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    Re: OA VAP 110.04 Oxalic Acid Vaporizer

    Ryan, I think all these ideas are workable. In a pinch I made a flexible tapered intake adapter using old T shirt material saturated with silicone and wrapped about three layers. Fuel proof, air...
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    Re: OA VAP 110.04 Oxalic Acid Vaporizer

    I insulated some of my homemade models and it does speed up initial heat up and recovery between boil offs. I used layer wrapped fiberglass cloth. The aluminum foil tape would make a good protective...
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    Re: Bee grooming at the hive entrance

    I noticed it quite a few years ago and initially took it to be robbing defense; it looked so aggressive. Sometimes two or three bees going at one and even hauling the victim upside down. It is...
  4. Re: Filtering / Cleaning dull coloured beeswax

    I have seen it recommended to pour it out into thin flat sections and bleach it in sunlight. We are all familiar with how this can take the colour out of many things.
  5. Thread: Used equipment

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    Re: Used equipment

    Jack, I am thinking of frames that are suspect for disease. I agree that a frame that is merely recycled because of old comb etc., can be done quickly. I have some stored that has a lot of honey in...
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    Re: Treat mites all the time?

    Mite growth is highly exponential so it is very important not to ever get behind in the fight. It is a good idea to learn to asses the mite levels. Sugar shakes, alcohol shakes, opening drone brood...
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    Re: Should I go with Saskatraz packages

    Well, yes, you kind of have to play the hand you are dealt. If you are surrounded by bees that are constantly topped up genetically with bees suited for production for pollination and providing sheer...
  8. Re: How long can a colony stay alive without fresh air?

    I have not seen a postmortem described for suffocation so I will describe what I saw.

    First; mite counts in october were zero drop on sticky boards. Alcohol wash on dead bees was negative. Also...
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    Re: Used equipment

    Cleaning up old frames is far more work than assembling new ones and a much dirtier job. If possible disease is a factor, it is hard to put a price on that.
  10. Re: Fed water droplets/ landing board- they went nuts

    It really is difficult to achieve a sense of "understanding its why s and wherefores" when there are so many variables. It is especially hard to assess when the bees apparently have control of some...
  11. Re: Honey extractor- Dadant 20 Frame- Stripped Gears

    I dont have a lot of faith in even the monolithic or solid nylon or whatever they are called, gears. I kind of lump them all together as "plastic"! The first 3D printed stuff was even more sketchy...
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    Re: Efficient Method of Queen rearing for Splits?

    Queens produced from older larvae will not be genetically inferior but their ovariole counts will be lower. This will limit their potential maximum lifetime egg production and right from the start...
  13. Re: How long can a colony stay alive without fresh air?

    I feel that I lost colonies last winter due to heavy drifting snow followed by rain then snow again. I did not have upper entrances (first and last time I will try that). As long as the upper...
  14. Thread: Image-blocking

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    Re: Image-blocking

    If I remember correctly this happened with the free version but the paid version did not embed the spurious links. Possibly might have been something starting with Img___

    I wont type in its full...
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    Re: What causes Honey to cystallize?

    Quite normal. Some honey crops will crystallize even quicker than that and some may go a year. Some may have a very coarse gritty and solid texture and some may have fine crystals and still...
  16. Thread: Global Warming

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    Re: Global Warming

    I would like to see an effective mechanism of recall. If an elected person fails to follow his promised path jerk him off his comfy seat. That might change a lot of the useless posturing during the...
  17. Thread: Global Warming

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    Re: Global Warming

    How do you displace the apathy? How do you innoculate the population against gullibility? I think some of our cultural belief systems are being used as a control mechanism. We really cannot go there...
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    Re: Image-blocking

    I met with the same head scratcher a few years ago on another forum. Not sure if it was the same image hoster but the gist of it was the hoster was attaching links to porn sites along with my images....
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    Re: Global Warming

    I have read that democracy has a fatal flaw in that the population can vote themselves gifts from the system. It is a known fact that people will seek and consume what is not in their best long term...
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    Re: Global Warming

    Yes; exponential growth based on finite resources is a physical impossibility. What is unsupportable eventually collapses.
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    Re: Global Warming

    I agree, but that would be a hard proposition to sell!

    Of all the idiocy, I heard a short time ago that Canada is heading down the road to insolvency because in view of the projected social...
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    Re: Alternatives to Wooden Beehives?

    You can pick up card tables at yard sales. Same for skill saws. A skill saw upside down screwed to the bottom of the card table and you have a crude table saw.
    Yes you can hotwire cut foam easily...
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    Re: Global Warming

    RobertH and Amibusiness;

    Well said. :thumbsup:
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    Re: --Never Say 2019--

    Bernhard;

    Should this not be rotate 90 degrees ?
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    Re: Should I go with Saskatraz packages

    Are there any bees that are mite proof in mite prevalent areas? It seems to me that acquiring set and forget bees is a tougher proposition than having bees you expect to treat.

    In Pa. I would...
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