$100 Ideas: A Shop Door That Opens Two Ways

September 24, 2016 02:22 AM

$200 Double Your Money Winner: A Shop Door That Opens Two Ways

      Gary Coles
            Idaho Falls,          Idaho

I built onto my 40'x40' shop, adding 50' on the north side with a 14'x27' door opening. Because space and money were limited, I built a door that opens two ways. The two 14'x14' doors hinge at 6', each with three large barn hinges. I used 2½"x4" rectangular tubing for the track and rollers from an old baler. I cut out 1½" on one side of the tubing for the rollers. I also cut a circle for the hinged door and roller to slide out of the rail to fold against the 8' section. When open, the doors only extend 22" from the shop. The total cost of the project was $750—much cheaper than a 14'x27' overhead door. 

Gary Coles farms with his sons, Tyson and Gregory. They raise wheat, barley, alfalfa and beef cattle.



Quick—Any Missing Sockets?


I’ve always had trouble losing sockets, so I bought several socket holders online for ½", 3⁄8" and ¼" drive sockets. Cut lengths of 3⁄16"x2"-wide iron, then drill and thread to screw the socket holders a little off center. Write the sizes next to each socket with a paint stick. I painted the standard socket holder green with yellow lettering and the metric socket holder yellow with black lettering. Now I can glance to see if any sockets are missing and easily find sizes.

Tom Twiss
Otis, Colo.

Try This Soil Sample Helper


To help remove the soil sample from my probe, I made a “helper” that sits in the bottom of a bucket. Weld a 4"-long piece of ½" round rod to a flat metal plate that fits in a 5-gal. bucket. To protect the sharp edge of the probe, cover the rod with rubber. After taking a soil sample, push the probe down on the rod—the soil will easily pop out into the bucket.

Lyle C. Tabb, IV
Kearneysville, W.Va.

How to Enter

Submit your unpublished idea with a description, photo or sketch, address and phone number.

What You Win

  • All winners receive a hat, check and die-cast metal replica (1⁄16th scale) John Deere 8370R tractor, part of the collector’s edition Prestige line from Ertl, and are featured in Farm Journal and on AgWeb. 
  • The Double Your Money winner receives $200 and is featured on “AgriTalk” radio.
  • All other winners receive $100. 




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