Yesterday I finished work on the bee shed project!
I started by digging a small ditch on the uphill sides, mounding dirt against the base of the walls, so rain will be diverted around the shed, instead of seeping under the walls:
I then scraped off the worst excess of the expanding foam filler.
I mentioned last time that I wasn’t entirely happy with the top panel of the door, so next I replaced it with a clear panel, and caulked it:
The caulk goes on white, but cures to clear, so it’ll be less visible once dry:
I may need to top up the caulk once it has cured, if I missed any spots.
Here are the finished walls and door; you can also see scraped off filler foam on the ground, which I cleaned up later:
To make it easier to close the door from inside, I added a handle on the inside of the door:
It’s easy to lift the latch to open the door from inside.
The door wall from inside:
The next step was to finish the shelving, with plywood panels:
The completed shelving:
Looking in from the doorway:
I could then move the hive feeders, boxes, lids, etc onto the shelves; I’ll move more equipment from the workshop in due course:
The last step (other than removing the wood scraps and tools) was to install a mirror. These are reflective self-adhesive plastic sheets; not as smooth a reflection as a glass mirror, but safer, and good enough:
The reason for a mirror in the bee shed is to help put on our bee suits in there. Though it’s fairly likely we’ll continue to put on the suits in the back of the workshop, as the bees can be a bit aggressive after an inspection, so getting some distance from the hives before taking off the suits is usually preferred.
Here’s me in the mirror, in my work overalls and hat; definitely some distortion, but not too egregious:
That concludes the bee shed project! I may do some minor tweaks, like touching up the caulking, but it’s basically done now. It will be a more convenient location for our beekeeping equipment, no longer needing to lug hive boxes etc on a cart from the shop, or going back to the shop to grab something in the hot bee suit.