chicken coop in progress, flashing question

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by fiddlebanshee, May 15, 2010.

  1. fiddlebanshee

    fiddlebanshee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi everyone. My shed was finally delivered and I'm starting to convert it into a coop. Here's some pics of what I have so far. The question at this point is:
    how to protect the raw edges of the window openings. I am wondering if I can put z flashing on top of the T111 and then fasten it to a 1x2 that I'd fasten to the inside of the window opening. Edges and corners would be sealed with caulk (polyurethene?). I'd also first prime the edges of the windows with Kilz. The thing with this setup is that I would also have a surface to fasten the hardware cloth to.

    What'cha all think?

    The window openings:
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    The roosting area:
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    The poopboard is an old piece of countertop, 32 inch wide, and some OSB in the corner. On top of that will be washingmachine pans for catching the poop and easy cleaning. The countertop rests on recycled kitchen cabinets with the doors removed for nesting boxes, and 2x6 lumber that was left over from construction of our house to support it at the front and the sides.
     
  2. Prospector

    Prospector Chillin' With My Peeps

    I can see 2 possibilities for you to protect the edges of your windows. One is the "right " way, the other is a way that would work for a shed/coop, but isn't right.

    The right way:


    Cut spacer blocks to insert between your wall framing members across the bottom of teh windows you cut. now re-cut teh windows using a jigsaw or demolition saw so they are exactly flush to the blocks, square, and properly aligned.

    Put a 1X4 flat against the T-111 across the bottom edge of the window (the bottom of the window frame).

    Using some 1X6 and a couple shims, make a window ledge that sits on the blocking you just installed, and extends outside enough that it overhangs the bootom piece of windowframe you just installed by 1/2 inch or so. Put the shims under it so it slopes outside, making the water run off it. Now make a box inside the window with more 1X6 to protect all the exposed T-111 edges.

    Using more 1X4's around the outside of the window hide all the edges of the 1X6's and finish the windowframe.

    Install window.

    The cheater way:

    Buy an oversized window that overlaps the opening in all dimensions by at least an inch.
    Attach it to the wall with hinges.
    Make a frame to go around it out of suitably sized lumber.Seal the frame to the coop with exterior caulking, being careful not to prevent the window from opening.
     
    Last edited: May 15, 2010
  3. fiddlebanshee

    fiddlebanshee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for your advise. I actually made windows out of 1x3 poplar and plexiglass that are bigger than the openings that I cut. So I think I covered your second option, lol. I will think about adapting your first way to my situation, as I do want to do this right. Someone suggested using a straightbit in a router and some framing as a guide to tidy the edges of the openings up. That's also an option that I will consider.
     

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