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Author Topic: What do you keep in your hive toolbox?  (Read 4605 times)
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« Reply #20 on: February 13, 2009, 05:45:46 AM »

I bought a hand held metal tool box a couple years ago. It stays in the truck. I keep everything from duct tape to matches. From a baby food jar of fondant to a bottle of water. My tool box is just an extention of everything else I "may" need that day. I may find queen cells, may want to cage a queen, might get called out on a swarm call....so it's all in the truck. I even carry a extra set of clothes, extra sneakers, and toilet paper. I have extra bottles of water behind the seat, and a few granola bars. I take everything I might need while in a yard. And the tool box is a place where many things go. A small mag light to a sharpie. A marking pen to some hive staples. I may not be back at that yard for a month or two, so I take it all so I can leave knowing I dealt with whatever I needed too.
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« Reply #21 on: February 13, 2009, 09:49:26 AM »

I'd have to agree with the consensus here, Annette - the frame rest is a prime tool - try it again!

Honestly, I really like the frame lifter too, especially since I don't really like to smoke. I can remove frames regardless of how high on the frames the honeys are and when they are really heavy I feel like I have a better grip on them.

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« Reply #22 on: February 13, 2009, 10:47:30 AM »

duct tape, smoker, hive tool, lighter and beer for afterwards!!
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« Reply #23 on: February 13, 2009, 01:23:31 PM »

Just to add: I always have a powerful pair of dollar store reading glasses 2.5 to 3.0 for deep cell looking (it's nice eye protection too) and always a tube of ORAJEL around which stops sting pain quick as anything, you'll watch a venom sac stop pumping the second it gets hit with the gel. I had a whole super of brood twist out of square once while carrying it and every frame fell to the ground - they were on me like white on rice, the gel kills the sting pain whether you get to scrap a stinger off or not, it might have been nice to have that ouchy day!
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« Reply #24 on: February 13, 2009, 04:16:53 PM »

What do you do in an outyard if the box is falling apart?  Or you need to close up an entrance?
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« Reply #25 on: February 13, 2009, 04:56:59 PM »

I keep the entrance reducers up at the apiary site in case of need, with extra supers and some other stuff.
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« Reply #26 on: February 13, 2009, 08:39:31 PM »

 I have some misc. size reducers, some V shaped 14 1/2 wide, 1/8 hardware cloth entrance blockers and some other odds and ends throwed in an empty deep super in the back of my truck also.
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« Reply #27 on: February 16, 2009, 04:44:35 AM »

2 hive tools
bee brush
smoker
lighter
matches
hammer with assorted nails
miniature hand saw
duct and masking tape
queen marking pen
queen cages
magnifying lenses
propolis pick
frame grip
packet of marshmallows
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« Reply #28 on: February 16, 2009, 04:18:11 PM »

Aha!!!  You're gonna get a kick out of this one.  This almost exact topic was started in December 2006 by Newbee101.  Go to this link, there are some very cool and interesting pictures in this other thread, just to add onto what we all keep in our toolboxes, hee, hee.  Have that great, most wonderful day, Cindi

http://forum.beemaster.com/index.php/topic,7209.0.html
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« Reply #29 on: February 16, 2009, 08:46:52 PM »

Maybe more important, what is in your pocket.  Smiley  I have a marking pen, a queen catcher, a marking tube, a pair of tweezers and a flashlight.  Smiley
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« Reply #30 on: February 17, 2009, 01:33:46 AM »

Somethings I always carry with me:  Leatherman tool, marking pen, hive staples, knife, and string.

I can't tell you how many times I've needed them other places than just the bee yard.
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« Reply #31 on: February 17, 2009, 07:29:18 AM »

It may not be in the toolbox, but I also make sure I carry a couple extra bottles of water. There is always a bottle handy for whatever the use.
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« Reply #32 on: February 17, 2009, 09:25:22 AM »

I don't know how some of you can get away with it, but I am absolutely lost without a roll of duct tape!  That is one of man's greatest inventions!
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« Reply #33 on: February 17, 2009, 09:53:46 AM »

I don't know how some of you can get away with it, but I am absolutely lost without a roll of duct tape!  That is one of man's greatest inventions!

I say the same thing about toilet paper... grin I can do things with toilet paper, that you just can't do with duct tape...  shocked
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« Reply #34 on: February 17, 2009, 01:11:37 PM »

Hmmph..giggle Bjorn, you cracked me up with that one..Far Side images in my warped little mind!  J evil
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« Reply #35 on: February 17, 2009, 03:29:26 PM »

Vagisil is cheaper and stronger than orajel. just get some female to get it for you if you are to shy to buy for yourself.   evil
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« Reply #36 on: February 17, 2009, 04:28:08 PM »

Now this thread is getting .............interesting  Wink
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« Reply #37 on: February 17, 2009, 04:36:08 PM »

it is especially good for the itching that comes a couple of days later.
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« Reply #38 on: February 17, 2009, 05:24:32 PM »

Itching....  huh  I told you, I have toilet paper in the truck.... rolleyes

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« Reply #39 on: February 17, 2009, 07:08:06 PM »

I don't know how some of you can get away with it, but I am absolutely lost without a roll of duct tape!  That is one of man's greatest inventions!

I say the same thing about toilet paper... grin I can do things with toilet paper, that you just can't do with duct tape...  shocked

Vagisil is cheaper and stronger than orajel. just get some female to get it for you if you are to shy to buy for yourself.   evil

I read these to comments and thought Bikini Wax and the Vagisil will ease the pain there.
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