Doors on PVC Pipe Runs

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by SouthernAlberta, Apr 13, 2012.

  1. SouthernAlberta

    SouthernAlberta Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I definitely want a tractor run made of PVC pipe for easy moving around the yard. Looking at images online, it seems there are two ways of making a door, either adding a wood frame and wood door, or framing one out of the PVC. For those of you who have PVC runs, can you mention the pros and cons of the doors you have? Thanks!
     
  2. suzyQlou

    suzyQlou Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was just thinking I had that same question last year [​IMG].

    Anyway, I'm a year smarter now. I'm glad I have the wooden frame on my door. I had a sad incident last year before I had the door attached firmly to the frame. I lost a chicken to a neighborhood dog. So, I just think the wooden frame is a little stronger than the way I had things rigged last year, or the way other folks rig their doors with straight pvc. Even with a door frame, the run is still easy for me to move by myself.

    Happy building.
     
  3. SouthernAlberta

    SouthernAlberta Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for chiming in, SuzyQLou! This is good for me to know. Hubby is very handy, but I really want the chickens to be MY project.
     
  4. PlumbTarget

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    Why don't you look at using PVC Slip Tees to make hinges for the doors? I know you can get them at Formufit. They let you create hinges and sliding mechanisms with PVC pipe. The only thing you would have to do is create some form of latch or lock.

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  5. applefalls

    applefalls Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My problem with the PVC is that it is flimsy. I was using 1/2" PVC, though. I'm not sure if a different size would be less flimsy.
     
  6. Daox13

    Daox13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know I'm a dog diggin up old threads, however for anyone looking for a good answer. I am currently building my chicken run out of pvc. I am going to put a pvc door. You can get thick PVC and its still lighter then heavy thick wood and will hold up to most large predators, but also don't forget the smaller ones also. you want a tight fit so cats and other slinky things can't get in there. what I am going to do is measure and prebuild my door to make sure of a snug fit. you can do slip tees, IE if using 1" pvc, get 1" to 1 1/4" tees to allow for easier movement. once you have made your door you need to mount it. I have thought this through during endless nights of worrying over non existent chickens that I now have. you can do this a few different ways by either placing more slip tees and building a brace... or you can do it my way. I am going to measure how tall my door will be and then measure the width between the hoop. I will cut and drill a hole through the brace and the hoop. I will place the brace on the outside of the hoop post... I find this to have less bend and easier to fit. you take your zip ties or wire and you go through the holes and get that brace nice and tight and then zip tie your outter square of the door to the brace. ... now you have a working door you just need to put a latch you like on it.

    I find wood to be great, however in this situation if you are going PVC, go PVC. if you are concerned about the flexibility of it, get a thick kind for the brace and the door itself since you do not need it flex. just because you built the hoops from 1/2" you can build the door from 1", 1 1/2" or even 2".

    Hope this helps. sorry if my description is not the best... I am great at showing, not telling.
     
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  7. kaybee123

    kaybee123 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Would love to see your end results!
     
  8. Daox13

    Daox13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well.... As unbelievable as it may sound. We had a really big storm a week after I had built it and I had a few more tweaks to make. In that storm a giant walnut tree in my neighbors yard fell on it and my tool shed. So...... Now I'm going to have to rebuild..
     

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