Bracing a cleanout door

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by garthmyers, Mar 25, 2011.

  1. garthmyers

    garthmyers In the Brooder

    Mar 2, 2011
    Central Missouri
    I have my coop framed in with plywood now all i have to do is attach the cleanout doors. The doors are made of 1/2 plywood and i was wondering the best way to attch them to the coop. I know that i am going to use hinges but would like to have them swing to the side. I have seen a lot of people do this i was just wondering if you have to do anykind of bracing to keep the door from sagging. If so how did you bace it? just 2x2 in a square with the hinges attached to it or did you run an x across the door. Any help would be appriciated my wife is telling me if i don't get the chicks out of the basement this weekend i am going to be living in the coop myself.
  2. eds500

    eds500 Songster

    May 27, 2010
    Raleigh, NC
    My clean out door is approximately 28" x 35".


    I framed the door with 2x4 and cross-braced with a 2x4. The paneling is hardi-board and the trim is 1x4 whiteboard, primed and painted.


    I used two 4" commercial grade, exterior door hinges, secured to the 2x4 that frames the door opening. The hardi-board is heavy so I went with a heavier grade hinge.

  3. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    If the door will be a single piece of 1/2" plywood, you need nothing to keep it sagging out of square, the rigidity of the plywood itself achieves that. You only need diagonal bracing if it's a gate or door made of multiple not-fully-joined pieces of lumber, like a wooden gate or a barnboard door.

    However I would recommend putting on some lumber, at least around the edge and maybe one down the middle, to keep it from *warping*, which plywood likes to do. Plus that lumber will give you something substantial to screw or bolt your hinges into.

    Good luck, have fun,


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