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Happy Tails Farm
Vass, NC

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December 2010


Building a Hoop House

Hoop House FrameThe base is made of 2 4x4's 8' and 3 2x4's 8'. the 4x4's are cut on a 45 degree angle on one end. 2 of 2x4's are notched to stand on there side and fit over the end of the 4x4's with 1 1/2 inches above the 4x4. The 3rd 2x4 is cut into 2' pieces and cut at 45 degree angles to square the corners. These parts are assembled into a square and bolted and screwed together.
Next the cattle panel gets stapled to the 4x4's on both sides 1 1/2 inches from the ground or in the middle of the 4x4. I used a 2x4 to lay the panel on and staple it to the 4x4 so it was straight. Starting from the square end of the 4x4 and allowing 1" of the cattle panel past the end of the 4x4. Hoop House FrameThen the second panel over laps the first in the middle and gets stapled to the 4x4 as the first did. I secured the 2 panels together with zip ties to hold them in place together during the assembly. Next is the front and back frames I used 1x4's cut to fit snugly inside the hoop. They were screwed together and I used staples to anchor them to the hoop. The frame opening is 2'. Hoop House BackNow the plywood 3/8's can be cut to fit the arch of the hoop in the back and screwed to the 1x4's. Then cut 1x4's to fit the sides of the plywood and attached to the plywood with screws and stapled to the hoop. I finished the front frame using 1x4's cut to fit using screws to attach them to each other and staples to attach to the hoop. Hoop house FrameNow I used chicken wire on the sides and front stapling it to the wood and using zip ties to attach it to the hoop at the top and ends. The wire is 4' on the sides and goes to the top in the front. Now the Door is cut to fit in the 2' opening. I used 1x4's to make the frame and stapled chicken wire to the front of it. Hoop House WireI used 2 3" hinges to anchor it to the door frame leaving ample room for the door to swing. I did add a 45 degree brace so the door would not sag. Next comes the roof. 4 12' corrugated plastic panels will cover the top of the hoop. They are cut to length with a 1" to 2" overhang on each end. The scraps will be used on the bottom back sides. Hoop House RoofI used 3/4" plywood cut in strips of 1-1/2" 8' long to anchor the plastic to. Using vice grips to hold the panels and strips in place screwed the plastic panels to the wood strips under the hoop. This is at least a 2 person job. Hoop House insideI used Tuftex screws to sandwich the hoop between the plastic panels and the wood strips. I used one strip at each seam of plastic or every 2'. Once the 4 roof panels are in place use the scrap panels to finish the rear sides to the ground. To finish the back and protect the wood I used some old vinyl siding to cover the back wall of the house. Using 1/2" screws to anchor the siding to the plywood and leaving a small opening at the top for ventilation.Hoop House Back I added roosts using 2x2's cutting to length and cutting angles to match the hoop. Then cut a notch in the end so it would fit snuggly against the hoop frame and anchored with a staple. I cut a piece of 3/4 plywood to set the water fount on.Hoop House Finished
I have used this design for other animals as well. I have added a full treated plywood floor with 2x4 supports every 2' and left the front open for my pigs and goats. I did continue the roof to the ground so 3 side were fully covered. I have since done away with the rope on the front and added 2 eye hooks and use the rope with "S" hooks and tractor to move the houses around the farm to where they are needed.


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