cant we get this right?????

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by the3ofus+oursixchicks, Mar 7, 2012.

  1. the3ofus+oursixchicks

    the3ofus+oursixchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2011
    alabama
    we are trying to build our new pen. so far we are trying to build a 10 by 10 square. of course this is just the beginning it will be bigger. this is just our starting point. A square but we cant get past this because my SWEET hubby wants it square and it wont square up. all the boards are measured the same but we cant get it square. WHY??? can anyone help???
     
  2. prescott2k

    prescott2k Out Of The Brooder

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    How are you laying the boards out and what are the board's length's? If all the boards are the same length and you're trying to lay them so that two of the boards are inside the other two boards, you're going to actually be adding the width of the two outside boards to the lengths of the inside boards, thus making your square a 10' X 10' 4" rectangle (assuming you're using 2X4s). Hope this helps some. [​IMG]
     
  3. the3ofus+oursixchicks

    the3ofus+oursixchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2011
    alabama
    we are using 4x6 post for the cormers and 2x4 for the top and bottom.
     
  4. the3ofus+oursixchicks

    the3ofus+oursixchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2011
    alabama
    laying the boards out?? we have the post in the dug holes and trying to put the 2x4 on the top but one pole is out of square.
     
  5. the3ofus+oursixchicks

    the3ofus+oursixchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2011
    alabama
    we also have the top of the 4x6 post notched out for the 2x4
     
  6. prescott2k

    prescott2k Out Of The Brooder

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    Sorry for the confusion, when i was talking about the boards, I was referring to the 2X4s that you're using for the top and bottom. The only way I've ever been able to ensure that my posts are squared is definitely the long way. I would build a square out of 2X4s, mark where they meet, move my square, then put in my posts. Other than that, I dont have too much more experience. Hope this helps some.
     
  7. 3forfree

    3forfree Chillin' With My Peeps

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    put your 2x4 boards where you want them to be on the top and the bottom, and measure from opposite corners, each of these measurements should be the same, then your coop will be square. Do your measuring from either the inside or the outside of the 4x6
     
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  8. bigchrisb1985

    bigchrisb1985 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you measure diagonally from one corner to the other, then do the same for the other two posts you will be able to tell how out of square you are.
     
  9. the3ofus+oursixchicks

    the3ofus+oursixchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2011
    alabama
    there is one post that is about an inch off. but they all measure the same except for the one post.
     
  10. lokua

    lokua Out Of The Brooder

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    It sounds like the upright poles are either out of plumb or at different heights. Unless the ground is perfectly level you will have to cheat a little somewhere. First adjust the depth of the post holes to get the tops level (a string and level can help with this) then plumb them up with a level or plumb bob. The top rails should be very close to perfect if the distance between poles was correct when you made the holes. If you use a bottom rail you will have to adjust this to match the terrain. good luck with it. Don't go crazy with it. If its not a perfect square it will be fine still.
     

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