With its ability for binding and securing, Tie Wire, also referred to as Annealed Wire, is a master of versatility. It is produced through a fine-tuned process of working the wire through increasingly small dies, thus resulting in its scientifically-designed softness – an attribute that is ideal for numerous applications.
Rather than using conventional measurement units such as inches or millimeters, the thickness of tie wire is measured using the American Wire Gauge (AWG), which is composed of several different grades. The most commonly stocked gauges are 16, 18, and 20, wherein a lower number correlates to a larger diameter.
When it comes to selecting a wire gauge, it all depends on the project. For example, if there is a need for a slender shape when fastening materials, like in stucco building, a thinner gauge can be used such as 16 or 18. On the other hand, if you are attaching wire mesh to posts which requires a sturdier shape, a thicker gauge (like 20) may be needed.
Tying it all together, there are a few metals to keep in mind when shopping for tie wire. While galvanized steel wire features an extra protective layer of zinc, aluminum is an ideal option to pick if weight is a priority, perfect for applications in aviation. Beyond that, both types of tie wire are outfitted with corrosion-resisting treatments to ward off rust.
Pre-stretched coils of tie wire can be found, as well as shorter snippets usually cut in two separate lengths, either 2 or 4 feet in length.