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Offline Bee-Bop

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Re: hardware cloth
« Reply #20 on: November 06, 2010, 11:02:51 PM »


Made out of aluminium, made 7 of them, then got tired, now shove in 1/4 in. wire cloth in the rest of the hives !

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Re: hardware cloth
« Reply #21 on: November 06, 2010, 11:16:25 PM »
@Bee-Bop:

Well, in the post by Iddee above, (http://forum.beemaster.com/index.php/topic,30343.msg241770.html#msg241770) it's mentioned that 1/4 works, 3/8 better, and finding the better is harder.  I figure if you split the difference you will avoid the mouse problem and avoid the bee problem.  How much work can that be in comparison to ridding the hives of infestation?

edit:  Oh I see.  Yeah that would be a lot of work. 8-)

@Mathew:

What I was describing was a technique I had imagined where I would take #4 (4 wires per inch) hardware cloth (wire screen or galvanized mesh), then expand the size of every other hole to make a screen with a hole measurement of 5/16th of an inch.  Greenbtree is saying that that's too big, a mouse can fit through a hole 7mm in size, while the size hole I'm suggesting is 8, and #4 hardware cloth will have 6mm holes.
  
It would look something like this:  

And before anybody asks.  Yes, I do have the equipment to measure little holes like that.  I make flutes.
« Last Edit: November 06, 2010, 11:55:27 PM by CapnChkn »
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Re: hardware cloth
« Reply #22 on: November 06, 2010, 11:48:18 PM »
  BeeBOP what about the gap at top --not sure but it looks big in the pic--RDY-B

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Re: hardware cloth
« Reply #23 on: November 07, 2010, 11:05:46 AM »
rdy-b

Pictures can be deceptive some times.

My removable screened in Bottom boards are all made in one piece.

Sorry I don't have a close up showing the front







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Re: hardware cloth
« Reply #24 on: November 07, 2010, 11:18:23 AM »
rdy-b

Pictures can be deceptive some times.

My removable screened in Bottom boards are all made in one piece.

Sorry I don't have a close up showing the front



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Bee Bop, any chance you'd have any plans for these. I'd like to try building a couple and see firsthand how they work. Thanks.
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Re: hardware cloth
« Reply #25 on: November 07, 2010, 11:49:21 AM »
Bee Bop,
I like the bottom board.  But, is it me or are your boxes sideways?

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Re: hardware cloth
« Reply #26 on: November 07, 2010, 12:35:28 PM »
Nice set up 
on the top of the hive ?

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Re: hardware cloth
« Reply #27 on: November 07, 2010, 12:55:05 PM »
Bee Bop,
I like the bottom board.  But, is it me or are your boxes sideways?

Yes they are sideways, being close together I find it is easier for me, to pick up the frame end bars, with out having to reach one arm across the hive.
Arthritis and old age don't help either !

TommyT

Top entrance and ventilated top, has # 8 wire for can or jar feeding { no bees flying around }, packed with dried leaves during the winter to insulate and absorb moisture.



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