Grab a spade bit and drill two holes front and back on your lid, spaced about thirds across the edge. Then staple some flywire over the hole. Voila!
I buy a 4 pack of plastic table mats from Kmart for $2 and use them as hive mats, they fit nicely in an 8 frame box with no trimming needed.
Yes got a spade bit out and did just that, i had some mesh thats used on the corner of walls when rendering, put that on and within 2 mins i saw a bee squeeze her way in through the hole! darn those girls can get into tight spaces ! so had to add a finer peice of mesh,
the mats from kmart sound like a good idea are they smooth or woven? Im thinking that the reason my honey has taken so long to get capped may partially be due to the excess moisture up there that they couldnt get out, this could be a win win situation, many thanks to everyone that has posted their suggestion, Neil