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  1. J

    TBH build

    Top Bar Idea I have my own way, each bar is made by taking two lengths of square timber, around 1 inch x 17 inches long, I then sandwich a strip of cut unwired foundation between the 2 pieces, total depth of 1.75 inches so that I have about 3/4 of an inch hanging below the bar for the bees to...
  2. J

    Returning bee keeper desperate for bees

    Hi, I live the far side of welshpool, if you are still looking for bees let me know, you can message me Cheers John
  3. J

    Culling hives - options?

    Seems to me that the morons who set fire to bees and have all that knowledge behind them that tells them it's the right thing to do need to think about why they're involving themselves with BKing in the first place. It's the sort of ignorance that turns most of our stomachs, and yes they always...
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    Swarm housing variances

    It may be that I didn't catch the queen amongst the swarm, but they certainly had a queen that ended up with them when they did settle into the last hive i put them in.
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    Swarm housing variances

    Just wanted to say that I had a swarm off one of my hives a few weeks ago and it took 4 attempts to rehouse them............had a really tough time with them tracking back to the old hive 3 times on varying days. In the end i moved the new hive to old site whilst they swarmed in a tree and it...
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    Swarm housing variances

    Just wanted to say that I had a swarm off one of my hives a few weeks ago and it took 3 attempts to rehouse them............has a really tough time with them tracking back to the old hive. In the end i moved the new hive to old site whilst they swarmed in a tree and it worked a treat. Had...
  7. J

    Electric nailer / stapler

    I have to agree with Oliver on this point, you just won't find this tool is up to much at all, it's just like router bits that are V' cheap, most of the time they are only good for a very limited use period. If it's all you can afford then have a play with it to see what you can get away with...
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    Router table Vs Buying hive

    Cost of red Cedar I live in Mid wales and things here near welshpool are reasonably priced as there's not a lot of money around. I have found the best red cedar supplier is a timber yard where they buy in bulk timber, trim down, machine and also treat the wood. They also supply the big...
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    Router table Vs Buying hive

    Making my own kit I often do the is it worth doing myself question (I'm a tight Welshman so it's built in my DNA) I believe it is worth doing it yourself. I make this call based on the fact that I don't have lots of cash, but also don't want to buy cheaper kit that ultimately I'm not happy...
  10. J

    Electric nailer / stapler

    air compressed Nail/stapler/pin gun I bought 1 each of the above(they run off a mini compressor for £80), from a reconditioning shop in Preston, I was doing a load of cladding so bought a Dewalt 3" nailer, £80, a 32mm staple gun,£35 a 32mm pin nailer £30. I cannot tell you the difference these...
  11. J

    New Frame Quality

    I have bought a few sets of frames recently and wanted some feedback regarding the quality. Do people think that there are 2 grades of timber, as I bought some from 1 company and they are very light in both colour and weight, like thick balsa wood almost and they were ok to fit together but not...
  12. J

    Hacked Off - Swarm loss

    That's interesting, as I do have an OMF, and on previous years I've rehoused them with solid floors OK. Definitely something I'll change as I have a solid floor spare that I can use till they settle in - if I get them when they swarm again of course. Thank you for this.
  13. J

    Unusual frame sizes?

    Has anyone ever heard of frame sizes as follows, I've got a lot of them and can't find their exact size anywhere listed on here or the web, they're hoffman Top bar - 44.4cm Long x 2cm wide side bars - 20cm bottom bars - 36cm I'd really appreciate it if anyone knows, they are professionally...
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    Hacked Off - Swarm loss

    Interesting reading Lorrick, and it helps to hear of other peoples frustrations. I was away all day today and the wife said that they almost swarmed again, but it started raining and they stopped, so it seems like they went back into the original hive the other day. Tomorrows another day, so...
  15. J

    Hacked Off - Swarm loss

    My Commercials aren't all a standard Commercial size, goodness knows why, I bought them 2nd hand and they were all I could afford at the time. They've been a pain for 3 years in terms of inter-changing frames etc. I've now got hold of some Red Cedar and have started making my own hives, the...
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    Hacked Off - Swarm loss

    Hi Redwood, I couldn't put another frame of Brood in as it wouldn't fit. I've changed from having all commercial frames/hives x 3 to a new National hive, so all my other frames are too big for it. Frustrating as I agree this would be ideal.
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    Hacked Off - Swarm loss

    Totally hacked off today - twice I've had a hive of mine swarm in 4 days, first time I caught the swarm by shaking into cardboard box, then put it into a new BB with frames and foundation (a different hive size to my others so can't put drawn out frames in there)- then they went back to the...
  18. J

    Bees swarming into occupied hive

    I had a problem yesterday, I have 3 hives, hive 2 was swarming in front of it's hive on the grass and started to clash with the bees from hive 3, I lost a couple of hundred bees. Both hives are strong and I've never seen this before, my bees have never taken much notice of each other. The mock...
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    waterproof membrane around winter hives

    Thanks for this answer, and the others that answered the question i posed, I like the idea of the roofing Tyvek type solution, and will give it a go, also liked the case around a hive made in silver. i know that there are people on this site that tend to have very set views on things, and others...
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    waterproof membrane around winter hives

    Hi, Has or does anyone wrap the sides of their hives in winter with a breathable but waterproof fabric? I'm not trying to open a debate about insulation, there's lots of that discussed previously, I just want to hear views on this aspect which i hope would keep water out of the 2 x 14x12's BB...
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