How do you connect the door to this PVC pipe run? Pic

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by DiamondSwan, Oct 12, 2015.

  1. DiamondSwan

    DiamondSwan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was wondering how you would connect the door to this PVC pipe run. I can't tell from the picture. Thanks. :)

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  2. jacksun

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    I would use plumbers tape. plastic or the metal type and screws.
     
  3. ksguy

    ksguy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's hard to tell, but if I were making that setup, I'd use something like this. That clamp may come in different sizes, but since it's for metal fencing, you may not find one that's an exact match to PVC pipe.

    The round part would go on the PVC pipe, and the flat part would bolt/screw onto the door frame. Put one at each upper corner, and perhaps one under each corner of the sill.

    Also, that coop might look cool, but I can't imagine it being sturdy at all, by the time you add the weight of pressure treated lumber framed onto it for a door.
     
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  4. Bryant Redhawk

    Bryant Redhawk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The only runs I've seen done like that did not have a wooden door frame. They had PVC door frames with cross pieces fitted to keep it all square.

    I have seen several of them built like that out of EMT conduit and those had more wood framing that the one in the picture. If you wanted to build that frame out of PVC pipe then you would really need to have two 4x4 post sunk into the ground so that the door would have enough support to not fold the PVC pipe when the door was opened. I love the idea, but for me the correct method would be to have that door end fully framed in wood, that way I could use all 2x4 wood for the one end so there would be enough solid structure to support the door. Then I would finish it out in EMT conduit and fittings or CPVC pipe and fittings. As it is, even a light snow would collapse the structure let alone opening the door and leaving it open for even a few minutes.

    To build such a structure using the method shown, you would need several support pieces that are missing both on the lower sides and the ends. to help support the "roof" you would also need some missing support pieces. so there was enough structure to keep the whole thing from torqueing in winds, which would bring it tumbling down.
     
  5. MeepBeep

    MeepBeep Chillin' With My Peeps

    That doesn't look like PVC to me,as PVC would have obvious deflection over that length, it looks like a steel tubing frame from a portable garage/car canopy...

    The door doesn't even appear to be attached all the securely at all, probably just hung off the wire wall...
     
  6. aart

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    Agrees metal tubing not pvc.
    Looks like it is staked to the ground in places.
    Door frame is attached to tubing at top, and probably to wire mesh, probably fairly stable.....wouldn't swing on it tho.
     
  7. DiamondSwan

    DiamondSwan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks guys for the info. I know it's a metal frame, but I was hoping to make something similar out of PVC pipe and I was wondering what holds the door up. I don't know how sturdy PVC pipe is, so if wood is too heavy for it, what should I use? I'm trying to find the cheapest way to make a run, and if someone has a better idea, I would really appreciate it. :)
     
  8. MeepBeep

    MeepBeep Chillin' With My Peeps


    You can buy similar portable garage/car port kits for about $150, IMO worth the money for ease and probably just an cheap as any other similar option...

    http://www.harborfreight.com/10-ft-x-20-ft-portable-car-canopy-60728.html that particular one is only $120 if you use their easily found 20% off coupons on top of that sale price...

    The biggest thing to remember with these portable garages is to get it square on level ground and anchor it very well, or else the wind will destroy it in short..

    For anchors I highly recommend 'Duckbill' earth anchors...
     
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  9. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    That design you showed could not be made out of the same sized pvc, it would be too flimsy.
    MeepBeep has given another good suggestion...and....
    Here's a bunch of runs https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/760544/the-run-thread
     
  10. MeepBeep

    MeepBeep Chillin' With My Peeps


    Or even bigger PVC, even something as larger as 4" PVC over a 10 foot unsupported horizontal span on a 100° day will show obvious deflection and will get worse over time... The only viable way to make large PVC structures is to do a lot of vertical supporting of any horizontal span or do a 'hoop' building design...

    Back to my carport suggestion to make it even more sturdy you can shorten the legs (that are normally about 6 feet) down to a similar 4 foot height as the pictured structure...
     

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