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    Re: How do I repair a Cowen frame sump?

    If the material is that thin, i would suggest Silver solder. Check the MSDS for toxic components. It will not warp 1/4 as bad as TIG.

    Crazy Roland
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    Re: Honey & Wax Press System P1000

    I ran recycled nylon floor sweepings through a twin screw extruder in the '90's with full computer data acquisition. it was there for a reason. Some smart alex(the boss) thought he could push it...
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    Re: Honey & Wax Press System P1000

    Is there a video available? I have run plastic extruders, and can see many problems with this aplication.

    Crazy Roland
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    Re: Bees Only Heat the Cluster, Not the Hive?

    What??? No PLC's??? How can that possibly work? (in reference to my Variac driven Dadant extractor control)

    Crazy Roland
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    Re: Bees Only Heat the Cluster, Not the Hive?

    juhani: we are not the norm. Most use an upper entrance, with little or no insulation, We use 1 1/2" of EPS on top of frames, with a tight corrugated plastic box slid over the top of the hive to...
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    Re: Bees Only Heat the Cluster, Not the Hive?

    Acebird quoted:


    (20) Under normal winter conditions either
    insulated or noninsulated colonies should survive
    at Madison, Wis.

    Unfortunately, we are about 40 miles east of Madison Wis. which...
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    Re: Package bee hauling business

    Honey-4-All, don't forget high temperatures, that kills bees too, like when the reefer unit runs out of diesel.

    crazy and wise allec Roland
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    Poll: Re: Bees, lies and evidence-based policy

    I would not melt it before send your comb for testing. The heat may skew the results. I would inquire if a solvent based wax extraction would effect the testing.

    Crazy Roland
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    Re: minimizing robbing

    We changed to enclosed trucks(not migratory) in the '70's for this very reason. In the fall the back door get shut after each super is loaded. In the beginning of the yard, we can ussually blow a...
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    Re: Tried MB fall harvest but issues, ideas?

    I guess you found out the hard way that the people that are serious about honey production are more apt to use an excluder and collect honey when it is still warm out. Next year i would suggest you...
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    Re: Nosema spore counts this fall

    Haraga, thanks for the offer of testing. as for the "solution' I am awaiting the 64,000 dollars(tribute to Groucho Marx) in gold or silver(no Loonies).

    Clue: it is comparable to irradiation,...
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    Re: today's mite count on a five year tf survivor.

    With a late frost, and your feeding, you may be surprised what a new queen can do. It seems a disproportional number of our hive in the spring are from late requeened hives.

    Crazy Roland
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    Re: Nosema spore counts this fall

    The solution? I guess you want the answer to the 64,000 dollar question. I'll take that in small unmarked bills, or even gold bullion is acceptable.

    Crazy and poor Roland
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    Re: Nosema spore counts this fall

    Ian asked: was it Nosema apis or ceranae?

    Never spent the money to find out. As soon as we knew the symptoms, and knew the solution, there was no need to address it by it's proper name.
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    Re: Why or why not Carniolans?

    We prefer the Strachan NWC.

    Be aware that in a sea of Italians, the NWC tend to loose their traits in a few years faster than the Italian do become mutts.

    Crazy Roland
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    Re: Nosema spore counts this fall

    Ian wrote;

    I am thinking freezing winter out dead out equipment in my refer would probably one of the most proactive measures I could take to controlling nosema in my apiary.

    My personal...
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    Re: TF and AFB, part deux

    Sqkcrk: Roethenbueller yup that sounds right. If I remember right , he started with over a hundred hives.

    Crazy Roland
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    Poll: Re: Bees, lies and evidence-based policy

    Correlation does not prove causation. If we shoot off our mouth and cry wolf, we may vilify the wrong suspect. Then we will all look like fools, and never be taken seriously again. Chose your...
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    Re: TF and AFB, part deux

    It has occurred to me, that since robbing is the main transmission route for AFB spread, and that large hives are more prone to rob weak hives, that the non-intervention TF hives may not be strong...
  20. Thread: Smoker bellows

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    Re: Smoker bellows

    Yes, the old Woodmans where magic. We have an old one from the '60's that I brazed up the rust holes to keep it functional as a reference.

    I believe the issue is in the inlet check valve. I...
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    Re: How late can I feed 2:1 syrup?

    It is better to feed, and take a partial pail back to the shop, than to not feed and take a dead hive back in the spring.

    Crazy Roland
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    Re: Nails for assembling Langstroth beehives

    Make sure you use 7d BOX nails, not common.

    Crazy Roland
  23. Thread: TF until today

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    Re: TF until today

    Eyeshooter: I believe you did the prudent thing, and mat be a role model for others. You followed one of my favorite mottos, from Dirty Harry, "a man has got to know his limitations".

    Crazy roland
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    Re: Cowen uncapper eats frames

    I agree with the previous poster, that if the left and right chains are out of phase, it will drop one side before the other. IF they are in proper phase, and you still have problems, I made a...
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    Re: DRUM GRABBER ISSUES

    Yes, the "Liftomatic" is like the Gatorgrip, but is mounted directly to the forklift, after the forks are removed. I would recommend it, closer to the mast, and therefore less bounce and more...
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