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  1. #1
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    Lightbulb How to close a top bar hive using a steel rod

    Hello, I made a video showing how to close a top bar hive with a steel rod. I have been doing it for a while now and it really cuts down on the wasted time (and bee stings) associated with trying to close the hive. You could also use a steel bar or even a piece of wood ripped to 1/8, but the steel rod is inexpensive and easily found at Home Depot. Take a look:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVhgzzsnH8M

    Thanks,

    James

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    Default Re: How to close a top bar hive using a steel rod

    Saw this on another forum and gave it a go in a friends hive we were working. Talk about a time saver! Its really an obvious solution to the problem of replacing top bars and like so many obvious answers, it was not so obvious till someone showed you
    Cheers
    Rob

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    Default Re: How to close a top bar hive using a steel rod

    Nice video, & good idea. Thanks for sharing.
    I shared it on my clubs facebook page.
    Dan

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    Default Re: How to close a top bar hive using a steel rod

    Thanks, I'm off to Home Depot to buy a 24" x 1/8" rod.

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    Default Re: How to close a top bar hive using a steel rod

    I had some sheet metal laying around that I had used a few times, but found it bulky and annoying to use. Saw this topic and figured that it'd be cumbersome, but the video makes it look so easy. Will have to get one or find something in the garage that will mimic this. Great idea!
    Not Michael Bush. My name is Dan. Sorry for the confusion.

  6. #6
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    Default Re: How to close a top bar hive using a steel rod

    Cool. I use some 1/8" thick chipboard that I get from my work. Endless, free supply of bee down strips.

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