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  1. #61
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    Yeah he gave them back trap and all. When we saw bees coming and going from the trap, he said let's take it down and if there's a marked queen in there then we'll play like they're yours.

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    Sounds like you got a cool bee friend out of the deal. If you're not careful he might teach you a few things.
    When you stop learning you're dead.

  3. #63
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    Now that is a great outcome.
    Stuck in Texas. Learning Permaculture in drought, guess I will teach permaculture in drought. The bees are still alive.

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    > Everyone said he was an old grump but he's actually a great old guy.

    Must have been me.

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    Default Re: swarm trapping

    Here is a pic of my swarm traps made using most everything I could from Dr. Seely's book "Honeybee Democracy!"

    traps-1.JPG

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    Keth,

    I like the paint job on those. Good hunting.
    Vice President, San Francisco Beekeepers Association
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    I did a little experiment with one of the Coates nucs built with BC exterior plywood. The box went outside to see how it stood up against the weather. Even with 3 coats of a very good quality (miss-tinted) exterior paint on the top, I started to get some plywood swelling after the first rain. Not bad, just enough that it bothered me... and it was still raining so I had nothing better to do.

    Had part of a roll of brown aluminum flashing in the shop, I now have covered tops and no swelling. The camo is clove brown solid stain over the miss-tinted base coat... the flashing on the lid is then over painted with the box color. It's hard to see in the pic but the miss-tint is a tan-gray that kind of blends in with everything... kind of a driftwood meets dead grass color. At $4 for the gallon, I figured I couldn't go wrong!

    Swarm Traps.jpg
    Seth

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    That is a good idea with the flashing. I have a sheet of galvanized laying around that should cover all my traps lids. Yet another project!

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    The ideas are just getting better and better! Beautiful camo Keth! Nice job with the flashing Seth!

    Gypsi
    Stuck in Texas. Learning Permaculture in drought, guess I will teach permaculture in drought. The bees are still alive.

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    Seth,

    How do you bend the flashing down over the edges of the lid? Will a rubber mallet work?
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    Regards, Barry

  12. #72
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    Barry,

    Easy diagram for bend cuts in the flashing, thanks!
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  13. #73
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    Charlie B.

    A rubber mallet will work, your bends might not look perfect but he bees won't care and it will still shed water fine. I have a cheap sheetmetal break that I picked up from Harbor Freight. You wouldn't want to go into production with my break, but i is fine for the occasional piece of flashing.

    Someone mentioned about printing plates from the paper... very good idea. I have made a couple of telescoping covers for 10 frames using narrow flashing. I just made the metal in two pieces, coated the seam with RTV silicone and added a strip of cedar to cover the seam. Actually, the one on my hive right now is one of these with 2 inches of blue foam insulation inside.
    Seth

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    beyondthesidewalks....Gorilla tape is pricey, but, if you need a tape that will hold, virtually waterproof, stick to anything, Gorilla tape is the way to go. I don't think you would be disappointed.

    My problem with screws is that when using lots of nucs, the screw holes will not interchange on the lids and boxes.

    cchoganjr

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