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07-10-2004, 11:13 PM
I recently made up a bee vacuum and tried it out . I found a culligan water bottle was easyly adaptable for me to use . I am currently working on a bee job in a house that they don't want openned up .This one of 7 jugs of bees that I recovered useing a bee check valve that I made from a Dadant bee excluder cone they sell .
[This message has been edited by Drifter (edited July 12, 2004).]
07-11-2004, 05:59 AM
Drifter, I am forbiden to open the site. The server that you have that on won't let me look at it. Now you got me curious. http://www.beesource.com/ubb/smile.gif
07-11-2004, 06:49 AM
Same here I can't see it
07-11-2004, 10:24 AM
Just try again, about the third time it loads fine...
07-11-2004, 02:17 PM
Drifter; Are thoes bees alive, or dead?
07-12-2004, 07:34 PM
Them are about 90% alaive with that vac system I run now .
Bad news is they done left the next morning . Guess going to have to figure a way to keep em around now .
07-12-2004, 07:55 PM
OK... I tried about 10 times and still cant get past the forbidden page
me either, cant get through to see the pictures. I'm very curious to see it!
07-13-2004, 12:14 PM
Nope can't do. http://www.beesource.com/ubb/frown.gif
07-13-2004, 06:34 PM
Where does everyone else post pictures that all can see ?
07-13-2004, 06:52 PM
I use tripod which is a free service. You get some web space and I just post a link to my free web site.
07-13-2004, 08:02 PM
Well, I got to the picture, but..the bee vac is wierd...no way to get the bees out of the bottle,....try an five gallon bucket vac.
07-14-2004, 12:21 AM
I do alot of structial, bee colony removal each year. Years ago I built a vacuum receiver box out of 1/4" plywood. I wanted it light. It was framed on the inside with 3/4" X 3/4" allowing dry wall screws and glue to make it vac. tight.
The size is equal to a deep bee box.
The inlet hose hole for 2-1/4" hose, is on the side that would be the front or rear of a hive box. Soft sponge rubber is inside opposite that hole, other side,to help the incomming bees slow down.
The vacuum is connected by an other hose to the box cover, that has 1/8" hwd. cloth covering the 3/4" framing on it. The box and its cover when I am useing it are held together with 1" masking tape making box vac. tight with quick release of lid when required.
On the opposite side of the box from the cover I cut a 12"X16" aprox. hole in the plywood , framed the hole on inside to alow cut out piece to fit back in hole with 1/8" hwd. cloth covering frame on inside. Now this cutout piece is removed when bees have all been vacuumed and are transported. They need plenty of air. This cutout pannel is also sealed with masking tape when vacuuming bees.
The removed brood combs are placed into deep frames that are placed temp. in a screened transport hive and taken to bee yard. Transport hive bottom board has hole that indexes with vac. box when vac. box is turned on end and transport hive is set on top. Small screens covering holes are removed, bees move up on to their brood comb by their selves with in several hours an stay.
This box has been used for hundreds of removels over the years and concept expedites the removal process. No angry bees to contend with at site.
Walt, Can you post a picture? Sounds like a nice set up.
07-14-2004, 04:25 PM
I will post pictures of the assembly soon,when I learn how to.
07-14-2004, 05:10 PM
I made mine out of plastic containers from walmart. My inside box is a 68 quart I think then I found one large enough that the inside box fit into. I cut big holes(about 12" x 12") on both sides of the inside box and hot glued screen to the inside. The only thing I dont like is the outside box never seals very good so I use duct tape around the seam. I can control the suction by increasing / decreasing the amount of tape around the outside seam.
The box is extremely lite weight