W.A. Coolidge Company is a full service construction company serving the Seacoast of New Hampshire, Maine, and Northern Massachusetts. The owners, Wayne A. Coolidge and Wendy A. Wentworth Coolidge have been partners since 1984. We specialize in high quality residential and commercial building, renovations, and restorations.
The Coolidge Company is about flexibility, innovation, and results. Our company will focus on your precise wishes in order to deliver cost-effective solutions to any project. We strive to offer superior quality by using and overseeing the best and reliable subcontractors and suppliers in the area. We believe that every project that we undertake will be completed within a timely fashion as if it was our personal home. We offer first class craftsmanship and attention to detail from start to finish. We want to make your dream project a reality along with providing a fun and memorable experience.
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This renovation features a white kitchen to brighten this beach house with a new, fresh look.
(Hampton Beach, NH)
Chicken Coop Door
Written by: Wayne Coolidge
I built an 8’x12’, split level chicken coop condo, with a full size 3’ entrance door, and an 18”x18” chicken access door. Living out in the woods, we get a lot of predators that are attracted to the chickens, so I have fortified the structure with their safety in mind. We have a dedicated camera on the coop to record the various activities. We have seen dogs, fox, a bear that took a swipe at the door and left claw marks, and a raccoon that stood on its hind legs and was trying to open the door handle with its two front paws. After seeing that video footage, I decided I needed to add another level of security to the door.
The following Saturday morning, I installed a hydraulic closer and a gate latch towards the top of the door. Now to open the door, you need to lift the gate latch, turn the handle, and apply pressure due to the resistance from the closer. No raccoon, even with an accomplice, should be able to do all those things in concert to open the door. I showed Wendy the added security. A win for Wayne. I was rewarded with a kiss.
Later, as I was working out in front of the house, I heard a faint call for help in the distance. Then I heard it again, much louder this time, “HELP.” That was a familiar voice, Wendy was in trouble. My fight or flight instinct kicked in and I sprinted towards the backyard to save her. To my surprise as I rounded the corner, I saw Wendy in the chicken coop, just standing there, yelling for help. As I slowed my pace towards her, it was becoming clear what her predicament was…
“I’m locked in the coop,” she said, “the door closed, and I can’t release the gate latch from in here. I’m stuck. Open the door.”
I don’t know what came over me, but suddenly I felt like I was in the scene from It’s a Wonderful Life when George (Jimmy Stewart) is walking Mary home from the dance and he steps on her robe, which makes it fall off, and she jumps in the bush to hide.
I couldn’t help myself, and I said, “This is a very interesting situation.”...
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