Laying wire questions

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Bamasoflorunner
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Laying wire questions

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Need tips on laying hanger wire. Brazed a few sections horizontally after getting good tension, wire stretches, have a tug but no MiG as option to braze.

Second question. Where are folks in SoFlo source their cage wire? 12 gauge preferred and not HD or Lowe’s.

Thanks in advance!😎

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Galvanized Slickwire used for fencing. 1. Cut into lengths you need to cover the area you need. 2. Put one end into a vise. 3. Put the other end into a handheld drill and hold tension on the wire while spinning the drill. 4. You now have straight wire. FYI you should get a mig..
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Drywall Supply places usually have 10' sticks of 9 and 11ga galvanized hanger wire. I also use the smallest zip ties to hold the wires in place to get layout done then go back and weld/braze each intersection.

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Thank you for the replies, went with 9 gauge wire, def worth it, have one side done

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Brazed it up.

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The boats I help build we just buy 2x4 12ga. fence wire from the feed store. Take a rough measurement of the sections and trim accordingly, then braze.
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I was looking at that route but liked the look of laying it! Back in my pops day they used the 1” by 2” I believe. Many memories on his boat out at the Airboat Assoc off the trail in the 70’s.
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That really looked sweet before you finished ..do you have to have vertical wire per say .I like it without the squares

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It would be safer to run a cage with no wire at all than to run one with just horizontal wire.

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Why is that?

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If you had an open prop an object should strike a blade and in most cases be expelled. With wire big enough to let an object in the article would have a high probability of being retained inside the partial cage and being beaten around like a pin ball. This can lead to one hell of an explosion.

A properly built cage is a critical safety component.

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I must be reading this wrong .wouldn't you want the object to get out of the cage.how would a partial cage hold the object in.vs.squared cage

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I agree a properly built cage is a critical safety component, but I can't grasp how it would be safer to have no wire verses wire only running horizontally.

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It’s not difficult to see the issue with it. You want to run one go for it just stay the hell away from others. Get a 1/8” wire wrapped around that prop from striking an object or a weld breaking from cyclic fatigue and see that happens. I can promise you it will be much worst than if hit cage just passes through or grenades the prop. You will have 3’-4’ lengths of wire with no support making them extremely suspect and cage wire isn’t going to survive the cyclic fatigue. But hey to each his own just don’t put my life in danger cuz you can’t see the issue with it.

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I can see that now

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Never said I wanted to build or run a boat built that way. Only wanted to know your reason. You have a valid reason and if you had explained it the first time I wouldn't have been confused.

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