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How can I waterproof a hinged external nest box lid on my copp?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Rich Marshall, Feb 9, 2012.

  1. Rich Marshall

    Rich Marshall In the Brooder

    Oct 27, 2011
    I am stumped...I want to be able to raise the lid of my external nesting boxes but cant work out how the hinge will be waterproof. HELP.!

  2. DanEP

    DanEP Songster

    May 15, 2010
    Cadiz Ky
    I put the hinge right against the outside wall of the coop and then added a 1x4 awning that I had beveled over that. A little caulk and the rain runs off the awning onto the box lid about 4 inches away from the hinge and runs off. It may not be the best way to do it but I had the materials on hand and its been working for two years now.
  3. jamband

    jamband Songster

    Apr 26, 2011
    exterior quality hinge......just like doors on your house,,,,,can even paint em
  4. karlamaria

    karlamaria Songster

    Jan 30, 2011
    Western montana
    We put a piece of rubber along the hinges, works wonderful! We used silicone all along the rubber to keep water from going under it.
  5. Hot2Pot

    Hot2Pot Fox Hollow Rabbitry

    Feb 1, 2010
    West TN
    weather stripping for doors works well.
  6. line-rat

    line-rat In the Brooder

    Nov 7, 2007
    west central ohio
    old bicycle inner tube will work.
  7. berniezahm

    berniezahm Songster

    Oct 24, 2008
    If you know some one with a rubber lined pond, they may have some left overs. Pond lining can be cut to size with scissors. It can be purchased by the foot in pond supply stores. It comes in 4 ft thru 12 ft widths. Nice and flexable and lays flat. A 1 foot by 12 foot piece will make covers for a lot of nestbox hinge lines.
    I last used a 2 1/2 foot long 4 inch wide piece over a 24 inch wide double nest box lid, I used a 2 inch by 30 inch scrap of T1-11 and screwed it to the coop wall just above the hinge line squeezing the top 1 inch of the rubber between the coop wall and the afore mentioned scrap, leaving the remaining 3 or so inches of rubber laying over the top of the nest box lid and hinges.

  8. duckinnut

    duckinnut Songster

    Jul 18, 2010
    Marshfield, Ma.
    Make the nest box back wall fold down instead of a movable roof. If its already built,like the other posters said rubber is a good way to go. If there are any commercial flat roofers around your area they always have left overs from jobs and most times toss short rolls. They would be more than happy to give it to you that way they don't have to pay to get rid of it.
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2012
  9. ScottM

    ScottM Songster

    If you are tiling, you can tile right up to and partially over the hinges
  10. seanb

    seanb Songster

    May 24, 2011
    Central PA
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2012

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