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    Hi Fatshark
    I sympathise with the equipment shortage
    I'm ok for boxes but same as yourself its floors and roofs ,crown boards etc that are in short supply
    I'm going to have to make some replacement stuff this year
    Lots of old toot getting pressed into service
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    Default Poly hive musings.

    Of course, the other shortage I have is a "space shortage for places to hide stuff from the wife during the quiet parts of the season" ... Even now in mid-season I have a stack of ekes, clearers, Horsley boards, travel screens, QEs, split floors, unventilated floors, crown boards, experimental high entrances, hideous springy zinc QEs which I refuse to use and am slowly turning into sides for frame feeders etc etc., reaching to shoulder height. Imagine what it's like when the supers are returned, the colonies get united releasing roofs and brood boxes and even some stands reappear.

    What? These? I've had them for ages ...

    Yes, I'll try and stack them a bit better ...

    No, they don't do flat pack brood boxes ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by fatshark View Post
    ....hideous springy zinc QEs which I refuse to use and am slowly turning into sides for frame feeders etc
    ? I already feel the regret for asking this ....but do they not leak?

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    No finer sight than a correx roof.
    Last for years. Might even paint them some time.

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    Blends in perfectly on an allotment, behind a shed in a back garden, or beside a municipal recycling centre. Equally at home in an apiary for blind beekeepers. Useful for reducing the likelihood of equipment theft. There is almost no limit to their advantages.

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    Do you use correx for dummy boards? That might be my next venture in correx beekeeping after a few years of happy use of the correx sheets Thornes supply with their mesh floors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gavin View Post
    Do you use correx for dummy boards?
    I made quite a few dummy boards with correx this spring, but I do worry a bit that all those tiny tunnels might become disease traps. What do you think?
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    In theory, yes. They certainly accumulate dirt (and sometimes grow green algae) inside them when used for floor inserts. However I'm sure that the bees can cope with most of the stuff likely to accumulate there, unless you have an outbreak of foulbrood. I have wondered about running a bead of silicone sealant along the cut edges the next time I use a piece of correx but I doubt that I'll ever be organised enough to have sealant, correx and time all in the same place.

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    Use tape as well.

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    Default Poly hive musings.

    I've built a fine set of Correx fat dummies for my Ben Harden setup. Only took about 1.6 miles of Duck tape to seal them up securely. They work a treat.

    If you leave the ends unsealed they'll act as small hive beetle traps!

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