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  1. #1
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    Default Where to put OB Hive

    I want to get an observation hive but i dont know where to put it.

    I was thinking attaching it into the dryer duct going outside but i dont know if when the dryer turns on will the bees feel the heat in the winter time and go walking out into the freezing cold:
    Here is the back going to the outside i would splice the tube in here and run it out to:

    here the outside vent:


    My biggest problem is finding a place to run it outside our house and we have this type windows that swing open:

    If anyone has had these windows or knows how to run a hose out of them without leaving a space where air can get in i would greatly appreciate it. Since i can not drill a hole right through are wall.

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    You'd be asking for trouble if you tied it into an active drier vent.
    Also the vent either has a screen or a door that opens & closes to keep things like bees out.

    If you cut another hole in you're house & add a second vent that isn't screened it might be a good idea.
    Dan

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    My OH is also called B-TV. It needs to be where you can enjoy it. I keep mine in the living room. And it may come as a surprise to you, you CAN drill a hole through the wall. It only needs to be about 1 1/4 inch so a clear one inch plastic hose can be inserted.

    I have a swivel type wall mounted TV stand to set the hive on and only needs about a foot of hose to the wall and another six inches to go on through. When I move the wall can be easily patched.
    Bullseye Bill in The Scenic Flint Hills , KS
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    I'm with Bullseye, put a hole in the wall, but if there's some reason you can't do that and you're handy with wood you could make an insert for your casement window without to much trouble

    Dave

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    The problem is i am 16 and my parents dont want to patch another hole in the wall when im done.

    How could i make an insert for this window it would have to be airtight and not let any heat out or in?

    Any other ideas?

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    it has to be wedge shaped
    do you have access to woodworking tools?
    I have casement windows too but I just put a hole in the wall since it's "my" wall But I have given it some thought

    http://www.drobbins.net/bee%27s/oh/

    Dave

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    Are the bees traveling though the gray pipe? How far do they have to travel through it? It seems like a long way to go.

    Perhaps they travel through a hollow in the 2x4?

    Jordan, sorry to hear that you have to appeal to the powers that be. Keep on them, they'll give in sooner or later. It would help to have bees for a couple of years so they don't think it's just a passing fad.
    Bullseye Bill in The Scenic Flint Hills , KS
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    yup i think i am going to build one and then see where it goes from there worst thing possible is i have to leave them in the barn and put them in a nic to overwinter.

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    the base that looks like a 2x4 is a hollow box made of 3/4 thick boards
    they travel through the hollow to the wall about 16" away and through the wall
    the gray pipe has nothing to do with it, that's electrical conduit
    if you look in the window in this pic

    http://www.drobbins.net/bee%27s/oh/Dsc01512.jpg

    you can see what you described as a 2x4 going off at an angle

    Dave

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    I'm with Dave and Bill, first on the living room, and
    on the hole in the wall.

    The window thing works but it is a pain. You have to
    seal where the sash's meet as well. And if you have
    a storm window that adds to the fun.

    Good luck, and keep on them on the hole.

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