In preparation for the bees that will arrive in a couple of weeks, I put my completed hive outside this weekend to test it durig rain. Prior to this I applied tung oil and did my best to put the hive together with as much care as i could. I had issues from the start with the roof as some of the segments were warped and did not layer well. I had to drill new screw holes and patched what I could with wood filler. When I looked at the hive earlier today i notIced that there was some water on the top cover under a he roof, in a few spots. It looks like the bulk of it came from a few knots in the roof. I applied more wood filler here and there and tried to press it in the knots, but I am not certain that this will do it. How should I go about fixing these water leaks? Is there some other product i should use other than that his wood filler i have? I am not very confident in it. Is there some coating that i should apply over the tung oil to make the roof water proof? Something that wouldn’t be toxic to me or the bees…
On the same note, because it rains a fair amount here in Washington State, what about all these spaces I see on the corners of the boxes, where those wood fingers come together? Wouldn’t a side rain/wind get the rain water in? Someone said the bees will fix them from the inside… Is that so or should I find a way to fill them in somehow? They arent big gaps, but they are definitely there.
I should also state that it is disappointing that i have to spend time fixing roof holes on a kit like this that costed me quite a bit of money… I guess it is what it is… I was expecting better build quality.