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>> Where to buy heavy duty mesh wire for making diy crab snare? [topic: previous/next]
PostPosted: Sat Nov 11, 2017 9:53 pm
sphunfishing


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Anyone knows where I can find some 16 gauge 1/2" X 1/2" mesh wire for making crab traps? All I see at Homedepot/Lowes/Orchards are 19 gauge wires. The 16 gauge wires that they carry have large openings, so it wouldn't work for crab snares. I search Amazon, and did found one, but it's in bulk roll, $180. Way overkill on that roll. It probably last me a life time.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 12, 2017 3:13 pm
Sofa King


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Location: Danville Ca.

Howard wire cloth has it but ya gotta buy 100ft at a time.
Orchard Supply used to have it but since they changed their style I cant find it there either.
Or you can just get premade Proven Performance Sofa King Snares from me.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 12, 2017 9:12 pm
Trumbo


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Id highly recommend just buying them pre made. It wasnt worth my time. And talk about sore hands and knuckles. Maybe the pros have tools more suited for the job. Never again.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 13, 2017 5:52 am
sphunfishing


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Trumbo wrote:
Id highly recommend just buying them pre made. It wasnt worth my time. And talk about sore hands and knuckles. Maybe the pros have tools more suited for the job. Never again.


I enjoy DIY in general. It's a hobby. I also pour my own sinkers, jigs, and tie my own flies. Years ago, I used to build my own custom rod, with fancy cross wraps. As for tools, I've already have a bunch. If you don't already have the tools, I can see why it's not a good route to go.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 13, 2017 6:29 am
sphunfishing


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I just did some math to see how much it cost to make one snare.
Grass Trimmer $1.20 (cost for 6 feet of trimmer wire)
Crimp Sleeves $.18 (cost for 8 crimp sleeves)
Ring Eyes $.33 (cost for 6 ring eyes)
Wire Mesh $.13 (1/2" X 1" 16 gague @ $25.38/25feet roll)

So, it's $1.80 per snare to make.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 6:49 am
jgy


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Location: East Bay

sphunfishing wrote:
I just did some math to see how much it cost to make one snare.
Grass Trimmer $1.20 (cost for 6 feet of trimmer wire)
Crimp Sleeves $.18 (cost for 8 crimp sleeves)
Ring Eyes $.33 (cost for 6 ring eyes)
Wire Mesh $.13 (1/2" X 1" 16 gague @ $25.38/25feet roll)

So, it's $1.80 per snare to make.


And folks sell them for $5 already made. How much is your time worth?
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 11:33 am
sphunfishing


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It's a fun hobby for me, so I don't mind the time spent. I could make 3 in an hour. I saw a guy selling the snares at Pacifica Pier a week ago for $5. Those are the ugliest and crappiest snares I've ever seen. There is another guy that sells snares, and he charge $12. The $12 ones are really pro quality. I can purchase the pro one no problem, but I like the satisfaction of making my own. It's a fun hobby to do in the evening. It's not for everyone.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 5:26 pm
VeeZee Spinner


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Guess it's like tying up your own flies or digging up your own worms... something about doing it yourself is satisfying. But I'm more in the camp of saving my time nowadays.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 19, 2017 10:32 am
sphunfishing


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I found 30" x 10 feet roll of 1/2"x 1" 16 gauge mesh at Lowe's in Fremont Automall. It cost me $16. I made some snares out of it, and still have plenty left.

Snares1 by Sinh Phun, on Flickr

Close up shot of single snare.
snares2 by Sinh Phun, on Flickr

Bottom view. I solder the sinker to the cage frame. I also use hot glue to glue the joint of the grass trimmer line to the cage frame, to prevent it from moving around.
Snares4 by Sinh Phun, on Flickr

Top view. The door is bend in a way that it won't wobble around.
Snares3 by Sinh Phun, on Flickr
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