Barn Sliding doors

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by Fieldman12, Dec 26, 2007.

  1. Fieldman12

    Fieldman12 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Anyone out there make something that you can put below the doors where they close together that would keep the doors from getting blown in and out? I know they make several different styles that will secure the doors at the bottom but we would like something that you do not have to worry about running over that is either removeable each time you open the door or designed so it can be run over and not break.
     
  2. Fieldman12

    Fieldman12 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    We may have to fabricate something on our own but figured surely they make something.
     
  3. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
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    My grandpa mades some for our shop about 10 years ago. We have a concrete slab floor, so he bolted them right to the floor. Anyway, he essentially made 2 little speedbumps, curved exactly like speed bumps. You can drive over them no problem and the doors can't swing. We have one on each door, so it's single sided.
     
  4. Blyth

    Blyth LawnSite Member
    from tx
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    I am not the best at explaining so bare with me. Can you take a piece of pipe and drive it in the ground just inside or on the outside of the door when it is closed, and then attach a piece of rebar that will fit inside of that pipe to the door so that it slides up and down and when the door is closed you can slide the rebar(or whatever you use) down into the pipe that is in the ground, thus keeping the door from blowing in and out? That is basically what I did on a privacy fence double gate. Your version might have to be beefed up a bit. Hope it helps.
     
  5. wanabe

    wanabe LawnSite Senior Member
    from So. IL
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    You need to go and get a cain bolt for each door. Ask your builder or lumber yard for a couple. No concrete is needed, just drive a section of 1 inch pipe in the ground, and attach the cain bolt to the lower 2x6 of your door.
     
  6. Fieldman12

    Fieldman12 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    We have the cain bolt setup now but the wind has been so bad latley that it is bending the rod. We have thought about beefing it up with a heavier rod but figured it may then rip the screws clean out of the wood where the cain bolt holder fastens to the door. We have a dirt floor with gravel on top.
     
  7. wanabe

    wanabe LawnSite Senior Member
    from So. IL
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    Well that is strange. How big is the air gap under the door? I think it needs to be 1'' or less for the cain bolt to work. how big of a door are we talking. We use them on 2 15' sliders(30 foot opening) and have never had the bolt bend. Post a pic if you can and I will try to figure out what is wrong.
     
  8. Construct'O

    Construct'O LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Sw Iowa
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    Bettter get trees planted Spruce,etc. for your wind break!!!!! Good luck:usflag:
     
  9. SiteSolutions

    SiteSolutions LawnSite Bronze Member
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    A few tons of hot mix asphalt would do it. Make a ramp up on either side of the doors, leaving a channel wide enough for the doors to slide along. You could use scrap 2x lumber to form the channel. You can make the ramps with a shovel and rake, and compact it with anything heavy, even walking on it or driving across it with your truck or tractor once it has cooled slightly.

    I would dig it out a couple inches, to give the asphalt something to anchor to. (Just a 3' wide strip the length of the opening might get pushed around if you just lay it down atop loose gravel.)

    If you didn't want to go full width, you could just do a two foot wide "ant hill" where the doors meet, leaving the channel in the middle.
     
  10. Fieldman12

    Fieldman12 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    There is probably two to three inches under the door. We already thought about raising the floor a bit but really dont want to do that. It is two 15' sliders that we have up. Im thinking about putting a square metal tubing in the ground with another piece that slides inside of it that has a head welded on so the channel of the doors can slide in it.The tubing with the head could be pulled out of the bigger tubing in a half a second once the doors are opened back up. Dont really want to plant trees in front of the doors because its part of the field for crops but that is a good idea. Had thought about a channel but ruled that idea out.
     

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