build-a-barn ~ doors

The focus lately has been on getting the barn ready for cold weather. Our electricians hooked the outdoor water heater up last week, the day before winter temps arrived. Brad has been working hard on getting the tack room door up. It was no easy task:

tack room entrance got trimmed
our long awaited metal door frame arrived

Brad cut wood to fit panel areas
and attached hardware

door is hung and ready for staining
trim was stained earlier

our dehumidifier hose runs through the wall now,
it fits neatly in the floor crease, runs into the floor drain

finished sliding tack room door
Brad did an amazing job on the tack room door! It was his idea to order a stall front that matches our stalls, and I love what he did!! Now if only we could get the plumbers back out to hook up our hot water in the barn...we could finish the inside of the tack room. 
We need warm water for cleaning tack, especially now that it is cold.
 I've hauled hot water from the house, but things like blankets & pads clean better with force from a spray nozzle.


Another current project is insulating the metal barn doors:

insulation is cut to fit inside door panels

then gets covered with milk board

Brad is not done with insulating the barn doors yet. It is a lot of measuring, cutting etc. Our barn door side creases will be blocked with door strip flaps, not sure what is happening with the bottom gap. I might make some type of removable flex block for the bottom, that mice won't love. 
What do you guys use for blocking breezy barn door gaps? 

After the barn ceiling insulation get's blown in, our barn will be winterized. I think. At least we are on that busy contractors schedule. This will be our first winter here with the horses. It will be interesting to see how everything works out.


Grey Horse Matters said...

The tack room door looks great! Our outside doors that slide to open and close don't have any thing on the bottom blocking air or critters. Sometimes we even leave them open a crack so there's good fresh air ventilation. I'm sure you'll think of something.

aurora said...

I have noticed a difference in the barn parfum since we stopped leaving the sliding doors open during the day. Maybe a little fresh air isn't a bad thing. I was just thinking it would help keep the cold air out. We turned our fans off until we get the ceiling insulated. Once those are circulating air again, it may be enough.

Grey Horse Matters said...

When the doors are all closed and there’s no outside air circulating through the barn the ammonia from the urine does smell and it’s not good for the horses to breath that in all night so that’s why we leave the doors open a crack sometimes. Nate had breathing problems so we were always careful with the air in the barn. We also put down PDZ on the mats under the shavings when we clean the stall out.

aurora said...

I've never heard of PDZ, we've just always used barn lime. From what I just read PDZ is much more affective. Thanks for sharing, I am going to try some. Don't get me started, I know how awful barns can get when closed up (and heated) for the winter. It's especially bad for show horses that don't ever get out to breath fresh air...it's sad. Our barn will never (ever, ever) smell like that!!

Linda said...

Oh, what a beautiful door!! Brad did good!! And I love the way it rolls open. Very chic. I’ve never thought about insulating barn doors, but I can imagine they let in a lot of cold air. My horses are fluff balls because they really have to tough it in winter. And, it makes it hard for me to be out there very long, which is the saddest part.

Shirley said...

Very nice work! Ventilation is really important in a barn, and one other thing about not having air flow is condensation; which of course leads to mould because of the moisture content in the air.

Mrs Shoes said...

I use StallDry (available at Peavey Mart Aurora) sort of like PDZ, neutralizes ammonia. There's about 4 inches under the barn door, in deep winter I block it with straw bales so that snow does blow under and in, but until it's really bitter outside, I leave the space so the cats can move in & out freely.
Tackroom door looks great!

aurora said...

Truth be told, the insulating is for us humans. Our horses have all wintered outside just fine in the past. I love having our metal sliding doors insulated. They feel less tinny, and more substantial. Plus it eliminates those "shelf" areas where dirt and cobwebs multiply so quickly.

Brad mentioned StallDry after I shared the PDZ info, altho I had never heard of it. It's good to know there are options. We don't have barn cats, yet. I am sure they would rather roam at will. We may end up with a small pet door opening some place where it's more protected, or better yet they will learn when it's time to come in.