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« on: February 16, 2005, 12:28:28 PM »

Can you help me!
Plese tell me how to build a hive roof!
And if you can please post some photos!
TKS!
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« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2005, 01:04:55 PM »

Quote from: icra
Can you help me!
Plese tell me how to build a hive roof!
And if you can please post some photos!
TKS!


Inner, outer or boath?
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« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2005, 03:27:31 PM »

Inter cover very simple 16 1/4" wide x 19 7/8" long frame cover with 1/4 plywood and cut a hole in the center 1 1/4" x 3 1/2". The common way of doing the hole is to run it long way. We are trying some thing different by running the hole across the short way so we can see more frames when we look down in the hive body and we can also remove strips with out removing the cover in the fall.


Outer cover is simple too. make a frame 18 1/8" x 21 3/4" x 2 1/4" cover the frame with some ply wood most recommend 3/4" stuff then cover it with roof flashing you can buy at a home center lumber yard. Since many people place bricks on theres to keep thm from blowing off I use thinner Ply wood.
Sorry these are the best picture I have of an outer cover.





Two of the outer covers in the last picture are plastic and I like them but many local bee keepers don't care for them.

 Cheesy Al
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« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2005, 05:38:40 AM »

TknS a lot!

I was intrested in outer cover.

How can we adadapt a roof like this :



to a standard hive?
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« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2005, 10:35:11 AM »

Simply build the frame as I posted above for the outer cover, then figure the pitch you want fasten the sloped boards with flashing to the frame do the gables and then paint or stain the color you wish.
 Cheesy  Al
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« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2005, 12:43:50 PM »

Ok thanks a lot trail twister! Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: February 17, 2005, 12:52:15 PM »

I use flat roof, on which I lay down the boxes  when I work with hive.

First I make square board  frame . Then 2 sustain sticks and iron or aluminic plate on . I use also 10 cm eaves.  There must be also ventilation holes that moisture come out from insulated ceiling.

Your hive in pic is fine, but totally impractical in use.  Heavy to handle and to keep in store.  Also hive is old fashioned. Modern queen are not satisfied with that little space. They escape.  shocked
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« Reply #7 on: February 17, 2005, 04:40:15 PM »

I could be wrong.... but I don't believe that's THEIR hive Finman. I think that's just an example of a roof they want. I believe they just found that picture off the internet.

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« Reply #8 on: February 18, 2005, 06:31:19 AM »

Yes, the picture is from internet, is not my hive.
I want a perfect desing for the roof because one of the problemes is the rain, whis a flat roof the water will stay on the roof.
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« Reply #9 on: February 18, 2005, 07:17:43 AM »

Although this is for a British National sized roof - heres the plan for a flat roof

 http://website.lineone.net/~dave.cushman/natroof.html

If you look around Dave Cushmans site - their are a lot of plans -  for all styles of hives, although its work in progress so not all links work yet.

I've never had any trouble with flat roofs. They work fine.

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« Reply #10 on: February 18, 2005, 08:24:02 AM »

I've never had a problem with my flat roof collecting rain. But that might be for two reasons Smiley - 1) my hive is tilted forward slightly, and 2) I used metal sheeting for the top (it is bowed upward slightly - like the top of a bubble). But I think even if the metal sheeting was glued down tight, it still wouldn't be a problem with rain collection because of the hive tilt.

I like the look of the other style roof, and have thought about doing one that way just for variation.

Here are my hives: (you can see one lid isn't as bowed upward - it can collect just a bit of rain)



This one won't collect rain:



On the last hive pictured, I can re-adjust the lids how I like:

click either picture for larger image

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« Reply #11 on: February 18, 2005, 08:32:38 AM »

Rain water shouldn't collect on the roof simply because you are supposed to place the hives on some sort of a stand with a slight slope. That way any moisture that collects inside the hive can drain out too.
I think you can see the slope of my hives in the picture I posted.
But it is a nice look for a bee hive in the back yard and If I liked the look I would do it and if the winter temps are cold in your area either fill it with insulation or place a flat winter roof on it.
This is a hobby bee keepers forum so have fun.
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« Reply #12 on: February 20, 2005, 10:42:03 PM »

http://incolor.inetnebr.com/bush/images/MigratoryTopEntrance1.JPG

Here's mine with a top entrance to boot. Smiley  It's 3/4" plywood with a one by two cleat on each end.  The plywood is 16 1/4" by 21 1/2".  The cleats are 16 1/4" long, but they could be 16" and they would still work.  The shims that make the openings I bought, but you can cut cedar shingles down to make them.
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« Reply #13 on: February 25, 2005, 05:37:39 AM »

Tongue
The flip side of the roof!
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« Reply #14 on: February 25, 2005, 09:07:12 AM »

Very well done. I think it will add a pleasing look to your hive.
 Cheesy Al
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« Reply #15 on: April 21, 2005, 11:07:37 PM »

Just built two, just like the one above@icra pic of.They are nice to admire i used copper on mine.And it is real nice to look @ too.
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