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    Re: Just Shaking My head

    My dog sometimes left part of himself on the side of the hive...
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    HoneySuperCell

    There's an old thread from 2007 on HoneySuperCell. Any updates?
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    Re: What did I just throw away

    You can toss slumgum, but I've heard that it's a good fertilizer for your garden. Haven't tried it myself, but I can't see that it would hurt.
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    Re: If you were buying all your equipment again...

    Thanks again to everyone for their replies. I'm placing my order today for 20 8-frame hives with supers, and enough wood frames to supplement what I already have. (I'm planning on starting 15 hives,...
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    Re: Landstroth or Langstroth

    If you're into self-sufficiency, I'd recommend John Vivian's Keeping Bees. It's from about '86, so doesn't cover mite treatments, but it can't be beat for basic beekeeping, including things like...
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    Re: Black Glove

    Next time, use that pair of rubber dishwashing gloves languishing under the sink. Or get a box of cheap, throw away gloves that doctors wear. Others in my club use them, and say they work great.
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    Re: You know your wife loves you when...

    Has she taken life insurance out on you? Just askin'. :lookout:
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    Re: You know your wife loves you when...

    Do what I did: go to garage sales or the like and pick up your wax pans there for a buck to two.

    And I knew my (not a beekeeper) husband loved me the day we closed up my hives, put them in the...
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    Q. for 8-frame users

    For those who use 8-frame equipment: is there any piece of equipment not available for 8-frame that you want or need?

    I'm thinking of moving to 8-frame, and the only hold up is whether some...
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    Re: If you were buying all your equipment again...

    If the extractor were the only issue, I'd just plan for deeps next time. But I can't see myself hefting 90-100 pounds regularly; much easier to do 2 40-lb mediums!
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    Re: If you were buying all your equipment again...

    There are three problems with using deeps for honey, from my perspective: 1. my extractor holds 6 mediums radially or 3 deeps tangentially. Who needs that? And I'm not ready to buy a new extractor....
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    Re: If you were buying all your equipment again...

    :) Yeah, the all medium thing surprised me, because I didn't really love it when I tried it. Going through 30 frames instead of 20, the incompatibility with standard nucs, and so on was enough to put...
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    Re: If you were buying all your equipment again...

    I tried all mediums one year, and didn't like two things: if I buy a nuc, it'll be on deeps (though lately I've been going with packages anyway, to avoid other people's contaminated wax issues) and...
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    If you were buying all your equipment again...

    I'll be expanding my apiary in the spring. I have a chance to "start over," as it were, since I'll be buying a lot of new equipment. Eight frame or 10? Wax or plastic (or wood and plastic, or...
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    Re: Storage Rack for Supers

    If you let them freeze, that will take care of any wax moth. I put a telescoping cover metal-side down, stack the boxes, then top with another telescoping cover. Or I put them back on the hives above...
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    Re: Terro ant killer hurt bees?

    Whatever kills ants will also kill bees. Why not just leave it? If they come in the house, then use the Terro.
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    Re: Cleaning propolis

    http://www.fao.org/docrep/w0076e/w0076e14.htm

    Detailed instructions.
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    Re: accidental bee killing

    I try to think of the colony as a single organism, and killing individual bees is more like sloughing off skin cells. It makes me feel better. :)
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    Re: How mean is mean?

    Arthur, I was in a similar situation last year, except that the hive had been inspected recently, and probably requeened itself within a couple of months. It was also a survivor, and a great honey...
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    Re: Is Honey Kosher?

    No. It means that a rabbi has inspected the facilities and even observed the processing. I described my processing to our local Chabad (very Orthodox) rabbi, and he said he would come watch and...
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    Re: Ranger Radial Motor Slow

    Can you give me an idea of what you mean by "bottom bearing"? Everything seems to spin freely on mine when taken apart.
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    Re: duragilt foundation..

    I tried it years ago, and had no problem getting it drawn out, but they were new packages (or nucs, don't remember) and I was feeding them to make sure that foundation was drawn out. If you haven't...
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    Re: Ranger Radial Motor Slow

    Thanks for the replies! No, the gate was open. There is a gearbox between the motor and the shaft (or a box that is connected to the speed control).

    Lower bearing? I didn't see that one. Where is...
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    Ranger Radial Motor Slow

    Hi All,
    I used my RR for about the 5th time today. Towards the end, the motor was really having a hard time spinning up. We disassembled the motor from the shaft, and the shaft spins fine, so...
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    Washing isn't going to kill the spores, but it...

    Washing isn't going to kill the spores, but it will remove them from a non-permeable tool or one's hands. You can't wash them off frames because wax and wood are permeable. Not so with steel. That's...
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