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  1. Thread: TBH Feeders

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    Re: TBH Feeders

    I just did a hive inspection. comb on 16 bars, lots of capped brood and a few bars of honey and pollen.
    While doing the inspection on the top bar I saw some scout bee's checking out my 3rd new...
  2. Thread: TBH Feeders

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    Re: TBH Feeders

    The hive is going on it's 3rd season and has not filled yet. They are staying at about 20 bars. With harvesting and culling out the black brood comb the hive has plenty of room.
  3. Thread: TBH Feeders

    by J-Rat
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    Re: TBH Feeders

    The bee's are on the other side of the follower board. The top pic. shows how the feeder sits in the hive, the follower board has a slot cut in it to match the opening in the feeder. The screen in...
  4. Thread: TBH Feeders

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    Re: TBH Feeders

    http://i988.photobucket.com/albums/af1/J-Rat/P1030336.jpg
    http://i988.photobucket.com/albums/af1/J-Rat/P1030320.jpg
    http://i988.photobucket.com/albums/af1/J-Rat/P1030335.jpg
    I made another...
  5. Thread: tool bucket

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    Re: tool bucket

    http://i988.photobucket.com/albums/af1/J-Rat/P1040282_zpsxj643o3s.jpg
    http://i988.photobucket.com/albums/af1/J-Rat/P1040281_zpsfmnbf1st.jpg
    I made this hive caddy from some scrap wood.
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    Re: bees on hummingbird feeders

    The same thing happened to us last year. The humming bird feeders had hundreds of hungry bee's all over them. I checked the hive and the honey stores were gone. The bee's were also getting mean. I...
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    Re: Installed my first package today

    When I installed my hive it went fairly smooth. Although about 1/4 of the bees were still in the box and couldn't find their way out until I turned the box with the opening facing up.
    The full suit...
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    Re: Installed my first package today

    With the queen cage in your hive the bees should go to her. I would put the package the the bees came in near the entrance of the hive with the exit opening facing up.
    Good Luck.

    Rubber...
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    Re: Installed my first package today

    Bee suit.? I have had my hive one year this April. I didn't always suit up when looking into the hive. Most times it was OK, some times I wished I had my bee suit on.
    If I'm going into the hive I...
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    Re: 5 gal bucket bee vac

    I cut another hole with a sliding cover to regulate the suction. With the inlet on the bucket head. / Hose inlet. and the additional hole in the bucket. The suction at the hose is low. I made two...
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    Re: 5 gal bucket bee vac

    I made this a few months ago. Have not had a chance to use it yet. I also made a second insert/cage.
    http://i988.photobucket.com/albums/af1/J-Rat/P1040276_zpsf15e1h9v.jpg...
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    Re: What sliding compound miter saw should I buy?

    I like dewalt power tools. I have the DW712, It's a 8 1/2" sliding compound miter saw. I also have the DWE7840 portable table saw. These tools make woodworking fun.
  13. Thread: Hive caddy

    by J-Rat
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    Re: Hive caddy

    I think you may be right. A friend of mine called today to see if I would like to help remove a bee hive from a tree house. After loading up my truck with everything that we may need, I see the caddy...
  14. Thread: Hive caddy

    by J-Rat
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    Hive caddy

    I harvested three bars of honey from my top bar hive last Friday. After doing so, I realized that I needed a way to better
    organize my bee equipment. And a way to secure the torch that I light the...
  15. Thread: Bee vacum

    by J-Rat
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    Re: Bee vacum

    I'm retired now. But after 33 years as an outside tech for the phone co. I realized early on that there is more than one way to get the job done. The end result is the same.
    I built the inner...
  16. Thread: Bee vacum

    by J-Rat
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    Re: Bee vacum

    I bought the hose and tapered ends at a vacuum cleaner / sewing machine repair store. The tapered ends fit real tight in the wooden box....
  17. Thread: Bee vacum

    by J-Rat
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    Re: Bee vacum

    I left the inlet port on the buckethead open. With two intake vacuum holes the suction is reduced quite a bit.
    I might drill another hole in the bucket and cover it with a sliding cover, so that I...
  18. Thread: Bee vacum

    by J-Rat
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    Bee vacum

    I made this yesterday. The vac. , bucket and hose = $ 45.00. The screened box was made from scrap that I had. The bottom
    comes off....
  19. Thread: New Beek in PA

    by J-Rat
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    Re: New Beek in PA

    Thanks. It was fun to build and I really enjoy bee keeping. I'm hoping to catch a swarm this spring as I built a lang. hive.
  20. Thread: New Beek in PA

    by J-Rat
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    Re: New Beek in PA

    When I built my TBH last year I didn't have a table saw to rip the bars to 1 1/4 either.( I have since purchased one.) I used 1 1/2 x 3/4 x 17 top bars with a triangle starter strip. My hive is doing...
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    Re: New to site...1st ?

    Your hive looks great. I used 1 x 4 douglas fir for the hive legs and it's just fine.
    http://i988.photobucket.com/albums/af1/J-Rat/P1030333.jpg...
  22. Thread: top bar feeder

    by J-Rat
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    Re: top bar feeder

    Thank You. It was a fun project. After watching many u-tubes on hive construction, it was easy to build.
    I found a bee group in the small town that I live in. They answered lot's of questions and...
  23. Thread: top bar feeder

    by J-Rat
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    Re: top bar feeder

    After working the hive, lots of bee's are in the lid and on top of the bars. I close the lid on the block leaving a gap for the bee's to escape back into the hive.
    The bar with the holes is...
  24. Thread: top bar feeder

    by J-Rat
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    Re: top bar feeder

    It goes inside the hive at the rear. By having the feeder on the other side of the follower board, It makes changing the feeder easy.
    http://i988.photobucket.com/albums/af1/J-Rat/P1030336.jpg
  25. Thread: top bar feeder

    by J-Rat
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    Re: top bar feeder

    I made this one,it has worked very well.
    http://i988.photobucket.com/albums/af1/J-Rat/P1030320.jpg
    I cut a hole in the follower board to match the feeder.#8 hard cloth was bent up to meet the mason...
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