latches for side sliding pop door??

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by dftkarin, Oct 31, 2008.

  1. dftkarin

    dftkarin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks to all the helpful info from folks on this board, I made a side-sliding track for a pop door for my coop and now I'm having trouble figuring out how to best secure it against predators. The door is in the run and I would prefer not to have to go into the run every morning and evening to open and close it. I could attach a thin board that I could reach from the side to slide it back and forth - but it would extend out of the coop/run when it was open - and still doesn't solve the issue of how to latch it securely at night.
     
  2. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

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    Are you willing to go into the coop to open and close it? If so, then you could probably attach something to the very edge of the door, that could be secured inside.

    If you want something to open and close it from outside the run, then I guess you could try something like a chain attached to the door, that you pull from either side and lock one of the links to something like a secure metal loop attached to the coop. That would require some really accurate work, so there was zero play in the chain, to work.
     
  3. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    Easiest thing is, as you say, a stick that you push and pull the door closed with. If you don't want it protruding beyond the edge of the coop (which I can certainly understand, as I know what happens to ME when I'M around setups like that [​IMG]) perhaps you could hinge it in the middle so that the sticky-out-y part hinges upwards and out of the way when it would otherwise be protruding horizontally. (edited to add: or maybe have the stick not permanently attached to the door, but with a hook or peg at the end that you just reach in and momentarily hook on to a fixture on the door, to give you purchase to slide it open or shut, then remove the stick and store outside the run)

    Alternatively what about setting up pulleys, with a loop of rope. Kind of like a clothesline setup? So you would reel the rope in one direction to close the door and in the other direction to open it. Main difficulty would be setting this up so that part of the rope is accessible for you to reel (perhaps you could punt and make a little hatch you'd open to reach in?) and also it might freeze up in ice storms or wet snow.

    Or, I forget how high your run is, sorry, but is it possible the door could be slid back and forth by means of a lever operated from above?

    I can think of a few other arrangements but not only are they hard to explain without doodling 'em out on a piece of paper, they are not the most efficient or graceful arrangements either.

    Whatever rig you end up with for opening and closing it, just make a latch on that 'handle' to hold IT in place, and voila, your door is held in place too. Like, with the firstmentioned 'attach a stick' arrangement, if you just have a hole or screw-eye in the end of the stick so that when you slide the door closed you snap a snap on and the stick can no longer slide.

    Good luck, I'm sure you'll figure something out,

    Pat
     
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