Anticipated small gaps or cracks between wall panels

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by frog522, Jul 18, 2010.

  1. frog522

    frog522 In the Brooder

    Jun 16, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    Hello BYC guys/gals!

    I have been working non-stop on getting the coop done for the girls. They are practically full grown and I have to bring them in every night at 8:30pm to let them sleep in a large rubbermaid container in the garage, they insist on it. [​IMG]

    Anyways, the sun is beating beating down too hard outside to continue working on the coop. I got all my ideas from the many awesome threads here at the BYC forums, I have to say thanks to you all!

    I'm going to make this short as I'll share with you all more details and pictures when I finally get this thing done. [​IMG]

    Question for you all: I am using plywood for the walls but most of the time I can't use one piece of plywood to cover an entire wall (maybe need 2 or 3 smaller sheets). Because of this I expect there to be gaps in between the plywood sections (maybe very small but maybe not negligible either). I plan to paint the entire coop when I'm done, but I am trying to figure out if (and how) I can seal the small gaps? I don't know what kind of products there are for this (tape, caulking, other?). Also, do I fill these gaps from outside the coop or from the inside?


    Last edited: Jul 18, 2010
  2. Rozzie

    Rozzie Songster

    Jul 14, 2010
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  3. elmo

    elmo Songster

    May 23, 2009
  4. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Also, as much as possible, cut your plywood sections to end centered along a stud (so that they're pieced together on the 2x4). That way a tiny gap won't matter too much. But either of the before mentioned methods would work just fine; it just depends on what you want the final product to look like... [​IMG] If you're painting and calking, I'd definitely calk from the outside to blend it well, and then you'll barely notice it after painting...
    Last edited: Jul 18, 2010
  5. frog522

    frog522 In the Brooder

    Jun 16, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    Hmmm...all the doors and plywood wall panels are almost up (no picture update yet [​IMG]), some places have gaps of 1mm or 2mm at most, would applying caulk still be useful for gaps like this?

    What kind of caulk and brands would you suggest? I'm looking forward sealing the gaps this weekend!
  6. 33yardbirds

    33yardbirds Songster

    Jun 15, 2010
    Southern New Jersey
    Gaps the width of an eight penny nail are recomened on the seams. Any gaps I would run battens on the verticle and "Z" channel on the horizontal. You can run a nice clean bead of Phenoseal caulk on either side of your battens, it has good elasticty for expansion and contraction of wood. Follow previous post of seaming on studs.
    Last edited: Jul 28, 2010
  7. mgw

    mgw Songster

    May 29, 2010
    Eastern Wa.
    Quote:agree use furing strips or trimm pieces. try to line the seams up if possible it will look better. looks good so far.

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