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concrete floor

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by juliachick, Apr 10, 2009.

  1. juliachick

    juliachick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok we are stumped. My husband is building our coop using mostly scrap wood on top of an existing cement floor. He was planning on using 4x6's around the base (originally it was going to be like a log cabin design). How do we keep rain from flowing under the wood? This is our first time building a coop and are trying to work w/materials we have so forgive our ignorance. I was thinking we could put the trim they put at the bottom of a garage door around the base. Anyone else build on concrete and any other advice?
     
  2. purecountrychicken

    purecountrychicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You could run a bead of caulking around the outside at the bottom of the wood. Might have to do it once a year but that would help.
     
  3. scooter147

    scooter147 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Go to the hardward store and get an exterior silicone caulk. I can't remember exactly what it is called.
    I had this exact set up years ago in which I used 2 x 6's for the base and this is what I did. Never had water enter. You do need to keep up with the maint. and make sure you re-caulk when needed.
    Others may have better ideas/
     
  4. flopshot

    flopshot Chillin' With My Peeps

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    if the coop is the same size as the slab overlap with the 2X6 a little. if not, use generous amounts of silicon caulk as others mentioned.
     
  5. farminhell

    farminhell New Egg

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    Use a sill seal, Its is foam that goes between your bottom plate and the concrete. Google "sill seal" and you will see what i am talking about.
     
  6. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

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    Quote:I am a building contrator and this is the perfect stuff for your needs. this is what it was made for, cheap too, sold by the roll.

    AL
     
  7. farminhell

    farminhell New Egg

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    Yup remodeling contractor here. Its what the stuff is made for.
     
  8. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    I would love to have a concrete floor in my coops.
     
  9. farminhell

    farminhell New Egg

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    Its actually pretty easy. Just do do your standard sub floor out of 3/4" plywood. Then put down roofing felt, then nail diamond thath on the floor and pour 2" of concrete over the top.
     

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