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  1. #1
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    Default Expensive bottom board screens!

    I'm wanting to make some screened bottom boards, but can't find any small mesh screen locally. Looked on line and found some available from Greenbeehives, BUT, the price for two screens is $18.00, plus shipping, totals $27.50. That seems to be too expensive to me when Mann Lake is selling complete screened bottom boards with pull out tray for $26.95. Am I missing something here?

    Merle

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    Default Re: Expensive bottom board screens!

    Google hardware cloth #8. Sears got it for $13 plus $9 shipping. Jackson Wire 1/8x36x10 Redi-Roll Hdwe Cloth (10 is in ft.)

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    Default Re: Expensive bottom board screens!

    Brushy Mountain sells#8 hardware cloth by the foot:
    http://www.brushymountainbeefarm.com...oductinfo/539/
    -- Victor Hugo -- "Common sense is in spite of, not the result of, education.

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    Default Re: Expensive bottom board screens!

    I have been happy with Carmack Bee supply. http://www.carmacksupply.com/

    They appear to be having some trouble with flooding near them that could delay things, but I've ordered from them twice and have been very happy. If you were to order 10 of them assembled they would be 9$ each + 32$ shipping for an average price of 12.20 each. Granted you might not need 10, but even at 5 the cost per is like 15$ I think. If you assemble them yourself they are even cheaper.

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    Default Re: Expensive bottom board screens!

    Go to Lowe's and buy #8 Hardwar cloth. U can get a whole roll for less than that.

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    Default Re: Expensive bottom board screens!

    > Go to Lowe's and buy #8 Hardwar cloth

    If the Lowes in your area stock #8 hardware cloth, count yourself among the fortunate few. Many Lowes stores do not offer this item. Anyone have a link to this item at a Lowes store?

    Some Ace Hardware stores do stock #8 hardware cloth, but it seems to be a local option. The Ace near me does not carry it.
    -- Victor Hugo -- "Common sense is in spite of, not the result of, education.

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    Default Re: Expensive bottom board screens!

    the reason for the expense is that it is not #8. It is #6, which is much harder to find. #8 may still be too smal for the adult hive beetles to fall through. #4 is too big and bees can get stuck. #6 is about perfect, but really hard to find.

    I make my own, but really like the all plastic trays with basically a cover made out of the same stuff as a propolis trap. You can also use #4, and overlap it so that the wires cross each other, making slits. That will keep the bees out of the tray, but still allow the adult beetles to run down.

    Rob.

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    Default Re: Expensive bottom board screens!

    One of our local ace hardware stores will order anything that is in their online catalog, and have it in the store in a few days with no shipping charges. So it's probably a matter of getting someone that gives a flip to help you.

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    Default Re: Expensive bottom board screens!

    Quote Originally Posted by Rader Sidetrack View Post
    > Go to Lowe's and buy #8 Hardwar cloth

    If the Lowes in your area stock #8 hardware cloth, count yourself among the fortunate few. Many Lowes stores do not offer this item. Anyone have a link to this item at a Lowes store?

    Some Ace Hardware stores do stock #8 hardware cloth, but it seems to be a local option. The Ace near me does not carry it.
    They call it screen wire. They sell it to cover gutters and such. I got an50 ft roll. Was reasonably cheap. Cant remember cosrt

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    Default Re: Expensive bottom board screens!

    Use stainless steel security mesh as in front doors.

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    Default Re: Expensive bottom board screens!

    The best price I've found is at Toolking.com. Various lengths and widths. I buy in 24" wide 50' rolls for my bottom board and bee vac projects. Shipping is fast and reasonable.

    http://www.toolking.com/search/?q=1%...hardware+cloth

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    Default Re: Expensive bottom board screens!

    I found #8 hardware cloth by the foot at a True Value....after checking about 5 other of my "best option" locations. Then a week later, found Oxalic acid in the same True Value after, once again, exhausting my best options....Go figure.

    Good news is that I have a new best option.

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    Default Re: Expensive bottom board screens!

    From what I'm reading here you want 8 mesh hardware cloth. I was able to find small rolls at True Value. I purchased a roll of 6 mesh from Argus Steel. This is galvanized steel .035 size wire, pretty stiff material. I use it for my SHB bottom board traps. The consistency of the weave leaves something to be desired. I have also found that the size of the adult beetles vary. I think gender is the reason. I have found aluminum 6 mesh here http://www.twpinc.com/wire-mesh/TWPC...6X006A0350W36T
    My next purchase will be the aluminum. It looks very similar to the screen available from Green Bee.

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