Now that sir is an awesome idea! Such great advice! I was just at Home Depot yesterday looking at the lumber and such getting myself geared up to build the run. I'm going to build it on to the side and down the front on my coop. I priced the lumber and it was less than $1.50 per piece. I'll rent the truck that they have there to bring my lumber back to the house and start building Away thanks to you! Did you use a regular hammer and nails or a nail gun when building? Also, did you staple the wire mesh onto the wood frame or use screws? I'm sorry I have so many questions, but you are a wealth of knowledge and I like the fact that you say you had no carpentry skills prior!
you were at home depot.. did you check the 70% off lumber? usually on a cart in the middle of the largest aisle in the lumber area of the store.. they will mark them with purple spray pain
i used a regular hammer and nails.. but there's one thing i learned (i'm a newbie as you when i started out)
i don't know which type of nails you bought or which type of lumber size..
but if you use 2 1/2 in nail into 2x4 .. it will split the wood.. nails will split the wood
after i noticed the a few splits with the nails.. i scratched that idea and use the pre-drill then screw ..
again the down side of screws is that they will break easily... which is why i pre-drill and then screw
nails or screw.. pros and cons for both.. so just pick one that is best for you :)
i stapled the hardware cloth (with a $9 stapler- wal-mart ).. for convenience i think you should just buy the electric type since it's faster and less labor..
wal-mart has some home improvement supplies at a cheaper price compare to home depot.. home depot has everything but pretty pricey.. so use both stores
i use wal-mart for most things and home depot for things that are not available at wal-mart
did i provide you with the link for hardware cloth?
it's cheaper here
home depot will charge $54 for a roll of 4'x25.. so for $3 more you can get 2x the size from amazon
i built my coop using two drills, sander and jigsaw by myself.. i didn't want to spend money for expensive tools so just worked with what i already have and within my budget
Edited by BruceAZ - 6/9/16 at 12:09pm