Self-locking, automatic chicken coop door.

rpchris

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Here's a link to a video for a self-locking, automatic chicken coop door that I designed and built for my new coop. It will be connected to an X10 controller that will open and close the door on a schedule. I will also be able to manually open and close the door anywhere in the world using my iPhone.


Now I just have to finish the other 100 items left to do on the coop before the chickens can move in
 
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fireguy56

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Oct 2, 2010
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Slidell, Louisiana
rpchris, Simply love your ingenious idea for the locking mechanism. I am gonna steal the idea and re-vamp mine tomorrow when I get off duty. Will just have to change things alittle due to the fact that my door is aluminum sheet. Already working it out in my head. Thanks for the post. Awesome
Erik
 

rpchris

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Aug 27, 2011
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Saint Louis, MO
Quote:Glad you liked it.
The locks are just thin pieces of 1/8 inch plywood and some leftover oak trim glued on which hold the eye bolts and form the 'teeth' that lock the door in place. If you hang the locks from their corners with nuts, bolts and washers then gravity will pull everything shut and locked once the tension is off the cord. Pretty simple really,
 
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RichardB-SETN

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Sep 8, 2011
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This is awesome! What a fantastic idea, and so simple to accomplish. Kudos to you rpchris! I am going to alter my coop plans immediately to incorporate this door. Genius!
 

Taglienti07

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Mar 27, 2012
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Streator, Il
Pure genius! :D

I am trying to make a door out of a recycled paper shredder mechanism, but I am struggling with the limit switches and how to make the shredder reverse automatically...:/
 

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