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Old 05-30-2019, 08:09 PM   #1
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Ideas for sliding door hanging over bare earth


I am building sliding doors for a hoop house.
The doors hang from tracks that I purchased from the local Grainger.

The floor is bare earth and I drive my tiller over that area so I hesitate to install a threshold but I need something to stabilize the doors at the bottom.

The winds here go beyond 60mph so I am considering using a makeshift katie bar type solution to keep them secure until I figure something out.

Anyone have some ideas that can help me out?
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Old 05-30-2019, 08:15 PM   #2
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Use roller guides.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Adjustable-...MAAOSwKNhaqeMu
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Old 05-30-2019, 09:23 PM   #3
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Please post a picture of what your doing.
What's a "hoop house"?
What's a "katie bar"?
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Thanks I think I will use those guides on the sides.

Maybe I could put in a concrete pole base where the doors meet.

Sorry I am so unprepared. I do not have any photos with me at the moment besides this one and the next time I will be back will be in half a week.

Ideas for sliding door hanging over bare earth-op.jpg This is an older photo before I started this project.
I added some rectangles to represent the tracks (on top in red) and the doors (orange)

A hoop house is like a greenhouse.

A katy bar in my case is a long 2x4 that I can put across the doors that will keep it from being pushed open.
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Better is to have a little concrete there and a drop pin off one door and then the two doors are set up with a pin and hole system or a spline and grove so they fit together so it can be locked and will not blow in the wind. So one door is usually locked in place.
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Wow that sounds perfect to me. Thanks much!
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Better is to have a little concrete there and a drop pin off one door and then the two doors are set up with a pin and hole system or a spline and grove so they fit together so it can be locked and will not blow in the wind. So one door is usually locked in place.

That's what I did on my barn [my son's lawnmower shed also] I dug down and inserted a short section of galvanized pipe [concreted in place] that corresponded with the slide bolt at the bottom of the door. Makes the doors very secure.
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I have double barn doors on my shop and use these on each side to hold the doors tight to the building. https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/pr...c?cm_vc=-10005

You could use one of these to join the two panels at the middle, as well as incorporating the rollers mentioned earlier. https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/pr...d?cm_vc=-10005

You didn't mention if there is a "man" door, or if this is the only door available. If this is the only door, then nevermind. You won't be able to get out once you lock it up.
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You could use a hanging sliding barn door. it would be slightly above the ground.
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You didn't mention if there is a "man" door, or if this is the only door available. If this is the only door, then nevermind. You won't be able to get out once you lock it up.
I do have another door. I will consider using these.
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You could use a hanging sliding barn door. it would be slightly above the ground.
I do. And it is.
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That's what I did on my barn [my son's lawnmower shed also] I dug down and inserted a short section of galvanized pipe [concreted in place] that corresponded with the slide bolt at the bottom of the door. Makes the doors very secure.
We did one where we put a length of 6 inch channel iron under the door in the dirt and that worked.
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