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Hinges for a wooden door on a pvc run?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by suzyQlou, Apr 15, 2011.

  1. suzyQlou

    suzyQlou Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I didn't think this out too clearly. I built my run out of pvc, and a door out of wood. Now I'm trying to connect the two. After a couple failed attempts, I'm looking for suggestions. The pvc is 3/4 inches. The door is thin, maybe 1x2?

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    Right now, I'm just using zip ties. They are ugly and do not work.

    Oh, and eventually I'll need a latch, too...
     
  2. macadam8157

    macadam8157 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You could put some type of wood stakes or posts up against the PVC that way you could use good ole hinges and a latch on the handle side. [​IMG] Hope this helps.
     
  3. BarefootMom

    BarefootMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would screw a doorframe onto the PVC pipe and then attach the door to the frame.

    Hope you don't have many wind storms where you are. We have been having 40 mph winds and that would blow away! Also I can't really tell from the pic but it look like there is only chicken wire on the sides?? Chicken wire is only made to keep chickens in NOT keep predators out. So if you have any predators in the area including dogs please add some 2x4 welded wire or some hardware cloth to the bottom to protect the chickens!
     
  4. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    Use pipe strapping (go to plumbing section of hardware store, it's sort of omega-shaped thingies meant to attach pipes to wood joists etc that they run along) to attach a piece of 2x4 to the latch-side pvc upright. Possibly to the hinge-side one as well. Then you have Actual Wood to screw your latch (and perhaps hinges) into.

    You may want to think about adding a little diagonal bracing to the 3 pvc walls of that tractor. I realize it's only meant to be lightweight and not very weather- or predator-proof, but even so, it will be very vulnerable to skewing diagonally into a flat parallelogram, and just the door is not really very secure bracing for hte *rest* of the structure.

    Good luck, have fun,

    Pat
     
  5. Robert Boyd

    Robert Boyd Chillin' With My Peeps

  6. suzyQlou

    suzyQlou Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's funny. I've been using the pvc to keep this light weight, but adding more wood always seems like the answer. Makes me wonder why I didn't just build the thing out of wood to begin with!

    I am using hardware cloth around the bottom two feet. I know it's a bit of a compromise. I find I'm making a lot of those as I try to balance this chicken obsession of mine with real life. Winds, too, may be an issue some day. Right now, I'm just taking the chicks out on nice afternoons. Hopefully I'll have a heavier coop attached before they need to be outside all the time. (oops, did I just admit that I haven't started the coop yet?)

    Thanks for the heads up about diagonals, too. I hadn't really thought of that. I hope to have the wall opposite the door attached to a sturdy coop, but the side walls may very well start slanting on me.

    I appreciate all your thoughts. Hinges might end up being the simple part as you bring up more considerations I haven't even thought of.
     
  7. suzyQlou

    suzyQlou Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ahh. Thanks for that link, Robert. I keep looking for hardware that doesn't exist, but that looks real! I can see how that pipe strap might attach.
     

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