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 Out Of The Brooder

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    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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

    karlamaria Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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

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    weather stripping for doors works well.
     
  6. line-rat

    line-rat Out Of The Brooder

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    old bicycle inner tube will work.
     
  7. berniezahm

    berniezahm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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.
     
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  9. ScottM

    ScottM Chillin' With My Peeps

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

    seanb Chillin' With My Peeps

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