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    F&J Prasnal Guest

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    I agree with all that the shop vac does indeed do the job. The way i work my vac I purchased a electric junction box and a dimmer switch wire and female recepticale and a male plug. Plug vac into reeptical and you control speed of motor on vac wich in turn controls the suction. Put two drawn frames or foundation inside vac. When finished pulling bees open vac and bees can then be moved to a hive. Have done this with swarms for years.Very few casualties.

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    Lightbulb

    Very ingenious! I like the dimmer switch idea the most.
    Bill

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    Just be carefull using a dimmer switch. Typically they are only designed to run a couple of lights (sometimes just a couple hundred watts), and a shopt vac can be more than that, possibly causing overheating, and even a fire. Check the specifications on the dimmer switch you use to be safe (they are not all the same.)

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    Cool

    I took a small (2 1/2gal, 1.5hp) shop vac cut a two inch hole and put a piece of flexable plastic near the hole to control the air. Works Great have used on swarms w/little loss.

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