Automatic Chicken door...PLEASE HELP!!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by turkey12345, May 24, 2012.

  1. turkey12345

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  2. turkey12345

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    Any info you know about a motor will help
     
    Last edited: May 25, 2012
  3. chfite

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    One fellow on Instructables.com used an old battery powered drill as a motor for his pop door. He said in his article that he got it from Goodwill or some such.

    Chris
     
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  5. recbob

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    You could try a grill rotisserie motor, they even reverse direction when you switch them off and back on.
    relatively cheep :) at home depot.
     
  6. turkey12345

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    but is there a way that it can open and close at night and in the morning?
     
  7. PorkChop

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    Use a timer and then you can set open and close time.
     
  8. bigoledude

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    Hey Turkey, is that motor of yours 460 volts? You can buy small 110 volt AC motors that turn very slowly that could be rigged to "reel-up" your wire or cord. Or, you could do a small wheel/large wheel rig like the ones I linked you to below. Some of these little motors can be had for around $6.00 or so. You would still need a timer and maybe some switches to make it work.

    This youtube video is of an egg turner. It may help you design something similar for your door opener.

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    This is a video of a simple door opener using a similar basic design as the egg turner.



    What I like about the egg turner design is that no switches are used. Just set the amount of time it takes the large wheel to open the the door. Viola!!
     
  9. Archbishop

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    I'm working on a design right now. I plan on using a battery powered drill, but I will hard wire it into transformer that plugged into AC.
    For 10-20 bucks at Harbor freight I can't imagine finding another motor that already geared down properly and and contained such that it should operate for years.
     
  10. jwatts

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    I was in the same boat as you.. I did buy the exact motor in the above post. I must say, i don't miss the extra $40 it costs.. It works GREAT!!! 2 yrs. and not a single problem.. Its well worth the money and easy to use.. I used a 3/16 pc. of aluminum for the door. For the guides all i did was slice tracks on the table saw.. Hope this helped
     

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