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  1. #21
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    Default Re: Workable mouse guard?

    So I bought that corner bead, cut a couple pieces to size and drilled 3/8" holes. But I am a little concerned how sharp the edges are. I cleaned up the burrs but a little concerned that the edges could still injure the bees. Any thoughts?

  2. #22
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    Default Re: Workable mouse guard?

    Not a chance but they could cut you.
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  3. #23
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    Default Re: Workable mouse guard?

    Quote Originally Posted by frankthomas View Post
    So I bought that corner bead, cut a couple pieces to size and drilled 3/8" holes. But I am a little concerned how sharp the edges are. I cleaned up the burrs but a little concerned that the edges could still injure the bees. Any thoughts?
    I have tried to drill the corner beads out to 3/8"....but I can't get a good clean hole in the thin metal.

    Anyone have any suggestions of how to get the holes to drill cleanly?

  4. #24
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    Default Re: Workable mouse guard?

    Clamp the corner bead between two pieces of wood. Drill holes thru both the wood and metal. Avoid the existing holes.
    Graham
    -- The real problem is not precise language, it's clear language. - Richard Feynman

  5. #25
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    Default Re: Workable mouse guard?

    I posted a picture above of corner bead that has all the holes predrilled, bought it at Home Depot. Check around for other suppliers even take a picture and show them what you are looking for, maybe they can order it.
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  6. #26
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    Default Re: Workable mouse guard?

    So many over the top mouse guards...

    Lose the wooden reducer part. Cut the 1/2" hardware cloth into 4" strip...as long as your bottom entrance. Fold into wedge the long way and insert. Done.

    I've used them a long time and have seen no issues...isn't 40 years long enough to know?

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    Default Re: Workable mouse guard?

    Michael, do you use 3/8 or 3/4 front entrance?
    Regards, Barry

  8. #28
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    Default Re: Workable mouse guard?

    Two sizes...3/4 and 7/8. Works on both.

  9. #29
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    Default Re: Workable mouse guard?

    I keep 3/8" gap year around and have had mice get in by slightly chewing the bottom of the hive body, which measured about 1/2" high. Perhaps because they had no restriction side to side they elongated to get in. With 1/2 wire restriction, I guess that could be the difference.
    Regards, Barry

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    Default Re: Workable mouse guard?

    I suspect the key to Michael Palmer's method is that the 1/2" wire is folded into a "V". That has the effect of making the 1/2" holes smaller, because the holes are no longer vertical and there are two levels of wire that a mouse has to deal with..
    Graham
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  11. #31
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    Default Re: Workable mouse guard?

    Quote Originally Posted by NewJoe View Post
    I have tried to drill the corner beads out to 3/8"....but I can't get a good clean hole in the thin metal.

    Anyone have any suggestions of how to get the holes to drill cleanly?
    The best way to get a clean hole in thin metal is punch it. The second best way is to drill a series of increasing sized holes a little at a time. The simple way to do that is to buy a step drill. Most electricians have one as a friend. For what you are doing I would look for a cheap one at Harbor Freight.
    Last edited by Acebird; 11-04-2013 at 05:56 AM.
    Brian Cardinal
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  12. #32
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    Default Re: Workable mouse guard?

    I use 1/2 inch hardware cloth.
    I cut them 4 meshes wide by however long I need them.
    I go up 1 mesh and bend it in an L shape.
    It fits right in the mouth and I staple it in place.
    I have not had a mouse in my hives.
    I've found the 3/8" holes make it hard for the bees to enter.

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    Default Re: Workable mouse guard?

    How would this sytem work - with 10 mm holes - big enough for the bees, to small for any mouse.
    http://www.qualitybeekeepingsupplies...gue-2/47-tools
    ( this is an entrance closer - holes are to small for your pupose)
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    Default Re: Workable mouse guard?

    Quote Originally Posted by NewJoe View Post
    I have tried to drill the corner beads out to 3/8"....but I can't get a good clean hole in the thin metal.

    Anyone have any suggestions of how to get the holes to drill cleanly?
    Top quality bit and a backing board. Get something that drills aluminum or brass well and you have found the ticket.
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    Default Re: Workable mouse guard?

    As Ace said, a step bit works well. Since it doesn't have spiraling flutes, it won't grab the metal and pull it towards you.
    Regards, Barry

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