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  1. #1
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    Default Glass vs Plexiglass

    So which did you use and why? What was your reasoning? If you could go back and change to the other why would you?

    I am starting to think about making an observation hive. I like the longevity of glass, but like the safety of plexiglass. I have young kids so safety is a must. I am also on a bit of a budget so cost savings is a must. Thanks ahead of time for your input.
    Not Michael Bush. My name is Dan. Sorry for the confusion.

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    Default Re: Glass vs Plexiglass

    If your looking for longevity and safety, go with laminated glass (like your windshield). It may cost more but will last the life of the ob hive. Plexi fogs, cracks and scratches. Lexan (polycarbonite) will never crack but does scratch easy and is expensive. I plan on building one with laminated glass. Good Luck !

  3. #3
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    St. Joseph County, Michigan, USA
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    Default Re: Glass vs Plexiglass

    you could go with plexi now for safety, and by the time the plexi fogs and needs to be replaced, the kids will be old enough that safety is less of an issue...

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    Default Re: Glass vs Plexiglass

    Hi Bush_84...... You are going to get a multitude of responses which promote the entire spectrum of materials. The only suggestion I have (which you probably have already considered) is to build in an opaque outer cover...thicker the better. This will ensure the colony remains dark while not under observation, AND protect the glazing material from erratic baseballs, pots and pans, and other flying objects from energetic children or an aggravated wife.

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    Default Re: Glass vs Plexiglass

    I have just started building my observation hive and had yet to purchase any glass/plexi so this was a great thread. Any of you ever find some good online vendors that sell laminated glass for a reasonable price. The ones I found either charge big bucks for shipping or are outrageous to start with. Thanks.

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    Default Re: Glass vs Plexiglass

    I agree with beemilk. My obv. hive has to be emptied twice a year- it gets too full of bees. Each time I clean the inside of the GLASS doors with windex, alcohol and a single edged razor knife. It takes an effort to get the propolis and wax off. I do not think any thing but glass would hold up. I did buy double thickness glass at the glass company - not standard window glass.
    Charlie

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