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    Re: Tales from the Hive

    Thanks to those who responded. The tape has been re-homed. I'm glad someone will enjoy it and save it from the landfill.

    Beegee
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    Tales from the Hive

    I have an origina VHS tape of Tales From the Hive, WGBH, Boston, NOVA. If someone would like to have it, I will send it to you free of charge. I have replaced it with a DVD, but this is in good...
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    Re: Some day, maybe I'll understand

    I split them right after the honey flow(tulip poplar and clover)about the end of May, first week in June. The hives were really strong and I used new Italian queens and fed them sugar water and...
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    Some day, maybe I'll understand

    ...why a bee colony can be thriving, with a healthy happy young queen and plenty of brood and nectar and pollen and plenty of bees and then a month later, it's gone to pieces and the wax moths and...
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    Re: wat wood to use for bee equipment

    I doesn't matter what kind of wood you use, as long as you do something to protect it from the weather. Use what you can find and afford. You can use plywood if you have a cheap source. I have...
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    Re: Uncapping Needle Roller

    I have a Hackler and the Kelley looks like it will work better. The teeth are longer and spaced a little wider. I'm going to buy one and try it. The Hackler tends to clog up and the teeth don;'t...
  7. Re: Which is better...Cypress and rabbets or White Pine and box joints?

    Heart cypress and heart pine are both good for long life. Sapwood of either won't last as long. I like rabbeted joints and I may start using biscuits and 45s so there is no exposed grain.
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    Re: Brushy Mountain Bucket Bee Vac

    They say you're only supposed to fill the cage to 1/2 capacity. Then the bees get out when you remove the cage to switch it out. Then you have to shake them after you've already stressed them. I'll...
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    Re: Inexpensive bee suits

    I bought a set of white painter's coveralls on ebay for $6.00. Very seldom do I wear a bee suit. I've even started going veil-less here lately. I do keep veil and gloves and bee suit in case the bees...
  10. Thread: Branding Irons

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    Re: Branding Irons

    Why brand your hives? if someone steals them, they'll be stuck so far back in the woods that you'll never find them anyway. And if you do, they'll be wrapped up in AFB or something else.
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    Brushy Mountain Bucket Bee Vac

    I have used the Brushy Mountain Bee Vac twice now. I used one that belongs to a Brushy dealer and I used on today that belongs to a friend who just got it. It does a good job of sucking up bees and...
  12. Thread: Hello from NC

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    Re: Hello from NC

    There is an NC Beekeepers chapter in Columbus County. They meet in Whiteville on the 2nd Thursday at 7:00 PM. Attend a meeting and you'll find someone who will help you.
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    Re: Who has tried the SidelinerUncapper ??

    My friend has one and it works well if the combs are within a certain temperature range. Too warm, it crushes the cappings and too cool the honey doesn't sling well from the slits.
  14. Thread: Handholds

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    Handholds

    I've probably posted about this before a couple of years ago, but I'm asking again:
    How do Brushy and Dadant etc cut the D-shaped handholds in the box sides? I have asked and people tell me it's...
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    Re: 18-frame Italian extractor problems?

    I've decided to sell it and buy a Maxant. The price has gone up since I bought mine, so I hope not to lose much money on it if I price it below current retail. Mine is like new.
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    18-frame Italian extractor problems?

    Has anybody else experienced problems with loading their 9/18 frame Italian extractors? I bought my 18-frame new from Brushy Mt. and have never been satisfied with the way the frames sit. I use wood...
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    Re: Things I have learned

    If you are coming anytime soon, I'll save it for you. Let me know. If you want to pay the freight, I'll ship it to you.
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    Re: Things I have learned

    You're welcome to get mine. In fact, in was partly on your recommendation that I bought my several hundred frames. But, now it's on the burn pile behind the barn. I used to love it, but when it comes...
  19. Thread: nail guns

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    Re: nail guns

    I use a 1/2" crown x 1-1/4" for stapling the top bars to the end bars(as well as the rabbeted boxes) after gluing with Titebond III. Then I use a narrow-crown stapler to shoot a 1" staple through...
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    Re: Things I have learned

    I have used Italians, Carniolans and Minnesota Hygienic, Cordovans. I like my Carnis and my Cordovans, although the Carnis like the propolis and use it anywhere and everywhere. I don't in particular...
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    Things I have learned

    Today I decided to no longer keep bees using Permacomb, Honey SuperCell or regular deep frames. The Supercell won't fit in my extractor, the Permacomb warps and twist in the extractor and if the...
  22. Thread: Hive spacing

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    Re: Hive spacing

    I leave mine far enough apart to drive my 48" lawnmower safely.
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    Re: pulling frames for extraction

    I smoke the bees down, set the super on end and use a gas-powered leaf blower to blow them out
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    Buying bees--getting stung

    I talked to a guy several months ago about buying a table saw from him and he had said then he wanted to get into beekeeping. I had not heard from him since.

    He called last night, offering to sell...
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    Re: Brood builder by Dadant

    Every once in a while i run across an old Duragilt frame in my hives. I used it when i first started beekeeping 10 years ago. It's usually the one with bare spots and lots of brace and burr comb. I...
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