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Different types of chicken mesh for plastering.

Different types of mesh used in plastering are as follows.

1. Metal wired mesh:

 a. Chicken wire mesh:

The name, chicken wire mesh is used as they are used to fence the fouls or chickens in the poultry industry. These meshes have hexagonal or honeycomb-shaped openings, made of galvanized flexible wires.

Chicken wire mesh is a widely used material to reinforce plastering at masonry junctions. The flexibility, shape, & specific properties of these materials make them a more convenient material to choose for plastering work. 

b. Welded wire lath:

They are manufactured by spot welding the wire lath at the junctions, running perpendicular to each other. Welded wire lath is an alternative product to rib metal lath & performs better than rib type.

Welded wire laths are used mainly as plaster reinforcement, in partition walls, in stucco, & in cladding works.

They are mainly available as flat welded wire laths & self-furring welded wire laths.

c. Welded wire mesh:

Welded wire mesh is made of either low-carbon steel or galvanized materials. The diameter of mesh wires ranges between 0.4mm. to 1.5mm.

They are perfect to be used as a reinforcement material over uneven & rough walls before plastering. The mesh should be nailed at regular intervals to firmly attach them over the surface without a gap.

They can be widely used over the surface of all types of brick materials. 

The roll length of these wire mesh ranges from 15m. to 50m.

d. Sheet metal lath:

Sheet metal lath is formed by expanding a perforated metal sheet. They are made in two varieties such as diamond metal lath & ribbed metal lath. 

They are used in the case of pumped or sprayed plaster applications. 

In industrial walls, where there is a constant vibration of the machinery, they act as a good reinforcement for walls to prevent vibrational cracks.

e. Expanded metal mesh:

They are manufactured by expanding single pieces of material such as stainless steel, mild steel, aluminum, etc. They are primarily used in facade & cladding works.

 The irregular surface of the expanded metal gets keyed into the plaster to form a good bond & provide a robust strength to the adhered surface.

Expanded metal mesh is most suitable to prevent cracks arising due to temperature variation & humidity fluctuations.

f. Linked chain mesh:

Linked chain mesh is made of low-carbon steel or galvanized wires. The zig-zag pattern wires are woven to form the mesh of the required size. They form diamond-shaped openings after weaving. The size of these openings varies from 5mm. to 25mm.

They are mainly used as a reinforcement to walls before plastering.

2. Fiberglass plaster mesh:

Fiberglass plaster mesh is a lightweight alternative to chicken wire mesh. The main advantage of these materials over metal meshes is their resistance to alkalies & they do not rust.

Fiberglass plaster mesh has high resistance to tearing & stretching & does not decompose over time. Similar to chicken wire mesh, they protect the surface from cracking & improves the bond strength of the plaster. 

3. Plastic wire mesh:

Plastic wire meshes are best suitable for the fast-drying types of dry mix plastering. We can use them for both interior & exterior plastering works. 

These meshes come with a wide variety of openings such as square, rectangle, diamond, hexagonal, etc.

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