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    Re: Ultra Breeze vs Mann Lake's vented

    I bought a ML suit this year. When I purchased it, the website said that it had heavy duty metal zippers but the one I received had nylon zippers. I usually don't have issues with nylon zippers but...
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    Re: Table Saw...Safe Practice?

    I can't speak for Barry but I imagine if you made a set of plans he would put them up. Then we can take a look and see what we like better.
  3. Re: I painted the screen on my bottom board...bad?

    I wouldn't worry too much about removing it. Most exterior latex paints won't adhere to galvanized metals very well especially without a special primer.
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    Re: Solid or Screened Bottom Board

    No, it is year round. I have both solid and screened bottom boards. Some SBB's are closed, some are open during the winter. In the summer they are always open. Which is better, solid or screened....
  5. Re: how far away are your bees from where you live?

    In the backyard 100 yards away for me. I'm testing the limits of production and the number of hives in one area. I'll probably be looking for an outyard soon.
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    Re: Elkhart Indiana beeks?

    +1 on Danny Slabaugh. He is mainly out of Nappanee but has bees all over Michiana area. I've never purchased from him but I know people that have and they are very happy. I've talked to him a...
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    Re: Feeding already?

    I do the mountain camp method of dry sugar feeding. There are many threads on how to do it. Basically take the inner cover and lid off. Place empty box or shim. Lay down newspaper inside the box. ...
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    Re: Feeding already?

    Mid thirties is fine. I've done it much colder. You only want the cover off or a minute or two. Just don't do it on a windy day. I started feeding patties last week and I've had dry sugar...
  9. Thread: Painting

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    Re: Painting

    The general consensus in no. I do not on my 10 frame hives but I have some plywood nucs that I use for swarm traps that I did paint the interior.
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    Re: Hi from Indiana

    I believe he is talking about providing driving services to the Amish. Some can't own or operate a car but can ride into one. I've seen them used to get to and from manufacturing jobs. Anyway,...
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    Re: Indiana Summer

    Most of mine are in full sun. I have my hive either painted a light gray or white to helps them out come July. Not unusual to see 100 degrees then. They'll handle it fine.
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    Re: Mann Lake vented suit

    I can't speak about the Pigeon Mountain quality but looking at their site it appears that the only difference is one is a jacket and one is a suit. Yes, you want to order a little bit large. If...
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    Re: Swimming pool?

    We have a swimming pool about 100 yards from our hives and we use chlorine. We may see an occasional bee floating but they have never bothered us. Horseflies on the other hand, a problem. The bees...
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    Re: Hive move advice needed

    I use ratchet straps. Might be overkill for two shallows but I tend to over do things.
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    Re: 2013 Mann Lake Catalog

    Rite Cell is 5.4 mm
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    Re: Coconut Oil for varroa mite control

    There was an article in the October 2011 in ABJ about coconut oil. I found it listed on the ABJ website here: http://www.americanbeejournal.com/site/epage/132573_828.htm > scroll down to October...
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    Re: Mann Lake vented suit

    I just got an email back from Mann Lake. They explained that they switched to nylon zippers for 2013 but they still have brass models in stock. They will send me one with a return label for the...
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    Re: Mann Lake vented suit

    I don't want to open up another thread so here we go. I bought a Mann Lake Vented full suit and it was delivered today. It came with nylon zippers on the chest, legs and veil despite the website...
  19. Thread: wax moths

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    Re: wax moths

    Strong hives will deter them without a problem. A natural trap can be a two liter bottle with the top cut off, then inverted. The bait can be old fruit and juice. It will bring the yellow jackets...
  20. Re: Building Boxes: Any Special Treatment of Knots?

    I like the construction adhesive idea. I usually put a good coat of Titebond III on the knots before priming and painting.
  21. Thread: Making wax

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    Re: Making wax

    One super won't produce much wax. Top bar is an idea but unless you have one already, it will be cheaper to buy the wax as John suggests.
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    Re: Do you paint cedar hive stands?

    You don't need to finish cedar. It will naturally gray over time. I'm not sure what you plan on placing the stands on but I'm not a fan of having wood contact the soil. It will shorten the stands...
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    Re: "Insurance" package etiquitte

    Our bee club always has someone looking for bees, especially beginners. If you belong to a club, that may be somewhere ask to see if anyone wants them.
  24. Thread: smells bad

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    Re: smells bad

    You can use a stretched out coat hanger and sweep the bottom board. Just make sure you have a hook on the end, so you can pull mickey towards you if he is in there. Hopefully it is dead on the...
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    Re: Winter Kill - What to do?

    I'm assuming that starvation was the cause of death not disease. I just remove as many bees as possible but don't go overboard. I will check frames and equipment for replacement and scrape off the...
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