Chicken Coop #2: reciprocating saw fatigue

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Blog entry by fiddlebanshee posted 05-15-2010 03:56 PM 1633 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Gathering tools and supplies Part 2 of Chicken Coop series Part 3: Routing and painting »

The shed to be remodeled into a chicken coop was delivered Monday night. It is the yellow one in the front. The guy who delivered it had a neat little trick by lowering it on pvc pipe so that he could move it around and turn it 90 degrees. Very simple, yet very effective. It ended up being exactly where I needed it.


On Thursday I took the day off to work on the modifications, since our weekends are pretty much taken with packing for the move at this point in time. I got myself a Milwaukee electric sawzall, packed other supplies and tools in the car, including the cabinets that will be the nest boxes and the heavy beast of countertop that will be the poopboard.

My 100 ft extension cord was not long enough to reach the coop, but fortunately the guys who are building our house had plenty of extension cords that I could use. The foreman was highly suspicious of this 50 y/o woman working powertools, but after a while I think I convinced him that I could handle this. So the first order of business was to cut the holes for the windows. I drilled 4 holes with a big drillbit in the corners of the openings and then powered up the sawzall to cut the rectangle—- ehhh, more like a poly-wavy creative shape. But by the fourth one I was going more straight and figured out how to steady this thing.

4 windows

At that point in time I was also extremely tired of holding the thing. So I decided to start on the roosting area. I put some cement blocks on the floor, mounted the countertop with some 2×6 supports (yes I know – overkill but it was free lumber from the construction of the house) fastened with screws to the studs. The countertop was not long enough so I cut two pieces of OSB for the remaining space which on top of each other were exactly as high as the height of the countertop.



I supported the front corner of the counter top with a 2×6 attached to a horizontal 2×6 that’s mounted on a stud. This also holds the two pieces of OSB. On top of this contraption will be 2 washingmachine pans that will catch the poop and are easily removed for cleaning, that sit underneath two roosting poles (2×4’s on their side).

That’s where I left it at, I had been at it for about 5 hours, and I was getting tired. Next installment will see me make more holes in the siding for ventilation and find a solution for finishing off the raw edges of the T1-11.

I’m thinking of mounting 1×2’s in the inside of the openings protruding slightly into the open space and then fastening z-flashing to that and to the outside of the siding. That way I’d be hiding my wavy sawing as well. Any thoughts on if this would effectively prevent moisture problems? These openings will for the most part be open, all windows open at the top with hinges, attached directly to the T1-11.

-- As if I needed another hobby!

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#1 posted 05-15-2010 08:54 PM

Looks like good progress for 5 hours work. It takes me at least that long to get out of my Lazyboy chair.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 05-15-2010 09:02 PM

good to see some one is working…
and welcome to L J enjoy and have fun


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John Ormsby

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#3 posted 05-15-2010 09:46 PM

You could use a router with a straight bit that has a bottom guide bearing to clean up the wavy saw cuts. Just run it along the frame you installed and it will match the inside frame opening.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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#4 posted 05-15-2010 10:16 PM

I had actually thought about that. May do that if I can’t come up with another elegant solution.

-- As if I needed another hobby!

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