Technical coop building question.

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Merrymouse, Jan 12, 2017.

  1. ScottandSam

    ScottandSam I'm still here. Premium Member

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    What I have found at my local box store lumber is very warped dimensional lumber. It also is very wet. The dryer stuff is warped bad. I look down it to make sure it fairly straight then bring home only what I can build with in the next 3 day. Being wet it not a issue if it nailed or screwed together quickly. Anything that sits to long get returned as I'm picking up more. At the end of the project I return what is not cut then make a trip for more on my next project.

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  2. Merrymouse

    Merrymouse Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    Thats so true. My accent is Boston for sure. But not the Boston you hear on TV or the accent that you hear from the Kennedy-esque clan. RI peeps have their own, Maine, totally different. I definitely drop my 'r's"

    For that matter people in different neighborhoods in Boston have different accents. There is no mistaking someone from Southie compared to someone from Backbay.

    We are probably neighbors because you pretty much described my location. I'm in Upton.
     
  3. Merrymouse

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    Quote:Hhmmm. You are correct did not know about crowning etc. and the rafters are up. I'll have to make due. And yes, it was probably wet bacause as I said the first guy was really careful to pick good lumber for me but by the time I used it, it wasn't very good.
     
  4. Merrymouse

    Merrymouse Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    Good Morning! Its very cold here today for coop building currently 19F but I have my DH to help me. My hope is to get the roof on this weekend because Im working my crazy schedule Mon and Tues pretty much 14 hour days and Weds we are having a big storm. So I really, really want to get roof on. We did manage to make the nesting boxes over the last couple of nights. Came out pretty good. I made it big enough for 3 nests. The only problem with it is the latch I bought is not holding the door tight, it has a little give so I have to find a better latch. My nest box opens from the side, not that top. It opens down. Does anyone have a suggestion for a good latch that doesn't have as much give. I'll go take a picture so you can see what I mean. Hang on a sec.
     
  5. Merrymouse

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  6. Merrymouse

    Merrymouse Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    Any suggestions for a better latch? I want it to be safe from raccoons etc so not too simple but not so difficult that I can't open easily as eventually I will be opening this daily for egg collection. If you notice on the right side it isn't exactly flush....ya...that would be my less than perfect measuring skills.
     
  7. Finnie

    Finnie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Attach the latches from the sides, like this:
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    But you may need to fix that right side so it lines up evenly.

    I also put some weatherstripping around mine, so when it closes, it seals it tight like a gasket. I'll get some pictures to show you when I get a chance.
     
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  8. Finnie

    Finnie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here are the photos of mine. You can see I attached the bigger part of the latch that has the hinge to the door. It was just easier for me to put that there, and then place the eye part where it would hold tight enough.

    (And the weatherstripping has gotten pecked at, but I don't think it posed any health hazard to them because most of it is inaccessible when the door is closed. There was very little left exposed for them to get at.)

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    Edited to add: Now that I think about it, most of that weatherstripping got ripped apart because it tends to compress between the boards and stick like glue. So I think the chickens didn't do it. But overall I'm pleased that I bothered to put it on there.
     
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  9. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    This is good, but don't think it will work with the latch she already has....the part on hers that turns makes it inherently 'loose'.
    Maybe she can take it back and replace with the type shown here.
     
  10. Finnie

    Finnie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, I agree. Her latch is the floppy kind. ;)
     

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