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wellington womble

Stainless steel (or possibly rigid plastic) mesh

I need some metal or plastic mesh as follows:

13 holes to the inch, or 7 to the cm. 265x382 mm (2 of)
39 holes to the inch or 17 to the cm 265x382 mm (4 of)

I have tried nylon mesh but it's too saggy. I need something more rigid. I can find the right grade of mesh, but it's too small to fit in the boxes. Obviously I can cut a larger sheet down. I'm not comfortable with aluminium for this purpose.

Incidentally, it's to put my meal worms on, so the eggs, beetles, baby worms and grown up worms are kept separate automatically.
onemanband

here you go

Expect delivery on a massively oversize lorry Very Happy
gz

Most ceramics supplies companies sell spare mesh for "lawns" (ie sieves)
Lorrainelovesplants

weldmesh. We have a near complete roll (used for chicken runs), but are too far from you.
wellington womble

here you go

Expect delivery on a massively oversize lorry Very Happy


Bother, they can't do the dimensions I need.

Lorraine, weld mesh would be much too large. The holes I need are 0.5mm and 1-2 mm. My kitchen sieve is closer to 3mm (I could do with some weld mesh for the bottom of my quail run, but you're right, it's an awfully long way!)

I'll try ceramic suppliers next.
onemanband

here you go

Expect delivery on a massively oversize lorry Very Happy


Bother, they can't do the dimensions I need.

............. The holes I need are 0.5mm and 1-2 mm......

You sure ?

Aperture size 0.46mm
Sold by square foot from 1.22m wide roll.
dpack

i happen to be sitting next to a bit of 3 by 2 mm hole flyscreen in stainless steel which might do for the larger size one .i need that bit but if you are stuck pm me and i will pop and have a look in our local hardware emporium ,iirc they had other sizes as well as other materials . Chez

Have you looked on Amazon? Mistress Rose

Very fine meshes are made for silk screen work (they are usually polyester or wire these days). They must have a range of meshes one of which will suit you. Try to go direct to the supplier as art suppliers will probably only have the finer grades. Sorry I can't help further but I haven't done that sort of silk screening for about 40 years. Chez

I was going to try these. You would want 10 or 20 mesh. I know it's not quite long enough, but could you leave 4cm at either end of the original draw bottom?


https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mesh-Woven-Stainless-Steel-sheet/dp/B00B6CBMR6/ref=pd_sim_201_2?ie=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=TK2Z3BQ0AVKCMW3QHVED
Chez

here you go

Expect delivery on a massively oversize lorry Very Happy

Bother, they can't do the dimensions I need.

............. The holes I need are 0.5mm and 1-2 mm......

You sure ?

Aperture size 0.46mm
Sold by square foot from 1.22m wide roll.

Oooh. That looks good.

(I am investigating the same thing as WW)

ETA: It's 35 mesh and 10 mesh.
wellington womble

here you go

Expect delivery on a massively oversize lorry Very Happy

Bother, they can't do the dimensions I need.

............. The holes I need are 0.5mm and 1-2 mm......

You sure ?

Aperture size 0.46mm

Sold by square foot from 1.22m wide roll.

Oooh. That looks good.

(I am investigating the same thing as WW)

ETA: It's 35 mesh and 10 mesh.

I emailed and they replied and said they had nothing in 'them sizes' I found the whole website a pain, which is why I emailed and they said no (I did point out I could cut down larger dimensions)

Amazon and eBay have a couple of places with the right aperture sizes, but all in a4 sheets, which are too small. I've already cut the bottoms, so I need the right sizes. Gah, no wonder I everyone thinks I'm bonkers.
Chez

Ah, I didn't realise you'd already cut them. Could you put the A4 sheets in a frame and attach the frame to the bottom? wellington womble

Possibly. It would be much, much easier to buy sheets the right size, though. How hard can it be?! onemanband



I emailed and they replied and said they had nothing in 'them sizes' I found the whole website a pain, which is why I emailed and they said no (I did point out I could cut down larger dimensions)


Yeh their website does need some work - sods law it's always the bit you want that has no(or the wrong)description. Other than that and the massive lorries, they are a good resource for metal items. I mainly use for handrailing and gate parts. Their mesh accessories might be of interest to some on here - I recently knocked up a rooftop cat run for a customer using mesh and their clips and brackets.

You said nylon mesh is too saggy - what about supporting it in on a sheet of, say, 1inch steel mesh ?
dpack

what ever you eventually use corrosion resistant and easy clean is good for insect cages .

as is construction that prevents skps ,i had many a happy time hunting stick insects, locusts, meal worm beetles ,blue bottles etc etc Embarassed
wellington womble

I must stop sorting them out on the dining table. I removed an escaped worm as we were having dinner with guests yesterday (it's their own fault, we never use the dining table ourselves, the breakfast bar being completely adequate. But FIL has principles about Sitting At The Table For Meals. I CBA finding the wretched table under the days accumuation of stuff (largely his), so it's his own lookout)

I have considered supporting mesh, but I can't think of a good way to secure it. I was using duct tape, but it kept failing and also the worms work their way under the tape, which can't be fun for them and they crunch when you accidentally squish them. Clearly I have a high threshold of icky, as I have worms in my dining room, but I don't like the way they crunch/squish. There's a reason I don't eat prawns.
RichardW

Try contacting engineering companies to make them for you out of stainless sheet. Pilsbury

Try contacting engineering companies to make them for you out of stainless sheet.
you could pm Gareth from on here, he doesn't come in much but he is certianly able to knock them up for you and he may well pick your brains on the keeping and breeding on them...
wellington womble

As in Sally's Gareth? NorthernMonkeyGirl

My only idea is maybe lab or scientific supplies? Fruit flies are a) used a lot and b) need fine mesh? Pilsbury

As in Sally's Gareth?
sorry no there is a member on here with the username Gareth, he doesn't come in often but he is around and an engineer with his own fabricating business.
He is also my sons godfather so I knkw he is an ok bloke lol.
dpack

My only idea is maybe lab or scientific supplies? Fruit flies are a) used a lot and b) need fine mesh?

fruit flies are normally contained in a tube or bottle with a bit of cotton wool . super fine nylon tuille is often used for bigger cages to put the tubes in .
tim_and_nicky

We bred fruit flies in plastic pint glasses with kitchen roll cover secured with an elastic band. It worked well and few escapes.
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