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Waterproof nesting box lid

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I came up with this for my nesting box lid and wanted to see what people thought about it.  It's not perfect, but I think it should keep the girls dry.  I'm hoping the 16" overhangs keep most of the water out and this should only be needd when it's raining sideways...

 

I searched around Home Depot for rubber strips to seal the hinge area and I was just about to leave with a piece of garage door bottom seal when I stumbled on a roll of shower pan liner.  The shower pan liner was four foot wide and cost $5/ft so I got two 1'x4' pieces for $10 and I was on my way.

 

My nesting box lid is about six feet long so I had to take the two pieces and 'glue' them together to make a 7.5' long piece (6" overlap).  I used some leftover black RTV sealant and spread a thin layer on the over lap and left it sit overnight with some weight on it.

 

I took off the trim board above the nesting box lid and screwed the rubber on about halfway up.

 

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Then I reattached the trim board and put the lid on temporarily to see how much to trim off the bottom of the rubber.

 

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I put the nesting box lid on and mounted the hinges through the rubber.

 

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Then I put on a row of 'ridge shingles' to cover up the hinge and the rubber.  Because it isn't truely a ridge cap, you will need to get some roofing tar and glue down the top and side of each ridge shingle.

 

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I'm also planning on putting some clear silicone along the top of the trim board in between each batten to really seal it up nicely.

 

post #2 of 3

Great idea! I was roaming all over Lowes trying to find a solution to the same problem and didn't come up with anything. Thanks for sharing.
 

post #3 of 3

Nice solution.  I used shingles on the nesting boxes and placed them high enough so that the eave of the roof protects them, too.

 

The joint you covered is a persistent problem for keeping dry.

 

Chris

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