ugh- help me put up my walls!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by mackenziesmomma, Feb 14, 2009.

  1. mackenziesmomma

    mackenziesmomma Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 7, 2008
    I have plywood (outdoor paneling) I am trying to put it. What is the *secret* to hanging this stuff? My walls/ floor are level... but I can't seem to get walls up in line/ level.

    Please help!

  2. mmtillman

    mmtillman Chillin' With My Peeps takes more then one person to do it ...I can tell you that. [​IMG]
    DH and I just finished our coop and it took both of us to do most of it.....we used wafer board and it is awkward to handle alone!! [​IMG]
    or you can put up strips of wood to rest it on so you can nail it??
    Good luck and hope to see your pix of your coop soon!! [​IMG]
  3. felidaet

    felidaet Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 10, 2008
    Vancouver, Wa.
    The easiest way is to frame a wall laying flat on the coop floor. Then put has much of the plywood as you can on it before standing up the wall. This is how most houses are framed.

    I built two of the walls of my coop today and used this technique. It is much easier than trying to hang it on the wall after it is standing. I am have my plywood go all of the way to the bottom of the floor joists. You just need to remember to leave this much extra plywood hanging below below the bottom of the wall plate.
  4. mackenziesmomma

    mackenziesmomma Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 7, 2008
    I already put the framing of my walls up [​IMG]

    The walls are 8 ft high... would you use two pieces of siding and cut the top piece?
  5. Brad7558

    Brad7558 Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 14, 2008
    Get yourself a level and a kicker. Put the ply on its side and go from there just like sheet rocking. Just square up your framing first. Doing this also helps reinforce the walls.
  6. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    The walls are 8 ft high... would you use two pieces of siding and cut the top piece?

    The paneling should be 4 X 8, so you dont have to cut anything.

    Start on an outside corner and nail the top of the sheet flush with the top of the wall and even with the outside corner. Then push or pull the wall until the side lines up all the way down, and your wall will then be square​
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2009
  7. jubylives

    jubylives Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 23, 2007
    Central Iowa
    Quote:Is your roof on already and is this for the outside or inside? Do you have any pics of what you are working on?

  8. mackenziesmomma

    mackenziesmomma Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 7, 2008
    Thanks for the responses!

    Everything is level (well, as level as I could get it). On one board the bubble on the level is maybe 5%-7% over. I spent hours on trying to get everything level- gosh it is hard! I got it as close as I could.

    What is a kicker?

    My walls are actually 8 ft, 6 inches. I used 2x4x8s for the boards that run vertical. My bottom board is a 2x4, as is the top board and the top plate board that I put on top of all the walls. I will be 6 inches short. [​IMG]

    I started at the bottom corner...but it sounds like maybe I should have gone from the top?

    I haven't started the roof yet (not looking forward to it either). I plan on doing a gable and building trusses on the ground first.

    The walls are for the outside. I don't plan on putting walls in the inside.

    I'll post a picture...let me go find the camera.
    Last edited: Feb 15, 2009
  9. RendonRoo

    RendonRoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 7, 2009
    ft. worth
    Just a suggestion... Check with your local high school. If they have a building trades class they may need a project. It could get your coop finished and not cost anything for the help. Let us know how it's going. Good Luck

    P.S. Boy Scouts is another place to check. There is bound to be a merit badge here somewhere.
  10. bid

    bid Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 3, 2009
    Drive two nails along the bottom plate and let them hold the weight of the plywood. It helps if you start some nails along the top of the plywood where you don't have to try and hold a nail, a hammer and the plywood all at the same time.

    A kicker is basically a lever. They sell them with a roller in the middle and a lip on the front for hanging drywall. You can make the same thing with two pieces of wood if you don't have to lift the material very far off of the ground.

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