I’ve always wanted to own my own hangar. I put it off for many years until I could afford to do what I wanted. I didn’t want to settle on something that was too small, too far away or not built properly. I was finally able to do that but I was not happy with any of the hangar door options that I had so I decided to build my own door.
The door is going be a bi-fold door. This is the kind of hangar door that is suspended from the top and opens upward by bending outward in the middle. The dimensions of the opening are 60′ wide by 16′ tall. It’s made mostly of 2″ x 2″ square tubing. There is some 1-1/2″ x 2″ and some 2″ x 3″ tubing as well. I laid it all out on the floor of the hangar. This was less than optimal since my airplane was stuck back in the corner of a hangar that had a very large hole in one end of it for several months. I also elected to work on the door before doing the electrical work. This was also a mistake since I did most of this work during the winter months and it get’s dark very early so I couldn’t do any work after work. Had I done the lights in the hangar before building I would have been done sooner with both. Once I got started on the door I couldn’t really do the lights because the door was in the way, so I was stuck.
Anyway, a 60′ x 16′ door turned out to be a much bigger challenge than I thought. It didn’t look that big on paper. It was a lot of welding. The worst part was getting it up off the floor to paint. I had to enlist the help of the neighbors several times to lift each panel and to turn it over.
It was too big of a door for me to install myself so I hired the same company that built the building to come back and hang it.
Once the door panels were up I had to hurry and get the straps and cables put in. It worked out okay because the company that was putting it up for me had another job that had to be done so it gave me time to install the lift straps and the cables. I could have done this after the sheet metal was put on but it was much easier to do without the sheet metal.
Once I was done with that the installers came back and put on the sheet metal.
The door is installed in the building with the sheet metal and insulation complete. Now it’s up to me to install the motor, shafting, electrical and the rest of the odd and end bits that make it move. Stay tuned.