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  Topic: Praise to the POWER TOOL
Craig Howard

Replies: 7
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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Aug 04, 2016 5:18 am   Subject: Praise to the POWER TOOL
Added a new tool to my tool bag and it quickly became a "must have" for building bee related boxes.

A 2 in 1 Nail gun now lives in my shed. ( I already had a 2 HP compressor)

This too ...
  Topic: Baiting a hive...when...what season?
Craig Howard

Replies: 2
Views: 1987

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Jul 14, 2016 1:37 am   Subject: Baiting a hive...when...what season?
That makes sense. Thanx.

I have just decided to make a bait hive as well to increase any chances of naturally populating my hive.

...and I also have a fall back plan if this does not happen.

...
  Topic: Baiting a hive...when...what season?
Craig Howard

Replies: 2
Views: 1987

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Jul 12, 2016 9:02 pm   Subject: Baiting a hive...when...what season?
Its mid winter in New Zealand currently. Mild frosts thru to 20 degrees C.

I have just completed my hive and it is in the garden "airing" and conditioning it self to lose the fresh timbe ...
  Topic: Observation Window for a Beginner
Craig Howard

Replies: 17
Views: 22168

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Jul 12, 2016 6:06 am   Subject: Observation Window for a Beginner
This is an old thread but if I can add my simple construction method to it...maybe it helps someone.

I wanted a small rectangular window in the side of my first hive. Double glazed flush to the int ...
  Topic: Optimum temperature range inside a TBH?
Craig Howard

Replies: 10
Views: 4112

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Jul 08, 2016 10:10 pm   Subject: Optimum temperature range inside a TBH?
THanx all.

I have revised my ventilation plans according to advices and info above.

Very helpful.
  Topic: Optimum temperature range inside a TBH?
Craig Howard

Replies: 10
Views: 4112

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Jul 07, 2016 10:17 pm   Subject: Optimum temperature range inside a TBH?
Thank you for your info.

I will be using a mesh floor with an opening base board and also a similar arrangement in the "ceiling" to allow air flow when required..

A standby insulatio ...
  Topic: A few pics from a recent inspection
Craig Howard

Replies: 7
Views: 4534

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Thu Jul 07, 2016 4:55 am   Subject: A few pics from a recent inspection
Great shots and very educational.

Isnt nature in action amazing!
  Topic: My hTBH just finished.
Craig Howard

Replies: 13
Views: 9184

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Wed Jul 06, 2016 9:08 pm   Subject: My hTBH just finished.
Nice workshop skills and great looking hives.

I am on my first build and its comforting to see some of your design and construction ideas are similar to my own.

Hoping to have mine finished in ...
  Topic: Optimum temperature range inside a TBH?
Craig Howard

Replies: 10
Views: 4112

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed Jul 06, 2016 8:43 am   Subject: Optimum temperature range inside a TBH?
Any one know from experience or have information on what kind of temperature range a TBH is comfortable /safe for its inhabitants ( bees) ?

I have temp probes that can easily be added (fixed or ...
  Topic: Praise to the POWER TOOL
Craig Howard

Replies: 7
Views: 3599

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed Jul 06, 2016 6:26 am   Subject: Praise to the POWER TOOL
As I proceed with my first ever Top Bar Beehive build, I thought I would contribute to others contemplating the task for the first time by adding my opinions and thoughts.

What appears to be a simp ...
  Topic: Follower Boards ...holes
Craig Howard

Replies: 1
Views: 1590

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Jul 05, 2016 9:46 pm   Subject: Follower Boards ...holes
Currently I am building my first hive and have made a few spare parts as I do so. eg follower boards, top bars, comb guides...

I see photos of follower boards with and without holes.

Because ...
  Topic: Building a Top Bar Hive from the plans...measurements?
Craig Howard

Replies: 3
Views: 2108

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Jul 05, 2016 9:11 pm   Subject: Building a Top Bar Hive from the plans...measurements?
Thanx for confirming my "findings".

What I have done to measure the vertical height of the follower boards so they slightly extend below the 300mm side boards is a simple measuring jig. ...
  Topic: Building a Top Bar Hive from the plans...measurements?
Craig Howard

Replies: 3
Views: 2108

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sun Jul 03, 2016 9:30 pm   Subject: Building a Top Bar Hive from the plans...measurements?
As basis for my first TBH build I am using plans and instructions in the 'How to Build a Top Bar Hive - Barefoot Beekeeper'.

I am puzzled by some of the dimensions given!

The cutting list indica ...
 
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