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  Topic: Gaps
RuthK

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon May 16, 2016 11:50 am   Subject: Gaps
Thanks for the suggestions! Glad to hear I'm not the only one who's had this problem. The worst bit of the not-fitting-ness is the gap where the followers stick up above the rest of the bars. I think ...
  Topic: Gaps
RuthK

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun May 15, 2016 7:04 pm   Subject: Gaps
Hi, can anyone help? The sides of my hTBH have warped a bit since last year, and now the follower boards don't fit as well as I think they need to; their top bars are now a little proud of the sides i ...
  Topic: Help/advice needed asap
RuthK

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon May 09, 2016 10:23 am   Subject: Help/advice needed asap
OK, thanks, both of you, for your advice.

I do see what you mean, Barbara, about the bees seeing the nuc box and hive as different spaces.

I haven't collected the nuc yet, but am expecting a ...
  Topic: Help/advice needed asap
RuthK

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun May 08, 2016 2:33 pm   Subject: Help/advice needed asap
I'm only in my second (partial) year of beekeeping, having lost my little colony to wasps last year. I'm about to receive an overwintered nuc on standard frames and I'm in a quandary about how best t ...
  Topic: hive bottoms
RuthK

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed May 04, 2016 4:00 pm   Subject: hive bottoms
I made an eco floor for my first hive, with 'forest floor' material on a mesh base; but I had a couple of problems which led to the loss of the colony.

First, a lot of black mould appeared on the ...
  Topic: New experimental arched top bar design
RuthK

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PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Wed Jun 25, 2014 11:17 pm   Subject: New experimental arched top bar design
Thanks, Phil! That sounds a sensible idea and do-able even for me.
  Topic: New experimental arched top bar design
RuthK

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PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Wed Jun 25, 2014 10:56 pm   Subject: Followers - clarification please Phil!
Okay, so I'm building my TBH with barn-roof top bars.

The follower boards need to be cut to the same profile, clearly, but my question is, how are barn-roof followers supported in the absence of ...
  Topic: New experimental arched top bar design
RuthK

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PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Wed Jun 11, 2014 4:35 pm   Subject: Spacers
Pardon my higgorance, but when you make spacers for the barn-roof style top bars, I presume they have to be the same profile?
 
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