Can I use normal plywood to build a coop?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by TheBeesFamily, Nov 13, 2016.

  1. TheBeesFamily

    TheBeesFamily New Egg

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    The plywood I have is not water resistant, can I still use it to build a coop and paint it with a water resistant paint or something?
     
  2. potato chip

    potato chip lunch-sharer

    Yes, but depending on your climate it might not last very long or as long as other materials.
     
  3. irfxr

    irfxr Out Of The Brooder

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    I see why not as long as you seal it with a good sealer it should last a long time .
     
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  4. ChickNanny13

    ChickNanny13 Overrun With Chickens

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    Agree with infxr....Good sealer and/or primer before color coat, do more than one coat of paint.
     
  5. irfxr

    irfxr Out Of The Brooder

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    Don't forget to give a good coat to the edges too !
     
  6. ChickNanny13

    ChickNanny13 Overrun With Chickens

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    Oh yea, I forgot about that. Make sure you let the sealer/primer/paint dry BEFORE the next coat! I really give the raw edges a nice thick coat, Hubby's glad I like to paint cause he don't :)
     
  7. Howard E

    Howard E Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Normal exterior rated plywood, yes. Some of the cheap stuff that does not have waterproof glue? Personally, I would not go to the effort of building anything to be placed outside with that. Sealed or not. Painted or not. It won't last long enough to justify the effort and loss of the other materials that will quickly ensue.

    I would use the "boil test". Cut up a square of the ply you want to use and drop it in a pan of boiling water and boil/simmer it for at least 20 to 30 minutes. If it delaminates and comes apart, I'd look for something else. If it survives that, I'd be more likely to give it a chance.
     
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  8. ChickNanny13

    ChickNanny13 Overrun With Chickens

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    Was not aware there's 2 kinds of ply but you're correct. Here in Hawaii we use alot of "plywood" and not the "pressed" stuff or "partial" board.
     
  9. Howard E

    Howard E Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Took me a while to find these, but here are photos of plywood that survived the boil test and plywood that didn't. I've never tried OSB, particle board and such.

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    The cheap stuff that fell apart is luan, used for subflooring.....and some stuff Home Depot was selling. It looked good, with clear faces, but fell apart within minutes of hitting the hot water. The other stuff are mostly exterior rated fir or pine. Some is marine grade, with some fir, meranti and okuume.

    The T1-11 siding the box stores and such sell is also considered to be an plywood, except they mill in the grooves in the exterior face to simulate the look of a planked board siding. So yes, exterior plywood is OK.

    If you wanted the board and batten look, you could nail on battens too.
     
  10. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    One on left looks like luan?
    Definitely not for outside...at least not for long.
     

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