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Bee Hive In The Clouds
« on: October 28, 2011, 12:11:49 PM »
This is one I did about two weeks ago. The bees were in a soffit of a roof section approximately 45' up. Rented a 50' tow behind lift courtesy of our very own V Martin (Mike Martin). Mike hooked me up with a good rental company on the other side of the Ms river from me. This lift was awesome & very well maintained. This was the longest tow behind I've ever rented and it made backing up into a driveway while avoiding gates, plants, other vehicles etc.... very challenging!

The only drawback is the small working platform. With my tools, bucket of water, bucket for scrap comb, bee vac & myself, there wasn't hardly any room for anything else let alone a camera with tripod. The footage I took was all hand held so this is not my usual video showing step by step progress but I do offer footage with updates and pictures showing what the hive looks like and the progression of the removal as to how it played out.

I decided I will be renting this lift again on other removals that require a 50'er and will also be using it to cut down a large Sweet Gum tree in my back yard.

Thanks again Mike for the hook up!


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Re: Bee Hive In The Clouds
« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2011, 01:17:52 PM »
Always love watching your videos JP. that lift certainly was nice! I could use something like that on occasion here at the house for antenna work.

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Re: Bee Hive In The Clouds
« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2011, 02:37:23 PM »
Great video, keep them coming!
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Re: Bee Hive In The Clouds
« Reply #3 on: October 28, 2011, 08:10:24 PM »
JP, I enjoyed watching your neew video, they're always entertaining and instructive.

If it's not too intrusive a question, roughly what would you charge a customer for that sort of operation?

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Re: Bee Hive In The Clouds
« Reply #4 on: October 28, 2011, 09:02:16 PM »
JP, I enjoyed watching your neew video, they're always entertaining and instructive.

If it's not too intrusive a question, roughly what would you charge a customer for that sort of operation?

Not as much as you would think, perhaps should have even charged more but for George, my fee & two days rental it was less than eighteen hundred.


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Re: Bee Hive In The Clouds
« Reply #5 on: October 28, 2011, 09:04:52 PM »
How much would that run to rent it for deer season?    Just something to look in to.    Great video and great views.   

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Re: Bee Hive In The Clouds
« Reply #6 on: October 29, 2011, 12:34:38 AM »
JP, Do you stuff every cavity that you remove bees from with insulation.  If so, have you ever had a swarm still move in say on the other side of the 2by b/c of the smell of the old hive?

Another great video btw.

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Re: Bee Hive In The Clouds
« Reply #7 on: October 29, 2011, 11:22:16 AM »
James, usually stuff every void we can get to as a precaution but the real ticket is caulking/sealing to keep them out. That is the tedious and fun part! Its rare that they come back in the same exact spot after I have bee proofed it. If they do its human error on my part. Just to let you know though, they will try and get back to that spot or an adjacent one. That is a fact. If they can't get in, they have to move on. On rare occasion I've had them build on the exterior of a void previously occupied by bees. I don't have a problem with that, external removals are a gift to a bee remover.


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Re: Bee Hive In The Clouds
« Reply #8 on: October 29, 2011, 12:06:35 PM »
Nice Job JP.  As always it's a great video, and very interesting to watch. Tough spot even with the lift.

Thanks for sharing this video with us!

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Re: Bee Hive In The Clouds
« Reply #9 on: October 29, 2011, 01:07:00 PM »
Even if I had the skill to do that job, I couldn't because I'm afraid of heights. No way that I could go up that high! Good job JP! Larry

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Re: Bee Hive In The Clouds
« Reply #10 on: October 29, 2011, 02:19:36 PM »
Wow that was high up, I am not scared of heights but when you panned down to the ground below my stomach felt icky :)

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Re: Bee Hive In The Clouds
« Reply #11 on: October 30, 2011, 03:50:20 AM »
Have to say when I first got up in the lift and went up about thirty five feet or so I had a touch of the willies but they soon subsided which was a great relief! I'm glad I rented the 50'er because frankly I wasn't quite sure how high we really needed to go but we used every bit of that lift, let me tell you!

First thing I had to do was bring it up and swing the entire thing 180 degrees around to get it where you could access the hive. In order to bypass the roof section just before and to the left of where the hive was you had to bring the lift up and around as high as it would go so you wouldn't skim the roof with the bucket. Hope that that made sense.

Then you brought it down and in.

It was a very fine & well maintained lift as I mentioned before. This gave me a lot of confidence working from that height. Believe it or not I don't really care for heights either but as long as I feel secure up there I'll do what I need to do.


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Re: Bee Hive In The Clouds
« Reply #12 on: October 30, 2011, 07:52:43 AM »
Definiteley nose bleed removal zone at that height! :-D

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Re: Bee Hive In The Clouds
« Reply #13 on: October 31, 2011, 01:03:32 PM »
Great job JP. Thanks for the lesson.
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Re: Bee Hive In The Clouds
« Reply #14 on: October 31, 2011, 04:02:22 PM »
'preciate the video!

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Re: Bee Hive In The Clouds
« Reply #15 on: October 31, 2011, 06:10:50 PM »
Been busy lately, I will watch this later!!

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Re: Bee Hive In The Clouds
« Reply #16 on: October 31, 2011, 08:19:53 PM »
Nice video, especially with the obstacles and height.  Maybe a camera mount for the basket on the lift.  There are glazer packages for holding glass and pipe holders for fitters. Hmmm a camera mount for beeks. I like that idea.  Glad you were happy with the lift and that the project was completed safely.  Thanks for the props and it was my pleasure to be of assistance.  After all what are friends for?

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Re: Bee Hive In The Clouds
« Reply #17 on: November 02, 2011, 02:29:43 AM »
That was great JP. I found it scary and would never go up that high, but it did look pretty safe. Great music once again ( I always notice the music)

You looked very healthy in the video, glad you are feeling better.

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Re: Bee Hive In The Clouds
« Reply #18 on: November 02, 2011, 06:54:25 AM »
Thanks Annette!

Mike, its not often I do removals like this but a camera mount would be a nice option. Perhaps duct tape?  :-D


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Re: Bee Hive In The Clouds
« Reply #19 on: November 02, 2011, 08:57:57 AM »
Thanks Annette!

Mike, its not often I do removals like this but a camera mount would be a nice option. Perhaps duct tape?  :-D


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