What can I build/use for a door in an old barn?


I have a very small barn/chicken coop on my land that we basically use as a shed. It currently has a standard door on it. However I just got a new riding lawnmower and would like to store it in said barn. It needs a ramp (there is a lip) and it won't fit through the door.

I am looking for ideas on what kind of door I could use/make. The door is situated about 8 inches from one of the corners of the barn and there are no other windows on the door side. If I were to slap on a 36" hinged door it would open to the inside and be hitting a window on the perpendicular wall.

Cheap would be great, easy to use is a plus, cool looking, and most of all sturdy. I may lock the door (in any way) but security isn't a huge issue as someone who was looking to steal things would have other...

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So, here’s something fun on a Monday… this afternoon (Monday 8/26) I’ll be participating in Lifehacker’s Ask an Expert series from 3-4 PM EST. It’s a live chat, and I’ll be fielding questions related to my area of expertise (which, given the day, could be DIY, power tools, and what to do when chickens have taken over your kitchen.) I’ll post links to the chat on Facebook and Twitter around 3 PM EST if you want to join to ask a question or point and laugh at my spelling errors and EXCESSIVE USE OF CAPS. What can I say? I get super excited to talk about tools.

In the meantime, however, let’s talk about barn doors. Now, if I was just a little bit meaner, I would have titled this post “How to Build a Barn Door” and then google would direct eight million people to this website, all of whom would take a look at this thing…

And go, “WTF google? I can’t put that shit in my kitchen.” (Insert evil cackle here.) Seriously, when’s the last time you saw someone build a...

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This is a salvage and build video on a table I made from an old barn stall door. Great repurpose on something I've had laying around for seven years.

The music is original by "Johnny Staats and the Delivery Boys" If you
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Great tune here on YouTube:

He is very well known inThe Bluegrass music world and internationally as a mandolin virtuoso.
As to copy right usage, please stay with it until the credits are done. I attached Johnny's voicemail giving me permission to use his song. He's a great guy and you can tell he's a totally down to earth and forthright man who enjoys his music.
Thanks Johnny.

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UPDATE: Since writing this post I have received so many questions regarding the hardware. I have searched and searched for another alternative and found an inexpensive option for barn door hardware on Amazon here. This is a great affordable option if you don’t want to build the entire thing yourself. However if you do please refer to the instructions below.

Living in a remodeled farmhouse we have lots of little nooks and crannies that I’m always trying to make function better. So building a sliding barn door was the perfect solution for a recent small space dilemma. Sliding barn doors are extremely popular in home design. They are great when traditional swinging doors are cumbersome. Unfortunately the tracks, doors and hardware can be super expensive. And I don’t know about you but my budget is always limiting my DIY material purchases.

For instance in our garage we have this wonky little storage closet. It used to be a porch entrance before we built our...

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I’m not a super “wanty” person (is that a word?) but I want a barn door in my house

…and I want one bad.

What does it matter that we really don’t have any space to put one?

I’m still holding out the hope that somehow I can talk my husband into making one.

I’ll figure out the little details, like where we’d install it … later.

While I patiently wait for him to agree with me that we need one, I decided to make my own mini version and install it on a rustic wall cabinet, so he sees how amazing one would look.

I can hear him now. He’ll start carrying on about how smart I am,

and wonder why didn’t he think of this sooner,

and he’ll beg me to figure out where we can install one.

and I’ll calmly agree with him, while jumping up and down (on the inside)

… welcome to my fantasy world.


I started out with an old crate that’s been hanging in my kitchen. At first, it looked really...

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Barn doors have a very unique, somewhat rustic look that you won’t find with any new or old door. However, unlike what the name might suggest, barn doors are incredibly versatile pieces that can be used indoors as well as outdoors and serve a number of purposes equally well.

Whether you already have a barn door that you want to use or reuse indoors, or you simply like the look of one but have no clue of how to incorporate it into your home, this article is definitely for you.

Here we aim to show you the different ways in which you can fit one or multiple barn doors into your current or upcoming decoration, and how good they can look in different settings, places and themes.

We also want to give you inspiration for your projects, whether you are fully redecorating a room, restoring an old barn door to repurpose it or simply adapting it to fit your special needs.

Check out this list of DIY Ideas & Tutorials To Use Barn Doors In Your Home.

Easy Barn...

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Edited to add: Read all about our additional barn doors here + adding a lock + privacy, here

Last week, we shared something pretty exciting with you. Something we worked really hard on, in the midst of our bathroom redo. We put a lot of sweat into it and we were so amazed by the response… I mean who knew you would love our dance moves as much as we do?! (In case you missed it you can see it here.)

One of our friends told us that if this whole website thing doesn’t work out maybe we can give America’s Got Talent a shot. Yay.

Alas, I suppose I should stop reveling in the moment and get to the real topic of the day: How to build a barn door.

This process is incredibly easy, and the thing we love the most is that it is totally customizable for your home. So as I explain this, remember to convert everything to your own door sizes because this tutorial is for a mammoth 43 inch x 88 inch door.

Tools you’ll need:

• miter box...

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Barn doors are hugely popular right now. Interest in barn doors (including entertainment centers with sliding barn doors covering the cabinets) has only increased among our customers.

Let’s talk about the most important things you need to know if you’re thinking about having a barn door custom-made to slide across an entranceway or closet opening inside your home.

You don’t need to live in a converted barn or farmhouse-styled home in order to enjoy interior barn doors. One thing customers love about the barn doors we craft is how the mix of different kinds of wood and metal hardware — including pulls and hangers — look so good together.

A sliding barn door can be a space saver if the opening it covers doesn’t allow for the radial space needed by a standard swing-open door. On the other hand, a certain amount of wall space is needed to allow for a barn door to fully slide open and closed across the opening.

Barn doors are often a good solution for other...

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Before you start researching how to build barn doors, you need to determine which type of door you need. Here, we lay out three types of barn doors and which is best for your building.

Are you looking to construct a farm workshop or implement a storage shed? Or are you building your dream horse barn? Keep in mind that the type of door you need to install differs depending on what type of pole barn building you have and how you intend to use it.

There are three common types of pole barn doors — sliding, overhead and hydraulic. Here, we break down these three types of barn doors to help you make the right decision.

If you’re on a budget, choose a sliding door.

Sliding doors are a great bargain if you do not plan to move your equipment in and out of your building on a daily basis, or if you don’t mind manually opening and closing the door.

Each time you enter or leave your building for an extended period of time, you’ll have to unlatch and...

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Tombstone Livestock said...

Good thoughts to ponder. If you look at old photos .... 100 years ago ... horses did not look like today's horses, so commercial feeds have definitely changed things a bit, of course now horses are bathed and clipped also which also alters appearances. But if you look at necks and back topline on horses years ago, there is a big difference.

Either I haven't been looking or Broom Corn seed is not common in California. There is a grass here that is called "Johnson Grass" which I am told is a type of Sorghum.

Goats prefer more of a woody brush type habitat than sheep. My goats will eat roses, thistles, poison oak, fruit trees, pine trees, tree trees, BTW did I mention they like to eat trees?

January 29, 2012 at 6:20 PM The Weekend Homesteader said...

Making and/or producing your own animal feed is indeed a complicated subject. I have always wanted to mix my own chicken feed, but finding the right mix and then sources for the...

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Mike Oehler’s pit greenhouse design

I see at least two main approaches to building a pit house with earthbags:

1. Mimic

Mike Oehler’s greenhouse design

using earthbags instead of poles and shoring.

2. Mimic conventional

walipini pit greenhouses

. That’s what I’ve chosen to do in the following drawing. It’s very similar to typical walipini’s, so follow the directions in the link. Which one is best? It would be good to build both designs and measure their performance to see how they compare.

Earthbag pit greenhouse insulated with scoria or pumice (click to enlarge)


Earthbag Pit Greenhouses

Note: high quality greenhouse plastic film is recommended, not ordinary plastic...

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The Civilian Marksmanship Program has been providing arms to civilian match shooters and riflemen for over 110 years, but one weapon left off the list of civilian-legal surplus firearms the CMP is allowed to sell to civilian shooters is the venerable 1911 handgun. However, that may soon change. For the past couple of years, variations of the National Defense Authorization Act have been proposed that would change the law establishing the CMP to allow them to sell 1911 handguns to the American public, but so far none of these versions have passed and become law. The most recent version of the NDAA provides for the sale of 1911 handguns (albeit in a different manner than the rifles, i.e. through an FFL) through the organization, and is poised to be signed in the next week. Hognose of WeaponsMan reports:

According to Al Jazeera, which is bent out of shape because the language forbidding the closure of Guantanamo remains, the President will sign the changed National Defense...

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