Fixing the door to the Chicken Run

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by rebbetzin, Jan 15, 2014.

  1. rebbetzin

    rebbetzin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 4, 2008
    Tucson AZ
    After six years, my coop has settled a bit, and the latch on the door was no longer lining up the way it should. I was blessd this year with a Amazon Gift card from my Auntie Jennie in VA So I bought myself a cordless screwdriver![​IMG]

    I had to add a scrap piece of wood to get the latch to line up properly.
    Do you think I put in enough screws?

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  2. The Lazy L

    The Lazy L Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If those are 3" screws you got plenty.
     
  3. rebbetzin

    rebbetzin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 4, 2008
    Tucson AZ
    Yep, they are at least three inches, they had to go through the 2" X 2" piece, then through the board on the door into the 2" X 4" behind it.

    I don't think that "fix" will be getting loose any time soon.[​IMG]
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    LOL I think you've got enough!
    Curious as to how one of those little drivers could even handle 3" screws...did you drill pilot holes?
     
  5. rebbetzin

    rebbetzin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 4, 2008
    Tucson AZ
    Oh for sure I had to drill the wood first... in fact I had to go back and make the holes bigger so the screwdriver would work at all!! Someday it would be nice to have a more powerful driver!
     
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Even with pilot holes and an 18volt driver, I rub a bar of beeswax on the screw to lubricate a 3incher along in it's passage....helps alot.
     
  7. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    I use bar soap to lubricate it.
     
  8. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    I used to too...but then you get soap all over everything, which is a PITA and is slickery, bees wax works much better!
     

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