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    Re: Screws, staples and glue........

    Strongest and likely longest lasting joint is box joint with glue and non rusting screw. Screw is best holding power of fasteners and provides tightest wood to glue to wood contact.

    Next is rust...
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    Re: Screws, staples and glue........

    Yes I use glue on all joints - just pointing out benefit of ardox nails. And use the galvanized ardox nail.

    Standard staple will be the first to rust off.
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    Re: Screws, staples and glue........

    Ardox spiral nails with hold considerably better than a smooth nail. But not as good as a screw. Think the use of a hammer makes the nailed joint tighter than a staple.

    I think order of holding...
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    Re: To wrap or not?

    I'd recommend insulation on sides as well, in addition to the wrap.

    Not so much for wintering in your climate, but if you leave it on until any risk of a late spring cold snap passes, think...
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    Re: to split or not to split

    The goal for honey production is to get the bee population up to 80,000 prior to nectar flow. And to not let them swarm. It is a fine line.

    I find that by leaving my 2 inch styrofoam(all sides,...
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    Re: My DIY OA Vaporizer!

    Here's my version of a DIY vaporizer. Seemed to be working as intended.

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    Needed to keep increasing the size of the hole in the cap - presently 1/4. Used the applicator through a hole...
  7. Re: McCormick, alias Billy Bee introduces its new Natural Farms honey, a blend of Chi

    Checked the Billy Bee Honey at the local Superstore today.

    On the box containing the honey bear odf honey - "Canada's Favorite Honey"

    On the label on the bear containers - "Canada No. 1 White"...
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    Re: inner cover question

    Here's what a typical inner cover is for our local. 3/8 rim with a 1 1/2 notch.

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    I run notch up to ventilate cavity between top side of inner cover and underside of telescopic cover. ...
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    Re: Step by step tips on extracting

    Once extracting is complete, hang a trouble light with a 60W bulb, in the center of the extractor. Close the lid. It will provide enough heat to get honey off the sides of the extractor and make...
  10. Re: Providing Water When Feeding Bees Sugar on Warm Days

    Place the bird bath in full sun. They like warm water. Also, add a bit of chlorine it, gives a bit of odor and they are attracted by odor. I also don't clean the bird bath for the season and it...
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    Re: plastic vs wax foundation

    The bowing problems were with the Pierco one piece plastic frame c/w plastic foundation. Will not be buying any more any time soon. All recent purchases are wood frames and plastic foundation.
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    Re: plastic vs wax foundation

    :thumbsup: I totally agree. I use black foundation in the brood boxes to make seeing eggs easier and white foundation in honey supers.

    I find the foundation in some of the plastic frames tends...
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    Re: Extractor frames: radial or tangential?

    Is it safe to say that hot room is almost a necessity when running a radial extractor? If not, it is desireable to warm unextracted frames to 100F(37.8C) plus by some method. If you don't, honey...
  14. Re: Positive strategies for the migratory vs. hobby conflict

    I'd be surprised if semi's are used after the bees are dropped off in a staging yard near the almond groves. My guess is that 1- 1/2 ton to 5 plus ton falt deck trucks are used to distribute the...
  15. Re: Positive strategies for the migratory vs. hobby conflict

    Out of curiousity, how wide is the bottom entrance for Commercials on a two deep brood and pail feeding, when hives are located in staging yards?
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    Re: outer cover plastic plug and bucket feeder

    1.5 inches is a very commonly used size. Pretty sure the ones in the video are 1.5 inch.

    Our bee supply store sell 1.25, 1.5 and 2 inch. Have you tried the bee supply stores?
  17. Thread: honey jelly

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    Re: honey jelly

    Also discard any jars with a chips on the rim.

    If you do leave the rim somewhat loose, heat the jar in a water bath to remove the air and then remove the heated jars and tighten, the success ratio...
  18. Thread: honey jelly

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    Re: honey jelly

    Here's a kick at it. Anybody feel free to add. PM me, if you wish, if you want further clarification

    1. Sterlize jars by inverting them in a pan and boil slow for 10 mins. Remove them and let...
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    Re: Hive insulation wrap

    Be cautious- Don't get the interior so warm with insulation on three sides and a dark front on a sunny, yet cold day, that the bees go on cleansing flights. They will perish!

    I now add a 1/2...
  20. Re: People actually make a living with honey production??

    ???? How about "A bad beekeeper won't make honey in a good location and a good beekeeper will make honey in a bad location"
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    Re: Hive insulation wrap

    Unless the sleeves fit quite tight to the hive, there is a some flow of cold air between the hive and the insulation. Think this is going to negate the advantages of insulation. I am trying a piece...
  22. Re: Michigan is going CRAZY! Possible 2015 law change about keeping bees

    Or a 6 ft gence around the apiary
  23. Thread: Candy Board

    by mgolden
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    Re: Candy Board

    Suspect you are correct that the origin of Candy Board is made by boiling and pouring "candy" into a wooden framed mold. However, it is far easier to use a sugar/ water mix to press into the mold. ...
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    Re: My recipe/method for sugar blocks

    <I have no room to put these under my inner cover so I made a "spacer" to put on top of the top super to hold the sugar. I drilled a few 7/16" holes in the sides to allow ventilation. Can someone...
  25. Thread: Moving them in

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    Re: Moving them in

    Think you are on to something. If your mite count is low now (think your test showed this) there is no need to treat now. It may be wise to wait until Marchish, before any/much brood build up.
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