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    Default Bee Vac Help

    I built a vac last weekend just like Iddee’s (see pics of his below) my problem is I don’t have any suction. I know my main problem is the the hose coming out of the vac is 1.25”, and my suction hose is 2”. So I am losing a lot of suction from that I guess. Do you think if I shorten the 1.25” hose to two feet or so that might solve it, or do I just need to get a bigger vac that has a 2” hose coming out of the vac with more HP. Below is the link to lowes on the vac I have.

    http://s81.photobucket.com/albums/j226/Iddee/BEE%20VAC/

    http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?actio...611&lpage=none
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    Default Re: Bee Vac Help

    Cut da switch on

    You shoulda had Chuck help
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    Default Re: Bee Vac Help

    I use the smallest shop vac you can buy, 1 1/4 HP I believe and still have way to much suction. You are probably losing it through air leakage. It's hard to tell from the pics is the top of your vac plexi or glass to seal it off?

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    Default Re: Bee Vac Help

    I have one of Iddee's boxes as well but I have 1.25 inch hoses on both ends. I bought adapters to fit the box and an extra hose, it seems to work just fine. I have a 2.5 hp vac. So maybe just get the smaller hose for the suction end. Don't think you need a bigger vac.
    LOL I was typing and running out to the barn when the others were posting so I had to edit lol
    THat SW comment was funny, I think you would have found leaks and closed up the vent suction control holes. Yea that sw comment is funny.
    Just some thoughts.

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    Default Re: Bee Vac Help

    Quote Originally Posted by honeyman46408 View Post
    Cut da switch on

    You shoulda had Chuck help
    That was the problem. I forgot to turn it on.

    Quote Originally Posted by Beelang View Post
    I use the smallest shop vac you can buy, 1 1/4 HP I believe and still have way to much suction. You are probably losing it through air leakage. It's hard to tell from the pics is the top of your vac plexi or glass to seal it off?
    Quote Originally Posted by Ski View Post
    I have a 2.5 hp vac. So maybe just get the smaller hose for the suction end. Don't think you need a bigger vac.
    LOL I was typing and running out to the barn when the others were posting so I had to edit lol
    THat SW comment was funny, I think you would have found leaks and closed up the vent suction control holes. Yea that sw comment is funny.
    Mine has a migratory lid screwed down. I am going to caulk it all up real good and see what happens.
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    Default Re: Bee Vac Help

    Judging from the specs on the vac pictured, you should have plenty of suction. I built mine using a $20 mini shop vac and used a package bee box for the inside box. I cant leave the gate fully closed or it sucks too hard. hose diameter is 2 1/2"

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    Default Re: Bee Vac Help

    Size of the hose makes little difference, as to vaccum. Too small bang the bees up a bit.

    Just fire up your smoker, buff smoke around the joints (connections), the box, etc. and see were you need to seal.

    I built one (modified Bushkill Bee Vac). Used an old Hoover household vac. for parts with a variable speed motor mounted on the top woodware. For seals - between woodware- closed cell glued back window foam.

    Hope this helps.

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    Default Re: Bee Vac Help

    You might try weather striping where the boxes go together. The foam kind.
    Dan

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    Default Re: Bee Vac Help

    Quote Originally Posted by raosmun View Post
    Just fire up your smoker, buff smoke around the joints (connections), the box, etc. and see were you need to seal.
    Got it fixed. I filled it with smoke and closed it up. Had all kinds of leaks. What caulk didn't seal. Duct tape did. I love duct tape.

    I tested it on some small leaves and it sucked them up no problem. I put out an open feeder in my back yard with some HBH in it. Should have plenty of bees (not mine) to suck up tomorrow to give it the real test.

    Thanks for the help guys!!
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