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  1. #61
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    Default Re: My Ant Proof Hive Stand Actually Works!

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie B View Post
    Holiday,

    I pounded mine two feet in but the soil is very stable with no rocks. It's better to anchor them in concrete though. If you have a rocky surface, you'll have a hard time pounding the pipe in straight so it's better to just dig holes and concrete in.

    Yes, the grease is what keeps the ants from climbing up into the hives.
    Charley- Thanks my man - Great concept - Holiday

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    Default Re: My Ant Proof Hive Stand Actually Works!

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie B View Post
    Here's a Bay Area Beekeeper who liked my design and is building a stand to accommodate a large number of hives.
    Attachment 4114
    Here's the stand complete with hives.
    Ant Proof Hive Stand long.JPG
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  3. #63
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    Charlie,
    I checked my stand last week and found all the grease had slid out of the cups and it was laying on the ground. It wasn't the exact brand you had used. So I got some MasterPro grease from O'Rielly's Auto and repacked them. Hopefully the new grease will stay put..

    Sam

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    GM,

    I tried several different grease types and MasterPro does not run.
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    Default Re: My Ant Proof Hive Stand Actually Works!

    $11.00 per pound here, I hope it works this time!

    I have four built so far and am counting on them to get all my nucs through the pending ant attacks.
    Thanks Charlie.

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    No ants yet!

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    Default Re: My Ant Proof Hive Stand Actually Works!

    075.jpg

    A not so clear pic of one of my stands and 10 inches of snow yesterday..

  8. #68
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    Default Re: My Ant Proof Hive Stand Actually Works!

    That's a fine looking hive stand. You'll be ant free with that. Just check the grease every couple of months to clear any debris stuck on it so they can't use it as a bridge. Only takes a couple of minutes.
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  9. #69
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    Default Re: My Ant Proof Hive Stand Actually Works!

    Brilliant Charlie! So I'm going to tap you for suggestions for my persistent red ants (yes they must be mine since they have taken so many of my hives!!). I already have VERY sturdy stands cemented into the ground so your solution wouldnt work without me excavating,,, very costly!! Any suggestions? Something is forming in my head but not taking shape just yet.

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    Default Re: My Ant Proof Hive Stand Actually Works!

    Quote Originally Posted by BeeDeane View Post
    Brilliant Charlie! So I'm going to tap you for suggestions for my persistent red ants (yes they must be mine since they have taken so many of my hives!!). I already have VERY sturdy stands cemented into the ground so your solution wouldnt work without me excavating,,, very costly!! Any suggestions? Something is forming in my head but not taking shape just yet.
    A simpler solution for the same problem that a fellow beekeeper has come up with are some hive feet bases that you fill with some kind of oil so that the ants can't go through them. Sort of like building a pit around a castle. He uses 4 per hive stand on each of the feet. Here's a quick 3d sketchup of it:

    http://imgur.com/D1qDZON

    (the left is the bottom and the right is the top that fits reversed on the bottom)

    He had them built in stainless steal, they're about 10x10cm, so should be a pretty sturdy base. I know that two other important bits of the construction are:

    - When it's assembled the gap between top and bottom is small enough that a bee can't get through, in case they're atracted by the oil for some reason
    - The top (on the right here) is built with a wider part at the end so that when you set it over the bottom it can't slide around.

    I can do a more precise 3d model if you want.

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    BeeDeane,

    Send me a photo of your stand. I bet I can come up with something for you.
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    Default Re: My Ant Proof Hive Stand Actually Works!

    I dont think I'm going to risk betting you. Its not exactly in my back yard so will do so as soon as...
    Thanks in advance!

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    Thanks this is creative! The problem is *unless I dont get it fully) I cant get the foot of my stands in these bases as they are already firmly cemeted in the ground. Like I have promised Charlie I will send a picture. Maybe I can find one

  14. #74
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    Hey I did find a picture! Here goes...
    https://picasaweb.google.com/1179779...ufkZyJ6NLm8QE#
    Hope you can open it, if not please let me know
    To Bee or not to Bee...That's the question!

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    BeeDeane,

    Get some tuna or soup cans. Using tin snips, cut through half the can leaving an "L" cut at the bottom of the can in the shape of your stand legs. Open it up slightly like a claim shell and fit it through each leg of your stand near the top. Make sure the can is upside down. Close the can up using flex ties or large hose rings wrapped around it tight.

    If there is a gap fill in with weather proof caulking or roof patch. Fill in with High Temp Bearing Grease just enough to cover the interior of the can. You don't have to fill in the entire can as it will cause it to be to heavy and may slip down the leg of the stand.

    It may take several attempts to make the right cuts on the cans so eat plenty of tuna and have plenty of cans available!
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    Default Re: My Ant Proof Hive Stand Actually Works!

    Sounds good! Two things..
    Do you think plastic containers would work? I have zillons of those.
    Also, I'm wondering if I should use some glue to prevent the can from dropping down
    To Bee or not to Bee...That's the question!

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    Default Re: My Ant Proof Hive Stand Actually Works!

    Plastic would work as well. Instead of glue, you could try outdoor construction adhesive.

    I suggested using metal cans because you could tighten them up snug where the cut of the can and the legs come together with a big hose or plumbing clamp.
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    Default Re: My Ant Proof Hive Stand Actually Works!

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie B View Post
    Plastic would work as well. Instead of glue, you could try outdoor construction adhesive.

    I suggested using metal cans because you could tighten them up snug where the cut of the can and the legs come together with a big hose or plumbing clamp.
    OK I understand! I will try this solutoin. Thanks again!
    To Bee or not to Bee...That's the question!

  19. #79
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    Default Re: My Ant Proof Hive Stand Actually Works!

    Another variation on the theme (a GREAT idea!)...
    I tried to do this for even less money...

    Using a single length of 1" galvanized conduit EMT ($7) cut into 10" sections, a pressure treated 4x4 ($9) cut into 10" sections, and four NDS 4 in. PVC DWV Drain Caps ($2 ea.)
    I made these legs for my hive stand and sat them on four pieces of flat stone I already had.
    A 1-1/8" spade bit is the correct size for the holes in the 4x4, but you have to "router" it around a little to get the pipe to drive into the wood








  20. #80
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    Default Re: My Ant Proof Hive Stand Actually Works!

    This seems really good, although I'm not as handy with tools as you clearly are, I will refer it to a more tool oriented friend. Thanks for the contribution. Oh just out of curiousity, arent your boxes a bit low (toads etc.)??
    To Bee or not to Bee...That's the question!

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