Installing the Bird Netting
The following information offers basic procedures for the installation of the bird netting.
It is not all inclusive, instead it covers the steps that most
netting installation require. There are many different ways to
effectively install bird netting, but the goal should always
be the same; no gaps, openings, wrinkles or excessive sag in
the finished netting installation.
NOTE: Each netting
installation is different and some of the guidelines may not apply to your application. If you have questions or need help, please
Before continuing, you must know...
type of bird netting you will be installing. If
you are not sure, review the
Net Planning Guide for recommendations or go to the
What kind of netting hardware you will be using.
If not, review
the Net Planning Guide
or the Netting Hardware
- If installing the netting with a tensioned cable system, the
cables should be installed and ready to receive the netting. If not,
review the Install Cable
- If installing the netting with Poly Hardware, you must know how
each piece of hardware is installed. Review the
steps outlined on the Install
Poly Hardware page first.
Cutting the netting;
Both PollyNet and K-Net bird netting can be
cut to the desired size and shape with a good pair of
scissors - no special cutting tools are needed. Nixalite
offers the ST Scissors which are EMT shears. They are
multipurpose and can be purchased with the
Bird Netting Tools and
Before you cut, double check your dimensions. Make
sure that you have allowed extra netting for
perimeter fastening and overlap seams (6" min. for both).
Always leave the piece of netting bigger than what you will
Joining Nets Together at Overlap Seams;
||For PollyNet: Overlap the netting
pieces a minimum of 6". Install the poly hardware seam fasteners
every 6" on both sides of the seam for its full length. Twist Locks, Net Ties or Poly
Cord are recommended for sealing PollyNet seams. DO NOT use
metal net rings to seal PollyNet seams.
K-Net HT: An overlap seam (also called a
‘freestanding’ seam) is where you need to join two
pieces of K-Net bird netting together without the benefit
of a support cable or part of the structure.
1. Overlap the edges of the two pieces of K-Net by at
least 3 mesh (2.25 in./5.7cm).
2. Joining K-Net together at a seam is done with 'net
rings'. Choose the rings and ring tool* that best suits
3. Join the two pieces of netting by installing one net
ring in EACH overlapped 3/4" square mesh along the full length
of the seam.
* Nixalite offers 3 types of net rings and ring
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For PollyNet: Roll the edges of the
netting 2 or 3 times when installing PollyNet with PolyClips.
||For K-Net: Use Net Rings to fasten the K-Net to
the perimeter cables. PolyClips can be used with the
cables if desired.
Locate and utilize overhead pipes, beams, trusses, etc to
help support the interior netting areas (away from the
perimeter). Fasten to the overhead support items as often as
possible. We recommend using the Net Ties, Poly Cord or the Net
Savers for support hardware.
Used when there is
overhead support. Bird netting should NOT be allowed to
run more than 50 feet without support cables. We
recommend installing support cables every 25 feet. For
K-Net use Net Rings to fasten the netting to the cable.
For PollyNet, use the Net Ties.
Fitting Around Obstructions:
||Objects hang lower than the installed netting:
DO NOT cut large pieces out of the netting. To
fit the netting around objects (such as lights), make
simple slits or X cuts just big enough to fit the object. If
the obstruction is close to an outside edge, make a
straight cut from the edge to the obstruction. If it's
in the middle of the installation area, cut a slit or X in the
net below the object. Pass the object through the mesh
and seal the netting back together above/behind it. Use
seam hardware to seal up the slit or cuts around the
||Fit netting around objects:
Square/Rectangular objects along the perimeter (a
column). Cut a simple "T" in the net that is the same
width and depth as the column (see drawing). Use the
excess netting of the "T" to fasten to the perimeter
hardware (perimeter hardware must follow the shape and
direction of the outside edges).
Round objects along or close to the perimeter (large
pipe). Cut an "X" big enough to fit the diameter, then
make a slit from the "X" to the closest edge of the
netting. Use the excess netting of the "X" to fasten to
the perimeter hardware (perimeter hardware must follow
the shape and direction of the outside edges).
Additional Installation Methods:
||Common construction materials can be used to
install bird netting. This type of installation is constructed
and customized to fit on-site. For a detailed page on these
alternate methods of installation, load the
Additional Netting Installation Methods
There are many different ways to install bird netting but
the goals of the installation should always be the same: no
gaps, openings, wrinkles or excessive net sag. For more
information on other installation methods Contact Nixalite.
Let Nixalite of America Inc help you plan your netting installation!
If you provide detailed information about your bird netting application, Nixalite will recommend a netting system and provide a material quotation. It is critical that your information is
accurate and complete.
Where to go from here...
To view or purchase Nixalite's bird netting hardware, go to
Bird Netting Accessories and
To view or purchase Nixalite's bird netting, go to either
PollyNet Bird Netting or
K-Net HT Bird Netting.
To view the CSI specifications for any of our bird netting, go
To view or purchase our deer netting, go to
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