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  1. #1
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    Default Attaching roofing felt

    Do you guys have a better way of attaching the roofing flet to your hives other than stappeling it to the boxes. I didn't want to have to pull out all those staples in the spring.

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    Default Re: Attaching roofing felt

    Start with one staple in the middle of the end of the tar paper. Carefully wrap the paper around creasing the paper around the corners and finish with one staple to hold the wrapped end. Then use 1/8" thick wood strips to staple the overlapped ends. STAPLE HEAVY. The wood strip when removed will pull all the staples with it except for the initial two. Two is no big deal. lol
    So far this method for me has sustained 50 MPH winds.

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    Default Re: Attaching roofing felt

    I use thumb tacks a lot less trauma than a staple gun.

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    Default Re: Attaching roofing felt

    Mr. Beeman,

    I am not sure where the 1/8" wood strips go. Top and bottom around all four sides of the box or the vertical seam that you did your first and last staples in?

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    Default Re: Attaching roofing felt

    I used push pins one year and they worked well. Push pins are time consuming to use and get expensive if one starts dealing with 20+ hives. But if you are looking to wrap 1 or 2 hives, give them a try!
    Master Beekeeper (EAS) and Master Gardener (U Maine CE) www.beeberrywoods.com

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    Default Re: Attaching roofing felt

    Another tip - be sure to use the 15# paper (not 30#). You'd think the heavier paper would be better, but much harder to fold around corners and staple to boxes. I just staple - quick, easy, no trouble removing in spring. Good luck and let us know what you decide.

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    Default Re: Attaching roofing felt

    I like to wrap completely around and where they overlap, I tack on a strip of thin wood like lath. For added support, I tie a couple loops of twine around near top and bottom.

    Wayne

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    Default Re: Attaching roofing felt

    Use black electrical to affix. Less than $1 and a roll will do three hives. Make a loop near the top and near the bottom, around the toal hive. Overlap tape the full width of the hive and press overlap tape together.

    My hives are well out of the wind and this worked last winter.
    If you always do what you always did, you'll always get what you always got!

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    Default Re: Attaching roofing felt

    Does anyone use duct tape?

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    Default Re: Attaching roofing felt

    Vertically where the two ends meet.

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    Default Re: Attaching roofing felt

    It's easy to staple, Thats what I did. Pins and tape are easy also.

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    Default Re: Attaching roofing felt

    I use Duct tape.Here we call it hutchy tape,because hutchy used 5 rolls to hold his bike together after he lost the bolts.Hilarious his dad bout killed him.

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    Default Re: Attaching roofing felt

    Do they still sell those thin metal disks made specifically to disperse the pressure of the fastener over more surface area of tarpaper? They make a world of difference in the holding power of the fastener in heavy wind. Cheap, too.
    Walt

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    Default Re: Attaching roofing felt

    I use reflectix insulation, but I put a small piece of thin cardboard (like cereal box stuff) where I'm gonna staple, and staple through it.
    I haven't had any rips, and you it pulls off easy in the spring.

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