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Old 02-20-2007, 09:34 PM   #1
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I've got to get my hopstopper built this week. I've got some SS mesh from McMaster, 12"x24". Ballpark, what are the dimensions of a properly-sized hopstopper? Should I plan on making it pretty much as big as possible, use all my material up?
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Old 02-20-2007, 09:37 PM   #2
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Mine is about a 5"x7" rectangle with a domed top, and it works great. I think the real ones are about 8" in diameter, also domed.
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Old 02-20-2007, 09:40 PM   #3
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How fine a mesh is yours? The material I got is a bit finer than I expected (so I'm thinking of erring on the "big" side).
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Old 02-20-2007, 09:42 PM   #4
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FWIW, the diameter of the screen on my hopstopper is about 9 inches.

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Old 02-20-2007, 09:54 PM   #5
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How fine a mesh is yours? The material I got is a bit finer than I expected (so I'm thinking of erring on the "big" side).

Mine is standard window-screen mesh, which I believe is #18.
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Old 02-20-2007, 09:54 PM   #6
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I plan to make mine today or tomorrow and I'm thinking of using a a piece 12" x 16" and fold it in half so that I only have to sew up 3 sides. I see that the hopstopper is round and sits horizontally but there's no reason it can't be rectangular and vertical. I'm just happy I found someone with some spare stainless wire because buying a whole roll is NUTS. More to come...
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Well it has to have some (3rd) dimension because of the dip tube.
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I'm not going to sew it; I have enough to spare where I'll fold it over on top of itself a couple times and crimp it down. Maybe I'll figure out a way of holding the crimp down in a few places (maybe drill a hold and use some small SS bolts), but sewing it up seems like such a PITA. Then again, I haven't started working it yet, so I don't know how well the crimp will hold, or if it's going to want to revert to its flat state.

Incidentally, the 12x24 piece from McMaster was like $12, plus $4.50 shipping, if anyone's looking to make one. They also sell a 12x60 piece for $20, but note that my piece was shipped flat - if they send the bigger piece flat, I bet shipping would be absurdly high (and they don't tell you ahead of time how much shipping is).
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Old 02-20-2007, 10:03 PM   #9
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You can probably use the bend in the dip tube to create the third dimension.

Check out McMaster-Carr www.mcmaster-carr.com for stainless mesh.
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I'm not going to sew it; I have enough to spare where I'll fold it over on top of itself a couple times and crimp it down. Maybe I'll figure out a way of holding the crimp down in a few places (maybe drill a hold and use some small SS bolts), but sewing it up seems like such a PITA. Then again, I haven't started working it yet, so I don't know how well the crimp will hold, or if it's going to want to revert to its flat state.

The crimp will hold if you squeeze it in a vise, or gently hammer it. I folded mine 3 times, and it's holding fine.
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