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My first TBH, just finished today!

 
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JamesW
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PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2015 11:13 am    Post subject: My first TBH, just finished today! Reply with quote

Here is my first THB, just finished (apart from a lick of paint on the roof)

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It is made of larch planks for the body and reclaimed oak pallet bits for the rest (roof slats and legs). Inside, the top bars are made from old single bed lats as they are good straight, uniform pieces.





I have scorched the inside then rubbed down with beeswax and lemon balm in the hope of attracting a swarm. If anyone has any tips on that please let me know!



Thanks for taking a look.
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AugustC
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PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2015 12:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice reminds me of my first hive which was made from scaffold planks and the top bars made from bed slats.

Is there any reason why the mesh doesn't meet the end of the hive? It also looks to be very coarse mesh. If this is to hold an eco floor it is a little shallow, and if this is to act as a mesh bottom it needs to meet the edge and only have 2-3mm holes.
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JamesW
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PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2015 4:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's all in the perspective, the mesh does run to the end of the hive. It is an eco-floor, the depth is 80mm or there abouts. I think that will be enough to hold leaf litter/forest compost, no?
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trekmate
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PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2015 8:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It may hold the litter, but it will dry out and not support much in the way of life that is the principle behind it. Simplest fix would be line the mesh with something like pond liner with a few small holes in it to stop it getting too wet.
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JamesW
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PostPosted: Sat May 16, 2015 7:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

trekmate, thanks for the advice. Really appreciated! I think I have just the stuff somewhere around here...
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