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Building a Pup Home

Building a Pup Home

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Published by: clubwill3 on Dec 14, 2009
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Building a 'Puppy Palace'
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:: Featured: August, 2002 This project started out because I needed a place to help and raise pups.I couldn't find any plans online that showed how to make an above ground kennel for puppies and thebitch. I wanted something above ground that would allow me easy cleanup --> the 'Puppy Palace' wasborn.I guestimated on the size that I wanted it and got to work drawing a rough sketch and a list of materials. I wanted everything that would be exposed to the elements (and pee'd on) to be pressuretreated and galvanized, and everything that the puppies or bitch could get at regular untreated pine. Ialso knew I wanted to have two doors into it -- one in the front and one from the back; directly into thehouse.Supplies needed:
4 - 12 foot 2x4
4 - 12 foot 2x4 pressure treated
2 - 8 foot pieces of 1x3
1 - 50 foot roll of vinyl covered 3' fencing
2 - bundles shingles
1 sheet of particle board
1 sheet 1/2" plywood
box galvanized fence staples
box galvanized 2-1/2" deck screws
box galvanized 1-1/2" deck screws
box roofing nails
 
4 hinges
2 latchesI started by cutting out the basic frame:
4 legs, 56" pressure treated 2x4
2 floor supports (length), 6 feet pressure treated 2x4
3 floor supports (width), 3 feet pressure treated 2x4
3 roof supports (width), 3 feet 2x4 Then I connected all with galvanized deck screws (will be nice if I ever have to take it apart). I also cuta few 6 foot sections of the vinyl covered fencing. I then cut out the floor of the house out of regular1/2" plywood -- and added a diagonal floor brace for under the house. Then I got out the galvanized fence staples and attached the fencing. I put two layers of the fence onthe bottom, front and sides; and aligned it so that the gaps were smaller. Didn't want any puppies to
 
get stuck in the roughly 1-3/4 x 3" gaps, so by doubling it up and offsetting the mesh, I reduced thegaps down by half. Then I framed in the front door out of 2x4 and built the front door out of the 1x3"pine and a piece of the fencing. Then I cut the front house opening from a piece of plywood andscrewed that in place. Then I attached the front door (9-1/2"x16") and hinges and framed in the house door opening (9-1/2"x12"). I then cut out (particle board) and put up the sides. It really started to take shape nicely atthis point.

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