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  Topic: My first hive
wuertele

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed Apr 23, 2014 8:49 pm   Subject: My first hive
going to be a lot of condensation in that one though. Might want to check for mold often.
I have already noticed significant condensation. Since I have insulated panels closed all the time (except f ...
  Topic: My first hive
wuertele

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed Apr 23, 2014 8:35 pm   Subject: My first hive
Any reason for not using wooden sides?
I thought about wood, but I couldn't figure out a way to make it see-through.

Dave
  Topic: My first hive
wuertele

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed Apr 23, 2014 8:10 pm   Subject: My first hive
Last Saturday I got my first bees and installed them in a TBH I built myself. Here is a link to some photos:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/wuertele/sets/72157644247591773/

Glass sides with 100% ...
  Topic: Idea for making top bar hold comb better
wuertele

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Apr 17, 2014 5:30 pm   Subject: Idea for making top bar hold comb better
Just take a hand saw, put it in a vice, Run your top bars over the blade in all directions... That's what I do and didn't have any collapses.

So it sounds like you are roughing your bars in order t ...
  Topic: Idea for making top bar hold comb better
wuertele

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed Apr 16, 2014 3:12 pm   Subject: Idea for making top bar hold comb better
I must say I cannot see the logic here - how does the mesh improve the bond? Surely a slightly rough wood surface is more than adequate?

Perhaps a rough wood surface is more than adequate. Perhaps ...
  Topic: Idea for making top bar hold comb better
wuertele

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed Apr 16, 2014 7:29 am   Subject: Photo of mesh
The angle is 20 degrees, the mesh is 3mm stainless steel, attached with steel staples.

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7429/13888981485_9669a2d548_b.jpg

Dave
  Topic: Idea for making top bar hold comb better
wuertele

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed Apr 16, 2014 7:28 am   Subject: Idea for making top bar hold comb better
I have an idea to increase the surface area of the top bar / comb interface: staple wire mesh to the underside of the top bar. My hope is that it can strengthen the connection between the wax and th ...
  Topic: Varroa mesh wire gauge relevance
wuertele

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed Apr 16, 2014 7:26 am   Subject: Re: A published paper that may be of some help to you


I also read several of the links that refer to the paper, including the biobees thread. There was no mention of wire diameter anywhere.

That's because what matters is the space between the wir ...
  Topic: Varroa mesh wire gauge relevance
wuertele

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Feb 18, 2014 6:51 pm   Subject: Re: A published paper that may be of some help to you
Google Experimentation of an Anti-Varroa Screened Bottom Board in the Context of Developing an Integrated Pest Management Strategy for Varroa Infested Honeybees in the Province of Quebec
Just did thi ...
  Topic: Varroa mesh wire gauge relevance
wuertele

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Feb 18, 2014 4:13 pm   Subject: Re: Varroa mesh wire gauge relevance
The bee is in a seam of bees between the combs. For all but the lowermost bees, the thing that the varroa lands on will be another bee. Which suggests that the only varroa that get to the mesh are ...
  Topic: Varroa mesh wire gauge relevance
wuertele

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Feb 18, 2014 6:02 am   Subject: Varroa mesh wire gauge relevance
The goal of mesh floors is to pass Varroa but not bees. Therefore we need a hole size bigger than a mite and smaller than a bee.

For the sake of argument, let's hypothesize that a 3mm x 3mm square ...
 
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