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  1. Re: Wax dipping, wood polarity, and hardening oils

    Boxes are normally treated with a very hot mixture of beeswax and rosin (the stuff used on violin bows and by gymnasts). The wax makes it very water repellent, and the rosin makes it hard. Should...
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    Re: cross wire or pinning deeps

    I give any I end up with away. In my experience (rather limited, but real) pins do absolutely squat to keep the foundation from bowing. I've even seen the wax split around the pin in really bad...
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    Poll: Re: Do you Build or Buy your Hive Bodies?

    Mine are around 13/16 or so. I suppose I could make them a bit wider by adding spacers between the stacked blades, but what I have works out pretty well. I have a good jig built (as noted above,...
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    Re: Frame feeder VS top feeder

    Frame feeders can get cold, and that slows the bees down. Hivetop feeders are pretty much useless when it's cold, and can drip condensation off the bottom, too.

    For late winter/early spring...
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    Poll: Re: Do you Build or Buy your Hive Bodies?

    I have been building mine for the last couple years. Cost is about the same, and I have all the equipment sitting in the garage waiting to be used.

    Currently the local good lumber yard has #2...
  6. Re: Brood nest on the edges of the hive not in the middle? Should I do anything?

    Unless the center of the box is blocked with bad pollen, I'd leave them alone. Last spring I had a hive build brood in three frames per box from to top to bottom, just those three frames. Ended up...
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    Re: inner cover question

    The bees don't care. My brother had a hive that closed down the entrance to an inch and a half all on their own one year, and closed off the Porter bee escape by propolizing between the frames,...
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    Re: Cleats vs Handolds

    The handles are a parallelogram indeed.

    Best to shave a bit off the bottom so it's not sharp, too.

    The cut-out handholds are easy for manufacture, it's just another machine step, and there are...
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    Re: Cleats vs Handolds

    I put handles on my made from scrap about 8" long cut to about 2" wide at 30 degrees. This gives them a slope so that water runs off and you have a place to put your fingers when picking them up. ...
  10. Re: What are your thoughts on using medium supers exclusively?

    I suspect my neighbor will be switching to all mediums soon -- she simply cannot lift a ten frame deep, and while I'm certainly happy to help, I cannot be available all the time.

    Initial cost is...
  11. Thread: Frame spacing

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    Re: Frame spacing

    Definitely trim the "fat" comb back if you cannot move it to the outside.

    Fat comb is a real nuisance. It will make a mess to trim it back, but use a very sharp knife and cut the honey containing...
  12. Re: Wax moth damage in dead hive.....and other hives have little brood

    You may have a lack of forage. I'm not familiar with what is available for bees in your area, but here we usually have a serious dearth starting in late June or early July, and robbing is a constant...
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    Re: Need some measurements

    For a shim like that you can make simple butt joints -- cut the sides 19 7/8" long, but cut the ends 14 3/4" long.

    Nail though the ends of the long sides into the butt end of the short sides,...
  14. Re: Wax moth damage in dead hive.....and other hives have little brood

    Weak hives can suffer many bad fates. Likely the wax moths took over and the bees either died out or absconded -- I believe this is the source of "late swarms", not reproductive swarming.

    Once...
  15. Re: Wax moth damage in dead hive.....and other hives have little brood

    How often are you inspecting? No way to avoid looking in once in a while, avoids surprises.

    Most likely you had too many mites, the bees were weak, and the cold snap killed too many of them off,...
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    Re: still have drones.

    Must have a hive stuffed up with goodies, they tend to kick the drones out when resources run short.

    I didn't check today, but I had so many drones flying in October I almost pulled the hive down...
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    Re: November 30 and they're bringing in pollen

    Mine were flying today, don't know about pollen as I didn't stick around to look, busy with other things.

    I did see a dandelion in bloom down by the garden, so I assume they brought in some pollen...
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    Re: sugar board question

    You will not need a feeding attractant (honey-b-healthy) in the winter, and the bees are quite capable of inverting the sucrose on their own, no need to do if for them by boiling in acid.

    Dry...
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    Re: Warm Way Langstroh Hives

    Probably the ideal system would be to rotate the hive relative to the entrance, cold way in the summer and warm way in the winter -- which refers only to the location of the entrance, not the rest of...
  20. Thread: cheap 1x8 pine

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    Re: cheap 1x8 pine

    Works even better with box joints! I use the "trim" from a 1x12 making deeps to widen a 1x6 piece to make either a medium or a shallow, cutting the 1x6 side down. Leaves me another strip to widen...
  21. Thread: cheap 1x8 pine

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    Re: cheap 1x8 pine

    It's time consuming no matter what you do.

    The best way I've found so far is to start with 2x10s. Get the flattest, straightest ones you can find, preferably with no knots. Small knots are OK,...
  22. Thread: cheap 1x8 pine

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    Re: cheap 1x8 pine

    Yeah, the real deals are the 69 cent boards, or a pallet. Even with the waste on the pallet you are probably doing OK. The stuff I'm getting right now is a pretty good deal, as the cut-off for...
  23. Thread: quilt box

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    Re: quilt box

    Planer shavings are probably near perfect -- fluffy enough to allow water to exit, dense enough to prevent excess air flow, and will hold an amazing amount of water.

    Remember that the bottom side...
  24. Thread: cheap 1x8 pine

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    Re: cheap 1x8 pine

    The "value wood" section at Menards can have great deals. Right now it's a bit pricey at 1.69 each for 1 x 12s about 30 inches long, but it's often cheaper if you sort through and take only the...
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    Re: Moving around frames in the brood box?

    Moving frames around in the brood nest disrupts the bees, so I only do so when necessary. With a new hive, especially from a package, it can help to switch undrawn frames into the group of drawn...
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