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    Is there a store that sells corks for plugging up holes drilled in hive bodies, or do you have to order them somewhere? I'm thinking maybe Michaels Craft stores but not sure. John

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    check at local home brew stores

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    You could just use a piece of window screen on the inside of the super. After a while the bees will propolize the screen, effectively closing the hole. Or did youwant to be able to remove the cork every now and then as an upper entrance?

    Maybe a wine makers supply store?
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    I have purchased at Menard's, Home Depot, Ace, and other hdwre stores.

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    sqkcrk, yeah I just wanted to be able to close them in winter or whenever else I needed to. John

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    what I use is PVC end caps (in my vent boxes). Measure the OD of the one(s) that you think you want to use and size it to the appropriate forstner/hole bit. Mine fit tight enough that they never fall out.
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    hoodswoods, are you talking about the PVC end caps from the plumbing department, like 1/2", 3/4"? Do you put a short piece of PVC pipe on the caps also? Or do you just insert the cap into the drilled hole in the hive, which end goes in first, the solid end, or the end with the socket? Hope these questions don't sound moronic, just trying to get it right. John

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    [QUOTE=sqkcrk;627734]You could just use a piece of window screen on the inside of the super. After a while the bees will propolize the screen, effectively closing the hole...QUOTE]

    Mark, I've run these screened-covered vents for a couple of years and never had them propolise them - do you think it's because they are not adjacent to the comb - per se?

    I know that I probably violate top and bottom bee space, but again I don't believe that I experience any more burr comb in those directions than I do between 2 hive boxes - in fact I would say less, but I have yet to experience swam cells 'dripping' from my bottom box.
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    Not sure how big or small the holes you want to plug are but these might do

    http://www.beemaidbeestore.com/browse.php?txtCatID=137

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    There are two perfect covers for drilled holes on every soup can. just screw them on one side with a pan head screw and rotate them open or closed with your hive tool. Save the corks for wine or meade bottles!

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    I drill a 1" hole and that'll take a #12 tapered cork, the nice thing about the cork is that you can cut em in half to reduce the hole if you want. I get mine from a home brew shop.

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    I roll up a wad of grtass into a tight bakk and stuff that into the hole. Always free and available.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmgi View Post
    Is there a store that sells corks for plugging up holes drilled in hive bodies...
    I don't know what size holes you have in your boxes, but drilling a 3/4 inch hole in supers use to be a common thing. You may want to look at wooden dowel rods. For a 3/4 hole Just cut a .750 inch long piece of 3/4 inch diameter dowel rod, smear on a little glue, and wham the plug flush in the hole with a mallet. I guess you could call this a FIX instead of a plug. Dowel rods come in many sizes.
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    Scrapfe, I don't intend for the plugs to be permanent, just to close up holes if I need to. John

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    If you need lots of them, consider . . . consider . . . consider . . .

    Oh, bother. Brain cramp.

    I ordered some from a place on line called, um, ah,

    widget dot com? widget company dot com? Or something to that effect.

    Sorry I can't be more specific, but I'm sure goggle will help. They were fast, a great price, and they have gazillions of them. If you want more than 5 or so, I'd give them a look.

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