I've been thinking about switching over to a screened bottom board for mite counts, but have been dragging my feet at the thought of hefting the whole hive to switch out bottom boards. This weekend, as a "real work" avoidance strategy, I built myself a hive lift. It's built based on some of the various lift designs on David Heaf's page, but is a bit different than all of them.

If you're bored, want more details, or are looking for a cheap, easy-to-build design that doesn't take up a lot of space to store, check it out:


(I'd put a picture here, but I'm not smart enough to figure that part out, as I keep getting error messages....)