DIY : Automatic Chicken Coop Door With Timer & Solar Charger

I put together a little video showing how you can make an automatic chicken door with a power car antenna and a timer in hopes it inspires others...
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    I put together a little video showing how you can make an automatic chicken door with a power car antenna and a timer in hopes it inspires you to add one to your coop!



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    Thanks for watching!

    Here's a pictorial describing the process:
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    Start with a power car antenna
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    Attach the car antenna to the wall of your coop
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    Build a door guide
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    Mount the timer & battery then attach the wires.
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    Organize the wires
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    Now it's time to add the solar panel. Lets go!

    Buy a solar panel and charge controller.
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    Attach a longer lead to the solar panel if needed. I used an outdoor extension cord which was easily soldered to the back of the panel.
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    Make some mounting brackets out of 1/8" thick aluminum available from your local home center.
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    Use some stainless steel nuts and bolts to attach the brackets to the panel
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    And to the attach the panel to the mount.
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    Attach mount to coop with u-bolts and route wire into coop.
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    Attach charger controller and connect wires. Make sure to connect the battery first, followed by the solar panel and then the antenna (load).
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    All you have to do is set the time on the timer and then enter the times that you'd like the door to open and close. I have been using this system for a few weeks now and have had no issues. The solar panel charges the battery even on cloudy days.

    Here's a list of the parts I used:
    Solar Panel: http://amzn.to/2wybora
    Solar Charge Controller: http://amzn.to/2xbPrBM
    Power Car Antenna: http://amzn.to/2ioEJmb
    Solar Panel Mount: http://amzn.to/2fbTLeg
    12V Timer: http://amzn.to/2g4yinl
    12V Battery: http://amzn.to/2wlWkRm
    Wire Connectors: http://amzn.to/2ipEp6M

    Let me know what you think. Pros? Cons?

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