Suggested Space Cloth Opening Wire Diameters
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This table contains the recommended wire size to opening relationship depending on the application (load/impact)  They are separated into three groups; light, medium and heavy use.
 
Clear Space Opening Heavy Medium Light
1/16" (0.063")     #18 (0.047")  
3/32" (0.094")   #16 (0.063")   #18 (0.047")  
1/8" (0.125")   #12 (0.105")   #14 (0.080") #16 (0.063")
5/32" (0.156")   #12 (0.105")   #14 (0.080") #16 (0.063")
3/16" (0.188")   #11 (0.120")   #14 (0.080") #16 (0.063")
7/32" (0.219"   #10 (0.135")   #12 (0.105") #14 (0.080")
1/4" (0.250")   #10 (0.135")   #11 (0.120") #12 (0.105")
5/16" (0.313")   #9 (0.148")   #10 (0.135") #12 (0.105")
3/8" (0.375")   #8 (0.162")   #10 (0.135") #12 (0.105")
7/16" (0.438")   #6 (0.192")   #8 (0.162") #10 (0.135")
1/2" (0.500")   #6 (0.192")   #8 (0.162") #10 (0.135")
9/16" (0.563")   #6 (0.192")   #8 (0.162") #10 (0.135")
5/8" (0.625")   #4 (0.225")   #6 (0.192") #8 (0.162")
3/4" (0.750")   5/16 (0.313")   #3 (0.244") #6 (0.192")
7/8" (0.875")   5/16 (0.313")   #3 (0.244") #6 (0.192")
1" (1.000")   5/16 (0.313")   #3 (0.244") #6 (0.192")
1-1/8" (1.125")   3/8 (0.375")   5/16 (0.313") #3 (0.244")
1-1/4" (1.250")   3/8 (0.375")   5/16 (0.313") #3 (0.244")
1-3/8" (1.375")   3/8 (0.375")   5/16 (0.313") #3 (0.244")
1-1/2" (1.500")   1/2 (0.500")   3/8 (0.375") 5/16 (0.313")
1-5/8" (1.625")   1/2 (0.500")   3/8 (0.375") 5/16 (0.313")
1-3/4" (1.750")   1/2 (0.500")   3/8 (0.375") 5/16 (0.313")
2" (2.000")   1/2 (0.500")   3/8 (0.375") 5/16 (0.313")
2-1/4" (2.250")   1/2 (0.500")   3/8 (0.375") 5/16 (0.313")
2-1/2" (2.500")   5/8 (0.625")   1/2 (0.500") 3/8 (0.375")
3" (3.000")   5/8 (0.625")   1/2 (0.500") 3/8 (0.375")
3-1/2" (3.500")   5/8 (0.625")   1/2 (0.500") 3/8 (0.375")
4" (4.000")   3/4 (0.750")   5/8 (0.625") 1/2 (0.500")
5" (5.000")   3/4 (0.750")   5/8 (0.625") 1/2 (0.500")
6" (6.000")   3/4 (0.750")   5/8 (0.625")   1/2 (0.500")
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