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  1. #1
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    I have completely changed my mind about goiong to al l mediums, and instead will be using all deeps, even for honey supers.

    soooooo any of you carolineans have any deeps/frames sitting aroudn you would part with for a song? (I get to choose the song, and will be on a kazoo)

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    Howdy FordGuy --

    Us Medium folks simply cut the Deeps down to medium size. No problem, no song. Even the frames with comb cut down easily when the comb is empty and dry.

    Doc

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    Not to mention that the piece you cut off from the deep can be used for many things!!

    [size="1"][ December 29, 2005, 07:59 AM: Message edited by: dtwilliamson ][/size]
    Dan Williamson
    B&C Honey Farm http://www.flickr.com/photos/9848229@N05/

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    >I have completely changed my mind about goiong to al l mediums, and instead will be using all deeps, even for honey supers.

    I take it some weight lifter is willing to be your hired hand? [img]smile.gif[/img]

    I'm not in your area, but I already cut mine down anyway. Boxes. Frames. I even cut the 10 frame boxes down to eight frames now.

    If you get a good system going, it doesn't really take any longer to cut frames down and reassemble than it does to build new ones, and it's much cheaper. [img]smile.gif[/img] And the boxes are even easier. The hardest part is making sure you miss the nails. [img]smile.gif[/img]

    If it's a deep with a bad edge on it (as many old boxes are) you can even cut both the top and the bottom and use a router to cut a new frame rest and rejuvinate an old deep into a nice medium. [img]smile.gif[/img]
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    I had time to think about, especially when i was out in our yards taking 2-3 standards off each of a hundred or so colonies and now i'm a medium honey super lover, but still use deeps for brood nest. I love working my bees so anyway i can spare my back is the route i'll take. i find the bees work the mediums easier too.
    Will Gruenwald Chilliwack BC

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    FordGuy, Since you no longer need them, and I don't think you can stretch them into deeps, want to let me have your mediums and shallows???

    I'm not choosey, I'll use what I have and can get.

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    FordGuy, there's what you ought to offer. Trade your mediums to people for deeps. [img]smile.gif[/img] No cutting required for either of you. [img]smile.gif[/img]
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    well, let me explain - part of my reason is financial. (i was kidding about the song, I can buy them but will admit I was hoping to pay less than the 7-10 per hive for new ones.)

    I have a chance to do some small time pollination for 30 bucks per hive next year. I'd like to have 20, have around 13 now. I expect i will need all my mediums.

    I do fairly well in my profession, but we had some unexpected expenses this past year and the little woman is (rightly so) looking hard at every new bee expense.

    sounds like I just need to bite the bullet and start shopping for some discount hive bodies.

    and Mr. Bush, as for trouble lifting them, all I have to do is flex and this shirt will pop right off...haha.

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    I found that Menards sells a 1x8x6' for 2.99. 10 minutes on the table saw and its a med super.
    I havent tried to make frames yet, but I am thinkin that a 1x2x8 (.99) would make several.
    All you need to do is convince the little lady that an 87.00 table saw is a nessessity and you're good to go!

    [size="1"][ December 29, 2005, 06:12 PM: Message edited by: Blue.eyed.Wolf ][/size]

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