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    Sticky: Re: staple gun for supers

    I LOVE my frame jig. Especially keeping things square. I glue and staple and when the frames are done, they're square and tight. I'm a wood / wax person and I pull wire and embed so strong frames are...
  2. Re: Will the coronavirus negatively affect the beekeeping industry?

    "Will the coronavirus negatively affect the beekeeping industry?"

    That's the title of this thread. Please stay on point.
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    Re: Requeen every July?

    I don't but I think about it. Not a bad time of year to re-queen. If it goes well, she gets you well set for the fall / winter. If it goes south, you have time to fix it before the cold weather....
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    Re: What to use to get the natural wood look

    It's really hard to present a real, wood finish that can keep out in the weather. Just like paint, you need a deep coat...not a top coat. The more oil you can use, the better your end product will...
  5. Thread: old frames

    by Ravenseye
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    Re: old frames

    1) No. Clean them up a bit by shaking out the dead bees. Let the live bees take care of the rest unless they are just covered with mildew, etc. Bees do a great job cleaning things up...but see #2....
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    Re: Frames are stuck--hard

    I inherited a hive like that once. The top boxes were hard to work, but possible. The bottom was locked solid. As JWPalmer says, a J Hook tool is much more effective. For me, it "almost" worked but...
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    Re: Wax moth larva mystery

    My first few years of beekeeping I never had a wax moth problem I stored up in the very cold barn and all was well. Then...it wasn't. I thought it was due to a warmer winter (and my first year of...
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    Re: What date should I have my bees arrive?

    I don't mind early bees. I've shaken packages with snow coming down. As noted, you'll want to feed. I mean, it's not absolutely necessary but it sure helps a bunch. For you, order packages to come in...
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    Re: Driving with bees

    I've done this plenty of times. Some packages have a few hobo's. Some have lots. On a cold day they just hang tight to the outside of the package. Inside the truck, they warm up and I always have a...
  10. Re: Thoughts on locating captured swarm back into same bee yard?

    I do it when it happens. Usually don't have a problem. Usually. Sometimes they've already set their minds on another spot so when you hive them, they appreciate the temporary roof over their heads...
  11. Re: Do you need to rewax plastic foundation if you pressure wash the frames?

    I would re-wax. Sometimes you can just rub a block of wax across the open cells but when I used wax I had the best luck just heating lightly in a pan and using a throwaway chip brush to gently brush...
  12. Re: Bee-L member requesting Beekeepers donate their extra N95 Masks - DON'T DO IT!!!!

    Since the OP deleted the opening post as well as other posts, I'm closing this thread.
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    Things I WON'T get done this year

    Since I make a list every year of things that I want to do (and then get down because they didn't all get done), I thought I'd start a list of things I already know I won't complete. Heck, it's been...
  14. Thread: Other bees

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    Re: Other bees

    They won't bother the other bees but they can do a lot of damage to trim, sheds, etc. If you have them around, check for structural damage before they get worse.
  15. Thread: Moving hives

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    Re: Moving hives

    If you're moving that far you should be fine with just screening, loading, unloading and unscreening. Do strap them tightly. I once assumed that a pickup bed of boxes with bees would be OK on the way...
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    Re: Electric Leaf Blower

    I think it's one of those "it depends" answers. I have a row of hives that I mow in front of with a garden tractor. I rarely get bothered even in mid-summer when they're booming. Note I said...
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    Re: A sign of the times

    Then again, my hearing isn't what it used to be either!
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    Re: Maple Syrup and Reverse Osmosis Units?

    Look up RO Bucket on the google. Very small kit. 8-12 gallons per hour. I think the membrane is rated to 2,000 or 2 years. I have to say it worked great. It set up in about 5 minutes. Took me a...
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    Re: Maple Syrup and Reverse Osmosis Units?

    I'm thinking not. The RO membrane needs high pressure to work. And what you're pushing through that filter has to be fairly thin. With that little unit that I'm using, I can get 2 passes before your...
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    Re: Maple Syrup and Reverse Osmosis Units?

    I have the RO Bucket. RO10. It has tremendously reduced my boil time since my job and distance really limits how much time I can babysit the pans. Since I boil at a slower rate that the RO unit, I...
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    Re: A sign of the times

    I can't sing but I appreciate someone who can. Hey, singing can't hurt!
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    Re: A sign of the times

    Well, I didn't mean it to be political so much as a bias that springs out of times like this. It does make it hard. I meant it as a "sign of the times" as in one of those things that come up when...
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    Re: A sign of the times

    I think the diarrhea issue is more related to any over the counter meds you may take if you have a cold, flu, whatever. I'm very sensitive to those and unless I'm really ill, I don't take them at...
  24. Re: Let's just be honest: This spring is historically early.

    Happened a couple of years ago here. We lost the peach crop completely due to an early spring and then a quick, sharp freeze. This year the maples are barely running due to high temps at night. I'm...
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    Re: Caution about opening hives in winter?

    A quick look on a cold day is fine. I try to avoid windy days although they all seem to be windy lately.
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