Pop door opens and closes from inside the hen house

chellejeff

Songster
8 Years
Jan 27, 2011
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43
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So. Cal. Mountains
The problem, how to open and close the pop door without having to wade through the mud around the hen house when the snow starts to melt. The solution, open and close it from inside the hen house.
So here's how it works. The large lever on the left opens and closes the door. The small lever on the right is the lock. With the large lever pushed right, and the small lever pushed left, the door is locked closed. To open the door, the small lever must but put straight up, into a neutral position. The large lever is then moved left, which opens the door. To lock it open, the small lever is moved right.
I hate how long it took me to design it, but love the final product.


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chellejeff

Songster
8 Years
Jan 27, 2011
86
43
104
So. Cal. Mountains
I thought about doing the rope thing. It would have been way easier. Problem is it would have had a tendency to jam up when the rope got wet with rain, then frozen solid and caked with snow once the rain turned to snow. We get that a lot here, it rains first for a few hours, then turns to snow. That way everything is good and soaked before it gets frozen solid. Plus, how to lock it closed. I didn't want to be crawling on the floor under the roost to secure a hook or some other lock. Besides, levers are kinda cool.
 

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