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    Re: Maxant uncapping plane

    A speed control works well to match the planes temp to honey temp or uncapping speed.When you set the plane down,make sure heating element is up so honey and wax drain away.I'll never give mine up.
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    Re: Frames per box? British vs American?

    Andrew,
    Let us know what you think of his book.
    Is it as interesting as(pictures of ) his house.
    I've seen a few of his videos and visited his web site.He has some novel ideas.
    Jack
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    Re: Cutting deeps to medium or shallow?

    I cut deeps to meds and make more meds from cutoffs.
    2deeps + 1 1/2 shim with frame rests equals 3 meds.
    Trim to 6 5/8.
    Funky looking but the bees don't care.
    Guess I'm cheap!
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    Re: Newly assembled hive body not square.

    I make my own boxes with rabbet joints and they never go together square.To square each box before the glue dries I do this.

    I screw 2 straight boards at a right angle(checked by a framing square)...
  5. Thread: 2014

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    2014

    Anyone else thinking about the pre- conference coal mine tours Fri and Sat ( see site social activities)
    Looks like 3 hrs away from Richmond
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    Re: Rwc

    Cut the hive body with a saw on the short sides and break in half.Less disruptive but sometimes you have to dive right in.

    But I have to ask. Why do it now. What I would do is put it on the...
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    Re: Flow starting in Connecticut???

    Made some nucs last Wed in Windsor and found a hive with the beginnings of swarm cells so I took 4 frames of brood.I supered that yard on Sat and found another.That one I just broke in half and added...
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    Re: Topics for Beesource Reference Section

    Come on guys. Mike can't do it for you. Ever try Google?

    How about the taxpayer funded Robo Bee projexct at Harvard:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bLTiYkYyVc

    Or RNAi(nterference) This...
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    Re: Large coffee urn as wax melter?

    Sorry,sent twice
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    Re: Large coffee urn as wax melter?

    I would be wary of any direct heat without a thermostat.
    I made one of these and use with a candy thermometer.
    http://www.candletech.com/general-information/do-it-yourself-wax-melter/
    It works...
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    Re: nuc inner covers

    For 2 nucs in one box I use a seed bag,staples not needed.

    Sometimes,when they expand,I'll put on 4 frame half boxes with separate covers so I can inspect one colony without disturbing the other....
  12. Re: Experience with Queens/Bees from Cold Country in NY?

    Keep trying Andrew.Although evidence suggests Russian crosses may be a little testy,I find that more so with Italians and less with Carniolans.The addition of Varroa tolerant genetics can only...
  13. Re: Experience with Queens/Bees from Cold Country in NY?

    Bob Brachmann is a good person to do business with.
    Certified Russian Breeder. http://www.russianbreeder.org/members.html
    He was nice enough to give us a tour of one of his mating yards when EAS...
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    Re: Can Wood Be Too Dry For Building Gear?

    Cut your parts and assemble your piece in the same day and you won' have any problems.
    If you cut and then store in a dry basement,nothing seems to fit right.
    I try not to store any woodenware in...
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    Re: 2 Dead outs with video looking opions

    Before reusing frames,Put a strong light over your shoulder and check the bottom of the cells for AFB scale.

    Fo Varroa flip frame over and look at the top of the cell.A severe infestation will...
  16. Re: Early packages or later packages. Pros/cons best for NY?

    Why not a local nuc?
    Why try to raise a GA queen in upstate NY.
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    Re: Purvis Production Queens - no more

    Purvis has been doing II for quite a while and probably sees an opportunity now that Tom Glenn is retiring.
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    Re: From deeps to mediums

    Last year I had plans to make med nucs from deeps.Beggining of April I put a drawn med honey super on a number of hives.2 weeks later the queen had moved up and the med had 4-5 frames of brood and...
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    Re: Hive top feeders

    When I have this problem in my homemade feeders in the field,I've removed thescreen and smacked with a hive tool multiple times to shatter the sugar crystals and then reshaped with my fingers.I...
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    Re: Betterbee selling packages again..

    Met 2 of the new owners last Nov at SNEBA.Seem to be good guys intent on turning the place around.
    I stopped at BB yesterday to pick up some frames,foundation and a new catalog.
    Packages are from...
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    Re: What to do with used plastic frame?

    I switched to plastic foundation about 5 or 6 yrs ago and it worked well for me.
    Recently I have been renewing comb and switching to all mediums and compared to wax it is way to much(unpleasant)...
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    Re: "SugarBags" feeding sugar from the bag.

    Gee Mike,I don't know.
    If I could get the same results from plopping a bag of sugar on top of a hive as I can get from mixing syrup,filling feeders,dealing with leaks,and removing feeders(don't use...
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    Re: Tar paper for hive wrap/insulation?

    cheap and easy to install.
    Be sure and leave an upper entrance to vent moisture.
    I use a small vertical strip of wood to hold the edge and to hold the top away from the notch in the inner cover....
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    Re: Leaving Honey Supers On Through Winter

    You can store empties above an inner cover and an insulation board but they will be exposed to the elements and their life will be cut in half.
    Any honey that isn't used will most likely crystallize...
  25. Re: True b brood can survive higher temp than varroa egg ?

    In my experience hives in full sun handle Varroa better than shade.
    No SHB in my hives but I've heard that low humidity and warm temps are a good control for SHB in the honey house.
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