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Covering the bee covers with flashing

Finishing the bee box lid

Cut corner of flashing to make a bee box lidMark had all the tools laid out around the chicken tractor, so I decided to finish up my bee box exterior covers.  The result is very serviceable, but I wish I'd taken the time to measure and bend the flashing a bit more carefully --- the picture on the lower left shows what happens when you bend your flashing wrong and have to rebend it....

You can probably guess what I did from the photos, but if you can't --- first, I cut two pieces of flashing a bit longer than the length of the exterior cover.  I made a small cut in two of the corners (shown at right) and then bent the flaps over to make a corner (top left).  As I went along, I realized that the sharp corners were potentially hazardous, so I folded them under a bit.  Then I screwed the flashing onto the top of the cover, and repeated with another piece on the other side.  Our bee box is nearly ready for bees!

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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