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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by ducks_rcool329, May 10, 2011.

  1. ducks_rcool329

    ducks_rcool329 Songster

    Apr 17, 2011
    Black Forest, Colorado
    So Our coop is coming along.. poorly. [​IMG]
    The frame is good and sturdy, but the roof, and sides are the disaster. We bought this artificial siding stuff, its not wood, it feels like plaster, really really heavy. and the worst part it, it BREAKS WAY TO EASY! I was cutting it and i sat the saw on it, and it broke just from the weight [​IMG] , After getting around that, I go to get it on the coop, and I get the sides up, and the corner breaks off when my foot hits it [​IMG] So no I need to find something to put behind it on the Sindee of the coop to support it. Any suggestions?? Thanks [​IMG]
    Heres a pic of the siding
    here is its specifications

  2. mikecnorthwest

    mikecnorthwest Songster

    Mar 27, 2009
    Vancouver, WA
    My Coop
    I think that is just standard Hardie plank siding. It's a cement product used as siding for homes. You need to enclose your coop in plywood siding first and then attach the Hardie plank. I'm not in construction so someone else may have a better thought.
  3. ducks_rcool329

    ducks_rcool329 Songster

    Apr 17, 2011
    Black Forest, Colorado
    Quote:Yeah, That was what I was thinking. [​IMG]
  4. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    My DH says that Hardy Boards are put right on top of the Tyvek in home construction. He says it is done that way to be cheap. That is what we have on our house. It does chip easily if tested.

    You can put plywood as the above poster said, my DH says, or just put it up as is.

    My weed eater hit some of the siding on the bottom edge and it chipped it once. [​IMG]

    I hope you can fix your coop well.
  5. new chick 203

    new chick 203 Songster

    Feb 8, 2010
    Ridgefield CT
    Quote:ya, but the tyvek is on top of plywood.
  6. JerseyFresh

    JerseyFresh Songster

    Apr 17, 2008
    I put that stuff right on my studs. Had to "sacrafice" one panel before I figured it out. I had help and we were very careful with the rest of the panels. It's too heavy to move around by yourself and wicked hard on your blades and drill bits and will dull them quickly. I won't be using it again.
  7. ducks_rcool329

    ducks_rcool329 Songster

    Apr 17, 2011
    Black Forest, Colorado
    Quote:Thanks! and I know the feeling, I spent so much money on it, and I used my tractor to get ti up the will and the corner chipped off, and I was freaking out.. and I was thinking, okay, no one will notice..right? [​IMG]
    Thanks for the suggestion, I'm getting a list in order for home depot to get some OSB and some studs for extra support.

  8. crackersam2000

    crackersam2000 In the Brooder

    Apr 6, 2011
    Okeechobee, Florida
    We used T1-11. Easy up, right on studs. Gives it that country look. Looks like the hardy board you have, but it won't swell and crumble it it gets wet at the seams tops and bottoms. We are normally in a high rain area, althought we are now into our third or fourth year in a heavy drought. It is pressure treated and paints easy. I have it on the side of horse barn, goat house and now brooder room on end of checken coop. I would post pics but I am so new they wont let me. Check out my FB page or website for pics of "coope de Ville" lol Wagon Wheel Horse Farm. www.wagonwheelhorsefarm.com
  9. ducks_rcool329

    ducks_rcool329 Songster

    Apr 17, 2011
    Black Forest, Colorado
    Quote:That is another thing that i was considering, I used t5 on our duck coop, and love it. [​IMG] Your coop is very nice, really large. Lucky chickens [​IMG]
    btw and this is off topic, but I love your website!!! did you guys make it on your own?
  10. yanmar1610d

    yanmar1610d In the Brooder

    Oct 8, 2010
    Hinesville, GA
    You can put Hardie siding over the studs, but if you want it to be stronger you have to put it over plywood. They also make special saw blades for cutting Hardie boards and special screws/nail that will not rust. Hardie will corrode regular screws and nails in just a few years and then your siding will be on the ground. Hardie is very expensive!! I would just use T-111 or plywood, will work just as well.
    I built my pen out of used lumber off of Craigslist.

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