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Help with plywood walls

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Rin, Feb 23, 2013.

  1. Rin

    Rin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm building an 8x8 chicken coop and I'm not sure what I can do about the gaps between the 4x8 plywood boards I am using as my exterior walls before painting everything. I know plywood needs to be able to expand but this just looks horrendous. Is there some sort of tape or caulk for this purpose? Something I can get smooth and paint over for a nice uniform look? What do you guys use?
     
  2. redriver

    redriver Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You could put some trim pieces over it and give it the board and batten look.

    On houses you would put house wrap over the plywood, and tape the seams of the house wrap. Then put siding over the house wrap. Not sure you want to go through that much trouble ($) for a coop, though.
     
  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    I like the trim board idea redriver suggested. Will give the seam a nice finished look!
     
  4. Rin

    Rin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Blegh, I was worried you were going to say that. Hopefully it looks better in reality than my mind is making it. XD Thank you so much for the help <3
     
  5. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

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    I think it would look good. If you use a 1x4 trim for corners, top and seam it would be a nice uniform finished look.

    Something to keep in mind for any future builds on coops, sheds or what have you is to use a ship lapped exterior siding in lieu of plain plywood. The ship lap combined with the grooved sheathing makes for a seamless finish.

    Here's a composite T1-11 primed to show you what I mean. Comes in wood too, just couldn't find a 1/2 inch piece at Home Depot's site.

    http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc...=-1&keyword=t-1-11&storeId=10051#.USoTlWeANkU
     
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  6. Rin

    Rin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sadly they don't carry anything like T1-11 in my area, that was actually the first thing I tried for. But its okay because in the end I wound up wood carving two massive crowing roosters in each side of my coop and that might not have looked as good for doing so as plywood does. I plan to do 1 1/8 in weather proof corner molding on each corner after painting the sides. Below is a picture of my coop right now (and don't worry I also plan to trim the roof boards back under the roof panels... just really need to get my birds outside and get everything weather proof asap before spring gets here)


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  7. wantedman66

    wantedman66 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That would work good,egghead is right but also have to consider cost,how much you willing to spend.I have the t1-11 on part of my coop it is very durable and will last a long time,the 1-4" will work
     
  8. wantedman66

    wantedman66 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's a nice job,I would defiantly paint it though
     
  9. Rin

    Rin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I plan to, I just need to do something about the cracks between the plywood sheets first XD
     
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  10. Talihofarms

    Talihofarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Vertical 1x material will work on the joints as previously mentioned.
    Seal the plywood as soon as possible. Once it gets saturated with water it will de laminate. (unless it is treated cca,)
    Caulk is not going to solve your problem.
    Cracks opens with weather. (high end Vulcam or silicone will work but expensive)
    I would paint or stain, seal joint with silicone or Rubber tape BT20, protecto wrap, what ever you have locally,then cover the joint with 1x material. corners and window picture frame with 1x.
    Or cover with salvaged horizontal siding.
     

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