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    Varroa mites! Now what?

    I have a couple hives that I purchased as small cell nucs last year. They've been treatment free since then. The state inspector took a look at them on Friday and told me I have pretty bad varroa...
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    Re: worker cell size

    Brushy Mountain has small cell foundation, too, 4.9mm (doesn't say the size on their site, but I asked their helpdesk, and that's what they said).
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    Re: New frames - did I screw myself?

    Thanks for the tips. These are mediums (I'm doing all mediums), and they are drilled for wiring. Sounds like I'll be doing some wiring. Any tips on how to attach the two ends of the wire? I've...
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    New frames - did I screw myself?

    So, I bought frames last year, with the intention of building them over the winter to be ready for my first hives this spring. Of course, that means I just spent all weekend building frames, having...
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    Re: Hive handles?

    Wow, tons of fantastic answers! Thanks, everyone. Adson's jig is pretty sexy, I think I might go that route. Yes, cleats would have better grip, but I'm running all mediums, and still have a pretty...
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    Re: Hive handles?

    I can definitely see how the cleats would be easier on the hands, but I just like the classic look of the inset handle. The table saw method should work, more or less.. a little more rough and...
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    Hive handles?

    I'm planning on making my own hive bodies and supers, just for kicks. Anyone know an easy way to make those indented hive handles with home woodworking tools? I'm guessing it would involve a router,...
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    Re: USPS- ugh!

    My wife runs an online store and ships thousands of packages every year via USPS. The number you get for "tracking" is not really for tracking. it's basically just a package ID. The post office...
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    Re: how much wax from uncapping?

    I think "not much" is a pretty valid answer... and seems to be what most people here say :)

    Maxant - awesome! I didn't realize you guys were so close :) I may come around this time next year :)
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    Re: Paint Suggestions for Hives?

    Thanks, Adam. Sounds like I may be worrying about nothing. :)
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    Re: how much wax from uncapping?

    Wow, that's not much, but I guess that's to be expected from the small amount you're actually taking off. Luckily, I have a friend with an extractor, so that part won't cost me anything, at least.
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    how much wax from uncapping?

    How much usable wax do you get from uncapping honey frames? I'm starting up a couple hives in the spring, and my wife is interested in using the wax for various endeavors... but we haven't been able...
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    Re: Paint Suggestions for Hives?

    Adam, good question. I want to keep the hives looking nice, and more importantly, protected against the elements. The paint protects the wood, and as you said, keeps it from breaking joints etc. ...
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    Re: Paint Suggestions for Hives?

    Find me exterior paint that actually lasts 20 years, and I'll paint my house with it :)

    I think it's a good point about process over materials. Process can make a big difference... I'll...
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    Paint Suggestions for Hives?

    I'd love to get a really durable paint that I won't have to worry about for years and years. An old co-worker of mine used to make adirondack chairs coated in marine paint, so they'd last pretty...
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    Re: keeping hives warm in the winter?

    Thanks everyone for the replies. Sounds like it's not really necessary. I still may experiment once I get established, but the tried and true is definitely the way to go for my first few years, I'm...
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    keeping hives warm in the winter?

    Brand new beekeeping enthusiast here (no hives until spring, so not really a beekeeper yet). I've read a couple books, and I have some questions about overwintering bees in colder climates (I'm in...
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