″ wide and 36″ wide (Left to Right) of partial rolls of T-304 SS Woven Wire Mesh, 10 x 10 Mesh / .047″ Dia. Wire

Depending on a customer’s requirement, this material can be sold in full, 100FT Roll form. It can also be cut down to smaller, easier to handle pieces, say 10FT or 25FT. Also, we offer a wide array of fabrication services, including punching, cutting and bending. In order to quote on this type of fabricated part, our estimating department will request a print or sample so that we thoroughly review your request and quote accordingly.

Otherwise, if you let us know your desired quantity, we can quickly work up pricing and delivery information. Insider Tip #1: You will always receive your best SQFT price with the more quantity you purchase. Because material is stocked in full, 100FT rolls, there is no labor or waste associated with your purchase.

It is also important to note that some Woven and Welded Wire Meshes can only be purchased in full, 100FT rolls. Often times, these particular meshes are some of the least expensive meshes we carry.

Finally, pricing and availability are always based on quantity required, so it is always very important to know how much mesh you will require for your application. Generally speaking, our website delineates each and every mesh that may be available, both from stock and available for custom manufacturing. Insider Tip #2: If possible, when a relatively small quantity is needed, we suggest that a customer opt for stocked wire mesh, and here’s why: Custom manufacturing can be extremely expensive, especially if a few 100FT rolls are not needed. Finding a suitable alternative from stock will keep costs down and improve lead-time significantly.

And as always, should you have any questions, feel free to contact us via phone, fax or email.

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Wire Mesh Can Help You Overcome Your Biggest Fear!

Public Speaking.

Most people cite that Public Speaking is their biggest fear in life.

Public Speaking is a Common Fear

Public Speaking is a Common Fear

In fact, here’s what Jerry Seinfeld had to say about it: “I read a thing that actually says that speaking in front of a crowd is considered the number one fear of the average person. I found that amazing – number two was death! That means to the average person, if you have to be at a funeral, you would rather be IN the casket than doing the eulogy.”

Seinfeld: "What is the DEAL with Public Speaking?"

Seinfeld: “What is the DEAL with Public Speaking?”

One of the most common pieces of advice given to a nervous person before giving a speech is picture the audience naked.  And unsettling at that might be, Darby Wire Mesh offers this alternative piece of advice when public speaking: Focus on the Wire Mesh!

Yes! You heard us right. While walking up to the microphone, take a deep breath and look at the microphone.  What you will see is a Woven Wire Mesh.

Woven Wire Mesh used in a Microphone

Woven Wire Mesh used in a Microphone

Woven Wire Mesh, or Woven Wire Cloth as it is sometimes referred to, is often used in a Microphone for two reasons.  For starters, the Woven Wire Mesh protects the internal components of the microphone. Also, Wire Mesh, by virtue of its opening size, prevents the “hard” sounds that impact the quality of the recording.

When selecting what particular mesh will work best, it is important to first identify what material is ideal. Throughout the years, we have had customer opt for Stainless Steel Woven Wire Mesh, Brass Woven Wire Mesh and even Bronze Woven Wire Mesh.  Woven Wire Mesh – as opposed to Welded Wire Mesh – is mostly preferred due to its ability to bend and form a bit more easily than Welded Mesh. Also, there are many more combinations of Mesh Count and Diameter Wire for Woven Wire Mesh than Welded Wire Mesh.

Secondly, it is important to determine the mesh count. (Note: Measuring across 1” and counting the number of squares in one linear inch will yield your mesh count).  In the photo above, the mesh appears to be a 6 x 6 Mesh with a .035” Diameter Wire. Third, it is time to select your diameter wire.  Usually, we recommend starting with the standard or market grade.

So, there you have it. When asked (or forced) to public speak, take a deep breath and focus on the Wire Mesh you see in the microphone!

Woven Wire Mesh Used in a Microphone

Woven Wire Mesh Used in a Microphone

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Bellissima! Industrial Welded Wire Mesh Re-imagined into Fencing in Italy

A longtime friend of Darby Wire Mesh – and a big supporter of the Darby Wire Mesh Blog – contacted us a few weeks ago and brought to our attention something very unique and cool. We, at Darby Wire Mesh, would like to share this impressive Welded Wire Mesh application with our website visitors.

Andrea Rekalidis is an industrial designer based out of Turin, Italy, and, by all accounts, he is extremely talented. In fact, he was recently named a winner at the 2012 Sun.Lab competition, an event in which young designers are encouraged to explore new ways to think about outdoor living.

Andrea’s project is named Piantalà and is described as: “a partition made from metal rod which graphically portrays the outlines of a traditional white picket fence. Each module is made-up of a grid-like formation reminiscent of a standard chain link fence and can be planted directly into the ground or into pots, allowing for numerous configurations.” (Source:  www.designboom.com)

Welded Wire Mesh Used in Piantala

Welded Wire Mesh Used in Piantala

As this point, this product is still in its prototype stage, but, as a manufacturer and distributor of Wire Mesh, it’s fun to hypothesize what Andrea could have used, from a Wire Mesh point of view, to create this product!

For starters, it appears that the entire product has been painted, or better yet, coated white in color. Some other images also show other colors.

Welded Wire Mesh Used in Piantala

Welded Wire Mesh Used in Piantala

As for the Wire Mesh used, it appears, based solely on these images, that Andrea is using a 1” x 1” Square Welded Wire Mesh. What makes the construction of this product unique is that this material needed to be cut on a precise angle so that the diamond orientation could be achieved as it is placed or fabricated into the frame.

In terms of diameter wire, the jury here at Darby Wire Mesh is split as to the diameter wire. On one hand, we have the opinion that the wire used is .080” Diameter, or #14 Gauge Wire.  On the other hand, the wire used in this application could be .063” Diameter, or #16 Gauge Wire.

The advantages of using a #14 Ga. (.080” Diameter) Wire could be added strength and rigidity, as compared to the #16 Ga. As a heavier diameter wire, it would also be tougher to work with and, generally speaking, a bit more expensive.

The #16 Ga. (.063” Diameter) Wire would be less expensive and easier to cut and easier to work with, but as you might expect, because the wire is a bit thinner, it would not be as rigid or strong as the heavier diameter wire.

 

Welded Wire Mesh: 1" x 1" Mesh - .063" Dia. (On Left) vs. .080" Dia. (On Right)

Welded Wire Mesh: 1" x 1" Mesh -.063" Dia. (On Left) vs. .080" Dia. (On Right)

The final piece of the puzzle is identifying what metal or alloy Andrea chose to use. Based on availability in the United States, our best guess is a Galvanized Welded Wire Mesh.  The Welded Construction of this Wire Mesh is a no-brainer – you can clearly see that this mesh is not Woven.  Stainless Steel Welded, while a superior product compared to Galvanized in many ways, might create too high of a price point to make the product feasible.  And because it is coated, anyway, using Stainless Steel Welded might prove unnecessary.

So, to summarize, we at Darby Wire Mesh believe that the Welded Wire Mesh used in this applications is: Galvanized Before Welded Wire Mesh, 1″ x 1″ Mesh / .080″ Diameter Wire (Darby Item #1GA.080WD) or Galvanized Before Welded Wire Mesh, 1″ x 1″ Mesh / .063″ Diameter Wire (#1GA.063WD).

Finally, Darby Wire Mesh has no relationship with this very talented industrial designer or the product, Piantalà. We found this product very unique and well designed, and as company that has operated more than 150 years in this industry, we were intrigued. The specifications offered in this write-up are educated guesses, and no way constitute first-hand or direct knowledge of this product. We kindly ask that if you have any specific questions related to this product or design, please visit Andrea’s website at: http://www.andrearekalidis.it/ .  For any of your wire mesh requirements, feel free to contact us, here.

Welded Wire Mesh Used in Piantala

Welded Wire Mesh Used in Piantala

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Darby Wire Mesh Welcomes Spring!!! Wire Mesh Commonly Used in Outdoor Applications

April is here – and while it’s still a tad chilly here in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – April’s arrival signifies that Spring is in full swing!

Flowers through a Rusty Wire Mesh Fence

2" x 2" Opening / .250" Diameter Wire Plain Steel Welded Wire Mesh Panel Used as a Fence with Spring Flowers

If you’re anything like us at Darby Wire Mesh, when the weather warms ups, we find ourselves spending more and more time outdoors.  In honor of Spring, in today’s blog installment, we will highlight a handful of Wire Meshes that are used in Outdoor Applications.

Galvanized Welded Wire Mesh for Fences & Enclosures

Galvanized Welded Wire Mesh, both in the Galvanized Before Welded and in the Galvanized After Welded form, are popular Wire Meshes that are commonly used in fencing or enclosure applications.  What makes this product, in general, so attractive is its low price and durability.  The Galvanization process applies a protective zinc coating in order to prevent rusting.

Galvanized Before Welded Wire Mesh used in a Fencing Application

Galvanized Before Welded Wire Mesh, 2" x 4" Mesh / .099" Diameter Wire, Used in a Fencing Application. Darby Item #2"x4"GA.099WD

Also, because this type of Welded Wire Mesh is available in numerous different specifications (i.e., opening size and diameter wire), there will likely be a specification that will meet your exact requirement.  First things first, we recommend that potential customers determine what opening size will work best for your application.  If you’re looking to keep out small critters or varmint, a Galvanized Welded Wire Mesh with a ½” Mesh size should work.

Bill Murray with Gopher

Gophers can be a big problem! Ask Bill Murray's character from the movie, Caddyshack

Here’s a Galvanized After Welded Mesh in action – it will attempt to ward off varmints:

Hardware Cloth - Gopher

Galvanized After Welded Hardware Cloth - Darby Item #2GA.041WD - Used to Ward Off Varmints, like Gophers and Groundhogs. Note: A heavier version with a more substantial diameter wire is available. (Darby Item #2GA.063WD)

Need a larger opening size?  1” x 1” and 2” x 2”, as well as others, are available.  For a complete run down of various specifications, please visit: Darby Wire Mesh, Mesh Used in Fencing, Enclosures & Caging.

Galvanized Wire Mesh Used in Beekeeping Applications

Darby Wire Mesh has long been considered one of the experts in the Wire Mesh industry.  Almost on a daily basis, we receive a phone call from an individual, on behalf of himself or his company, telling us that he tried “such-and-such company” and that company, unable to help him, directed him to us!  We are always happy to help when we can!  However, in this case of Galvanized Wire Mesh used in Beekeeping Applications, our customers have educated us.

By and large, those looking to use Galvanized Wire Mesh for their bees, tend to use only a few Galvanized Wire Mesh specifications.  These are Darby Items #5GA.023PL, #6GA.020PL, and #8GA.017PL.  When making the decision which roll of mesh will work best for you, it’s critical to analyze the clear opening sizes of the mesh.  In other words, what clear opening size best suits your requirement? Click here to compare these three Galvanized Woven Wire Meshes.

Bee on Woven Wire Mesh - Photo from My ArtistSoul's Flicker Page

Another advantage of these meshes from Darby Wire Mesh is the method by which they are manufactured.  Darby Wire Mesh, when possible, opts to use a Galvanizing After process, which allows a Woven Mesh to behave like a Welded Mesh in that it is more stiff and stable, as compared to a Galvanized Before product.

We encourage all potential customers for this type of material to conduct their own research both online and in their own communities.  Websites like, http://www.americanbeejournal.com/, represent a good resource.

Wire Mesh for Your Outdoor Fire Pit

Imagine this: You’re sitting on your outdoor patio in the early evening.  The sun has set, and there’s a slight chill in the air.  You light up your outdoor fire pit, pour you and your guests some hot chocolate and relax in a comfy chair.  Sounds nice, doesn’t it?

Outside Fire Pit

Outside Fire Pit

Oftentimes, individuals want a protective cover over their fire pit. Many times, these customers contact us for a suitable wire mesh so that they can build it themselves.  There are many Wire Mesh options that a customer can use for this application, but depending on the type of metal or alloy you wish to use, there are a handful of meshes that tend to be very popular with our customers.

Plain Steel is a popular choice for many because it is dark in color and can be painted very easily.  Plain Steel will also rust in an outdoor environment, and many customers like the rust color that will eventually occur.  It is also the most affordable of all of the options and can be cut to size.  In terms of opening sizes, the most commonly used specification for a standard Fireplace Screen is the 8 x 8 Mesh /.028” Diameter WireThis product is always a safe bet.

Decreasing your mesh count, while keeping the diameter wire constant, as in Darby Item #6PS.028PL is also a viable option.  Compared to the 8 x 8 Mesh, a 6 x 6 Mesh will offer more visibility  but potentially less protection from sparks and embers.  In some cases, a customer might even opt to use a 1/4″ mesh (4 x 4 Mesh), 1/3″ mesh (3 x 3 Mesh) or even 1/2″ Mesh (2 x 2 Mesh).

Woven Wire Mesh Screen for Fire Pit

Woven Wire Mesh Screen for Fire Pit

Other materials that customers have used in an outdoor fire pit application include: T-304 Stainless Steel, Copper Woven Wire Mesh, Bronze Woven Wire Mesh, and Brass Woven Wire Mesh. In these cases, as with most cases, the key in determining the appropriate mesh for your specific application is identifying the clear opening size.  Just keep in mind, a larger opening size, all other things equal, translates to higher visibility and less spark retention.  And finally, to be clear, Darby Wire Mesh will only supply the mesh needed to build your own fire pit cover.

Wire Mesh used in Fire Pit

Wire Mesh used in Fire Pit

We at Darby Wire Mesh remind you to be safe when operating a fire pit – and follow all local ordinances and regulations.  Visit this link for more information: Reasons for Using Fire Pit Screens & Local Codes.

 

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Darby Wire Mesh Offers Blind Shipments & Blanket Orders for Industrial Users

Darby Wire Mesh offers specialized services to assist in the day to day business operations of industrial users of Wire Mesh and Wire Cloth.  For detailed information on these services, please visit: Other Wire Mesh Services.

 

As a closely held business for almost 160 years, Edward J. Darby & Son, Inc. has not and will not sacrifice any temporary, short term gain for our reputation and long term customer satisfaction.  Resultantly, Darby Wire Mesh has been at the forefront of offering Blind Shipments to our customers.

Copper Wire Mesh Prepped for Blind Shipment

Copper Wire Mesh Prepped for Blind Shipment

Trust us: We get it!

It happens from time to time, to virtually every business: due to unforeseen circumstances, material needs to get to the customer “yesterday”.  In order to save time and money in transit – and keep the customer happy – Darby Wire Mesh will often ship material BLIND and DIRECT to your customer, no questions asked.  With specially designed computer software, Darby will ship your Wire Mesh with no indication that Darby is the supplier.  Again, a company like ours does not survive for over 150 years without respecting and adhering to the business philosophy of treating our customers right.


Darby Wire Mesh also offers qualified industrial users the opportunity to enter into Blanket Order agreements on virtually any type of wire mesh or wire cloth, to include Stainless Steel Welded Wire Mesh and Copper Woven Wire Mesh, to name a few.  The advantages of choosing Darby Wire Mesh to supply your Blanket Order requirements are numerous:

  • Significant Cost Savings – Purchasing Wire Mesh with a 6 month or 12 month Blanket Order entitles the customer to significant price breaks on material and favorable payment terms.

 

  • Wire Mesh Availability – Blanket Orders guarantee that your Wire Mesh specifications will be in stock and reserved for you.  Material will ship as per your release schedule – and ahead of time, if needed.

 

  • Quality Concerns are Reduced - Selecting a reputable and well-established company, like Darby Wire Mesh, to produce and provide your Wire Mesh ensures the consistent quality you demand.
Blanket Order: Darby Wire Mesh

Blanket Orders Offered by Darby Wire Mesh

If you are interested in exploring the options of a Blanket Order, feel free to contact us at: sales@darbywiremesh.com. Should you be interested in a Blind Shipment, please talk to one of our knowledgeable sales people.

 

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