suggestions on sliding plexiglass window

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by birdy_num_nums, Jun 26, 2008.

  1. birdy_num_nums

    birdy_num_nums Out Of The Brooder

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    I am planning on several plexiglass slider windows like I've seen on here. I would prefer that the plexiglass be on the *inside* of the coop. However, I don't know how to work around water getting in on the window framing. My original thought was to staple hardware cloth to the framing on both sides of the framing at the window areas during construction. Then lay the siding over that and nail it as usual. This would make hardware cloth flush with the exterior of the coop. On the inside there would be a second layer of hardware cloth and I would attach top and bottom slider wood 'holders' for the plexiglass, then insert the plexiglass in those and just slide back and forth when needed. So the layers from the outside in would be: siding; harware cloth; framing; hardware cloth; plexiglass; wood sliders for plexiglass.
    However I am concerned about rain getting in on the framing since there wouldn't be a solid surface (glass or plexiglass) flush with the exterior of the coop.
    I thought I had seen pictures on here where people had the plexiglass on the *inside* of the coop? If so, anyone care to post another pix (please? [​IMG] ) and/or explain how it is done?
     
  2. Buff Hooligans

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    Our windows are exactly what you describe. We put hardware cloth flush with the inside wall, and put two pieces of wood (top & bottom) for plexiglass to slide within. I hope this helps.

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    By the way, it works great. No rain leakage, but then again our windows are very deep, as you can see (ignore the Christmas greens on the bottom of the exterior sill).
     
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  3. Anny

    Anny Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 24, 2008
    Detroit Michigan
    For windows like that do you make the little ledge that holds the plexi glass in or do you buy molder or something??
     
  4. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

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    Hmm... not sure of the right words for it, but DH took a plain piece of wood and used a table saw to carve out the, ummm..., carved out portion of it. (Sorry...)
     
  5. birdy_num_nums

    birdy_num_nums Out Of The Brooder

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    awesome! yes, thank you so much BH, yours is the picture I keep thinking of!

    is your framing 2x4? or 2x6? do you have it just painted, or some other water repellancy? and no leakage- that is good news.

    thank you thank you thank you [​IMG]
     
  6. rhetoric

    rhetoric Out Of The Brooder

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    Um... I don't mean to be dull, but did you put the window in backwards? If not, how do you open/close/latch it? I'd rather put the wire on the inside of my window, but then I can't open and close it, right?
     

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