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post #1 of 19 Old 08-10-2020, 02:43 PM Thread Starter
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Horse Run In Window!

Hello, my horse run in is 16’x30’ with a 4’ overhang. I added two hinged windows towards the back wall that faces prevailing winds which faces North, but I would like to add one more window on the right wall which faces East. I would like this window to slide instead of hinges. I will be making them out of wood, like the back ones. Does anyone have any idea how to make the wood window slide? I know you would need tracks but all the tracks I see are the ones for doors. Looking for advice and/or opinions. Pictures would be welcome if anyone has anything like it. Thanks in advance.
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This is a really cool page (at least to me, I'm a history nerd) about construction of this very old house. If you scroll way down you will see a window with a sliding window shutter -- is that what you are looking to do?

https://historicipswich.org/construc...-knight-house/
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post #3 of 19 Old 08-10-2020, 04:15 PM
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Track for a sliding closet door should work...maybe if your window isn't too heavy. Or get a heavy duty closet door track. Just go to Home Depot or Lows inspect what's available for sliding doors. Window is just a short door. Kinda.

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What about kitchen drawer glides? Depends upon how big you plan your window to be overall...
You can get roller door guides for closet doors or complete sets for barn door sliders.

On rollers....only thing not sure how to figure is securing it shut tightly so whipping winds from storms not take it off the track all together..


You can also just use a router and make a track a bit wider than the board you wish to use for the window covering...
So say the slide board is 3/4" thick I would make a track top & bottom out of a 2x4 cause to day that wood is 1.5x3.5 finished...
Route out 7/8" thick and make it long enough the entire window piece slides inside that track against the wall...again, a simple closure you need to figure for securing, preventing wind from rattling it open.
Waxing the wood edge can give slip factor but not sure how long that would last.



You could just go the route of piano hinge or large supporting hinges so the board can fold down, fold back up and secure with a twisting piece of wood at either end for a simple window design and no need of tracks made.
What about doing shutter style window...open the latch and secure back both sides, close it up and latch it securely closed...4 hinges and again a latch to close it.
Or one large window, add a frame and HD support hinges and a center stall door slide latch to lock tight as needed...
So many ways to do just depends how much work and expense you want to do or spend creating.

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@ horselovingguy, thank you for your reply. You just gave me a great idea. Making the window like shutters, I like that idea. The back window are just 4 square foot windows made out of 2 x 2 lumber and same siding I used on outside of run in. But the side window will actually be 42” wide so I might just do shutters. Thanks for the idea.
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This is a really cool page (at least to me, I'm a history nerd) about construction of this very old house. If you scroll way down you will see a window with a sliding window shutter -- is that what you are looking to do?

https://historicipswich.org/construc...-knight-house/
Thanks for your reply. I wanted to make it where it slides when open and back into place but I think it’s going to be too much of a hassle so I think I’m going to make it like @horseloving guy said do it like shutters. It would be easier for me since I am trying g to make it quick is too darn hot outsid everyday here in central Florida. Thanks again 😊
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Work fast....we may have trouble brewing aka storm coming...
Make sure you have time to seal up before bad weather comes our way as you know is going to yet happen...
We aren't going to luck out much more before we take a hefty hit..
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Work fast....we may have trouble brewing aka storm coming...
Make sure you have time to seal up before bad weather comes our way as you know is going to yet happen...
We aren't going to luck out much more before we take a hefty hit.. <img style="max-width:100%;" src="https://www.horseforum.com/images/smilies/frown_color.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Frown Color" class="inlineimg" />
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Yes I know. I am not looking forward to it. Since I had this lean to run in with overhang it scares me to death not knowing what could happen to it. But hey it’s Florida &#x1f601; Thanks again for your advice.
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Work fast....we may have trouble brewing aka storm coming...
Make sure you have time to seal up before bad weather comes our way as you know is going to yet happen...
We aren't going to luck out much more before we take a hefty hit.. <img style="max-width:100%;" src="https://www.horseforum.com/images/smilies/frown_color.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Frown Color" class="inlineimg" />
<img style="max-width:100%;" src="https://www.horseforum.com/images/smilies/runninghorse2.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Runninghorse2" class="inlineimg" />...
Yes I know. I am not looking forward to it. Since I had this lean to run in with overhang it scares me to death not knowing what could happen to it. But hey it’s Florida &#x1f601; Thanks again for your advice.
I wanted to ask you, you have any idea what I could do so it would be easier for me to reach the window to close it. You see my run in is 12’ up front and 10’ in back. I have two Shire boys 18 hands each so I made windows high so they can look out back and I can’t hardly reach them &#x1f602;&#x1f602;&#x1f602;
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When we had the new barn built I wanted the horses to be able to look out of their stables at the back. So, as the little barn had top door on the stalls which I would never use, we had those installed. Easy to open and close, no glass/Perspex to keep clean.

This worked very well so in the old barn the builders did the same. Metal frame with plywood.
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