Today’s post follows on from last fortnight’s ‘Site set out for our chicken coop,’ as seen here.
Luke has been busy to say the least. We’re about to kick off our first commercial build in a few weeks (for clients Windaroo Veterinary Surgery) plus, I’ve been on his case to complete our hobbs henhouse stat! We had a great day Sunday in the yard where I learnt to use a dumpy level, by lining up the white triangle in the various post directions and turning the dial to focus on Luke’s measuring tape. After a days work, the end result is a timber frame (almost) ready for roof battens and iron sheeting. So here’s the nitty gritty of how we did it.
We found the shortest post and used that as a guide to trim the others down too.
Precision is key, so we used a square for a sharp angle and a trained eye (of course) before cutting.
I’m not sure if this cutting technique fits all OH&S protocols, but this is how we did it anyway (take caution DIYers).
We didn’t want to have a beam across the front of the henhouse as it would impede on the head height. So we instead installed temporary steel bracing (which we had lying around) prior to installing the rafters for extra security. Note these will come down once the roof is properly secured.
We gave a new lease on life to a few of our old fence rails found in the (soon-to-be) veggie patch. Not to mention this up cycling saved our hip pocket. Luke then used guidance from this book to get the accurate roof pitch that we were happy with – turns out to be 30 degrees exactly.
Using saw stools for stability, he cut one end of the rafters (former fence rails) at angles, and birds mouthed the other end to sit flush on the beams. Next we needed to manoeuvre these HEAVY rails into position which required a ladder and nail gun. (*Here’s where you picture me awkwardly holding two rails whilst trying to keep my balance on the top step without falling).
As our property does cop some wind, so Luke figured best to use appropriate tie-downs; in this case it’s the fixed silver piece above called a triple grip.
To ensure the rafters are solid as rocks, we inserted a ridge beam straight down the middle. This ensures the rafters don’t move around too much before we (later) fit the battens.
Oh, we also added a third row of rafters for added support. It’s starting to look like a hen house now, right?
We’ve also started to fix beams to the outdoor chicken run, using round coppers logs. To keep things nice and pretty, we cut out half of the posts so it sits nice and flush and also stops the beam from rolling around.
We then pre-drilled and fixed down into the post using 100mm galvanised batten screws.
And this is where we’re up to. You can’t rush these things, even if our chickens are arriving this Friday (yikes).
Cladding, roofing, snake proofing all coming soon DIYers.