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  1. #1
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    Default Will #4 Hardware Cloth Work?

    I am building a screened bottom but have not been able to find #8 hardware cloth. Can I use #4 instead? I will want to use it for mite testing as well as for summer ventilation. What problems can I expect?

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    Default Re: Will #4 Hardware Cloth Work?

    #4 has big enough holes for bees, wasps, etc. to get though. I suspect it would make the hive very difficult to defend. If you ever have to move the hive, it will be more difficult to close up the hive as well.

    A number of bee supply places will sell #8 by the foot if you can't get it locally.

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    Default Re: Will #4 Hardware Cloth Work?

    You can buy #8 on amazon.com in 10 foot rolls. That's where I got mine.

    HTH

    Rusty
    Rusty Hills Farm -- home of AQHA A Rusty Zipper & Rusty's Bees ( LC and T)

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    Default Re: Will #4 Hardware Cloth Work?

    I got mine at a True Value Hardware store. I called around to a few before I found one that had it.

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    Default Re: Will #4 Hardware Cloth Work?

    Thanks, everyone, that is just the information I needed. Guess I will just have to buy more than I wanted online. For now I will make a solid bottom, then change it when I get the screening.

    You have probably just saved a newbee's first hive................................again!

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    Default Re: Will #4 Hardware Cloth Work?

    Quote Originally Posted by tarheit View Post
    #4 has big enough holes for bees, wasps, etc. to get though. I suspect it would make the hive very difficult to defend. If you ever have to move the hive, it will be more difficult to close up the hive as well.

    A number of bee supply places will sell #8 by the foot if you can't get it locally.
    Have U checked your local mom and pop feed store, Farm Supply places?

    I got a 36" x 48" piece for $2.13 Just saying check out Mom & Pop you'll be glad you did...I guarantee:}

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    Default Re: Will #4 Hardware Cloth Work?

    Yes, I checked all local outlets, large and small with no luck.

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    Default Re: Will #4 Hardware Cloth Work?

    Use 6 count - 8 count to avoid robbing issues and still make sure the mites hit the deck hard.

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    Default Re: Will #4 Hardware Cloth Work?

    Just kept searching and finally found #8, $.75/ft.

    Thanks all.

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    Default Re: Will #4 Hardware Cloth Work?

    Would a standard window screen work? I have lots of the older aluminum screen in broken frames.

  12. #12
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    Default Re: Will #4 Hardware Cloth Work?

    Don't know, but I doubt window screen would work.

    btw, on another thread there is an idea for an inexpensive (cheap) extractor using #4. I will make one, since I have some unused #4 hardware cloth now.

    From reading a lot of these posts, if Beeks are one thing they are frugal!

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