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wee willy
24-05-2018, 02:52 PM
Could anyone steer me to plans for the Darlington inspire under floor entrance please


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fatshark
24-05-2018, 04:32 PM
Dartington!

The original design (or at least the first I'm aware of is from Graham White of Edinburgh BKA ... diagrams (https://www.edinburghbeekeepers.org.uk/downloads/diy_open_mesh_floor-graham-white.pdf), not plans) or you could try here (http://theapiarist.org/kewl-floor/) (plans) and here (http://theapiarist.org/even-kewler-floors/) (improvements)

wee willy
24-05-2018, 05:27 PM
Dartington!

The original design (or at least the first I'm aware of is from Graham White of Edinburgh BKA ... diagrams (https://www.edinburghbeekeepers.org.uk/downloads/diy_open_mesh_floor-graham-white.pdf), not plans) or you could try here (http://theapiarist.org/kewl-floor/) (plans) and here (http://theapiarist.org/even-kewler-floors/) (improvements)

Cheers for that . Iíve run out of floors and couldnít for the life of me find the original diagram .
Mine are modified by the addition of a 1/4Ē plinth all round to give more room under the frames , one bee space isnít sufficient in my experience .


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fatshark
24-05-2018, 05:42 PM
Yes, mine also have a 20mm surround which don't result in any brace comb.
I much prefer a 9mm high entrance as well - easier to block with a simple L-shaped piece of wood (http://theapiarist.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/20150925-80-38.jpg) which can be screwed in place for transport.

wee willy
24-05-2018, 06:29 PM
Yes, mine also have a 20mm surround which don't result in any brace comb.
I much prefer a 9mm high entrance as well - easier to block with a simple L-shaped piece of wood (http://theapiarist.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/20150925-80-38.jpg) which can be screwed in place for transport.

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180524/f01b4a37cc0bce3e74c5679589d2165f.jpg doesnít show the depth but free movement is the object. Like wise, no problems with burr comb !



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Adam
25-05-2018, 09:35 AM
I find the entrance block of a National rather an inadequate design as a way of sealing up a hive before transportation - the dimension of the wood has to be exact - and it never seems to be that's if you can find one. And if the brood box was to move, then the block might well fall out - so I usually finish up taping the entrance up with gaffa tape instead. the kewl floor design means that the strip of wood to seal it up does not have to be an exact fit - it can be a bit sloppy - provided there is a way of holding it in place. Maybe a brass or stainless steel piano hinge could be used along the width of the entrance so the wood is never lost? And then the opened up entrance could act as a landing board?