Originally Posted by BertS
what thickness of plywood did you use?
1/2" you may have some warping
3/4" probably not.
if you see some warping, an easy fix, without replacing the door, is to put a cross, made from 1x2's, that fit inside of the frame of your grooves. I'd use cedar or another light wood, and use screws to attach to the pop door.
did you place a pulley on the outside wall of the coop for the string assembly?
my thoughts on your venting, is to add them and put a flap over them, in case you have some extra cool weather in the winter.
does San Diego ever get below 70? lol
it looks great so far.
Yes, it's 1/2 plywood, just leftover stuff from the coop floor & back wall. It'll get painted so that might help prevent some of the warping, but my experience is that the 1/2 plywood warps if it's not nailed/screwed down. We shall see! (Added the back wall yesterday as a result of conversation about drainage... if there is a drainage issue now at least the water will flow to the bottom of the coop and out the back) I was careful to make it easily removable in case I want to/need to replace it.
Cedar is a good idea. I've got some in the garage.
The pulley is straight above the door. It's a flush mount pulley, so it's screwed right into that 2x3. When I get the siding on I'll pop a hole in the 2x3 above the clean-out door for the line. There will be a stainless ring to pull with notches for open and closed positions. Need to keep it easy so the kids can do it. Think the chickens will mess with it too much? I could pretty easily run the line through 1/2 PVC if I needed to protect it from them. Plus, if they ruin it it'd be a $.20 fix.
Thanks for the input on the venting. Great idea on the vent covers. I bet a magnetic vent cover would do the trick... though I'm not too sure if we'll ever really need it. Maybe just for a big rain storm? We might have a couple nights per year that dip into the low 40s. I'd imagine with body heat the inside temp would still be in the 50s on the coldest day. I've got a outdoor thermometer I plan on mounting in there... definitely keep an eye on it.
Appreciate the input. I'm OK with the building part... just don't really know what is needed. Helps to bounce things off folks who have done this before.