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  1. #1
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    Default Metal Entrance Disk Improvement

    I find the grip that comes with the metal entrance disk to be hard to grab, especially when you are closing it with mean guard bees or opening it after bringing it back to the yard and bumping it a few times. So I added a bigger grip.

    I set the disk it on my vise opened just as wide as the grip, and banged the grip out a bit with a flat point chisel. I then threaded in a key chain ring, or in this case a whole key chain. One friend asked "Oh, are you locking your bait hives now?"


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    Default Re: Metal Entrance Disk Improvement

    Kind of big for your Pandora bracelet.

    Nice addition, they way they should be made.
    Last edited by Saltybee; 03-03-2014 at 06:20 AM.
    4 yrs, Peak 14, back to zip, T lite; godfather to brother's 3.

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    Default Re: Metal Entrance Disk Improvement

    That would be one gas station bathroom keychain... you steal the key, you're stuck with angry bees!
    Last edited by Barry; 03-02-2014 at 10:49 PM.

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    Default Re: Metal Entrance Disk Improvement

    odfrank
    What size hole do you drill for your entrance?

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    Default Re: Metal Entrance Disk Improvement

    real good idea

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    Default Re: Metal Entrance Disk Improvement

    Quote Originally Posted by wirenut501 View Post
    odfrank
    What size hole do you drill for your entrance?
    1 1/8".
    Sloped down to the outside, with hole saw and then some sanding.

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    Default Re: Metal Entrance Disk Improvement

    Quote Originally Posted by mathesonequip View Post
    real good idea
    Thanks, though it took me about five years of fumbling before I came up with it. No I have to do the same to about 20 old traps and unused disks.

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    Default Re: Metal Entrance Disk Improvement

    Sent a PM to odfrank about this, but couldn't follow up and send a thank you to his reply - so I thought that I'd post it here.

    Quote Originally Posted by odfrank
    I went to just bending out the little handle with a punch so that I could grab it or push it with my hive tool. I also put a circular copper wire on a few.




    Quote Originally Posted by toekneepea
    Hello,

    I found your post about Metal Entrance Disk Improvements and I was wondering if you still use the key rings to assist turning the disk to close the entrance off.

    Have the key rings held up over time? Do you still use them, or have you changed to something else?

    I've found your posts on bait hives most helpful, and hope to catch some bees this year.

    Thanks,
    Tony P.
    There must be a harder way to do that... let me find it for you.

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    Default Re: Metal Entrance Disk Improvement

    I guess I ought to be embarrassed to say that I don't use disks. I drilled three wine-cork sized holes (in the side) and plug a couple of 'em up with wine corks. Done.

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