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Brian Bush 

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I have always made my own hives. I make them with insulated gabled roofs covered with Aluminium. I have been purchasing 10 sheets (60cmX70cm) from a metal supplier for between £100 and £120 depending on mrket costs. Having seen suggestions for printers aluminium sheets on this site I decided to ring round local print works. After several unsuccessful calls I found a company, local to where I work, that sold me 10 sheets for £60 in beer vouchers. The sheets are larger than my normal ones and I have calculated that I will get one hive roof sheet from each plus a NUC box roof or half a roof from the offcut.
If anyone is building or refurbishing a hive this is a cheap and easy source of roofing material. Much lighter than felt and very easy to bend and cut.

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I got 10 sheets for 'some honey' although I haven't honoured that part of the deal yet I'll be visiting them soon.

They wouldn't take any money - they just scrap them after use so I guess the scrap value of the sheets can't be much.
 

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thanks for this. I have been looking for roofing material suppliers and am currently using felt. I will be making some phone call. thanks
 

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ok. so what are printers aluminium sheets and what type of printers are we talking about? is that people who print flyers or that sort of thing?
 

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Your looking for a litho printer, the sheets are actually the plates used for printing. Without getting technical you need a printer that prints larger than A3 otherwise you will not get the size. I ''left work'' with a supply of B1 plates, these will give two national roofs. They are easy to cut and manipulate and the results are good.

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thanks Pete. that helps a lot.

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Got some off cuts of zinc-coated steel cut to size on Saturday past. Material for 7 roofs cost me £10.00. Lesson = go and look in the scrap pile of someone who erects agricultural and industrial sheds.
 

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