Nylon Screen

Congratulations.  You just wasted 15 dollars more (you are only getting $200 for this, by the way).  The nylon does not hold up, flopping closed before you ever even apply the glue to it.  Worse, because you cut it to try it out, you can’t even return it to Home Depot.  Would you like toContinue reading “Nylon Screen”

A New Day

It is a bright, new day, and you have it all figured out. Overnight, you worried the idea over and over.  And finally decided on a course of action.  You are going to swap out your ShopVac for the one your wife has.  Hers is more powerful, and won’t lose suction so easily.  You haveContinue reading “A New Day”

Aluminum Screen

OK, you have decided to go with an aluminum screen cone.  Good call.  Aluminum screen is hardy, weather resistant, and a little bit pokey – so you can keep the bees from reentering.  So now you are off to the local hardware store to buy an $8 roll – the smallest available – of aluminumContinue reading “Aluminum Screen”

Back to the Drawing Board

Sometimes, it is best to just take a beat, and read, and think, and plan a little more.  Sure, there is a time for action, but sometimes, you gain insight by putting the chutzpah on hold and plotting things through a little better. The books talk a lot about trap-outs, and how they work.  Essentially,Continue reading “Back to the Drawing Board”

Sweet, Sweet Success

Honeycomb, ready for crush and strain Last week, I posted the results of the honeybee removal from the previous Saturday, and was pretty proud of how it had gone (you should read it, if you have not already).  In what was an extremely long day of work on a 24-foot ladder, Shannen and I: OpenedContinue reading “Sweet, Sweet Success”

Don’t Look – Long Way Down

I extended my 20′ ladder to its full length, and placed it against the front wall of Mr. Stephen Edmonson’s house.  I clambered up, I stood on the top available rung, and still fell about four feet short of being able to peer into the hive. This beehive removal was going to be tricky. StephenContinue reading “Don’t Look – Long Way Down”

Removals (x2)

“I am reading through this contract, and the way I read it, you will not replace the work that you tear out.  Am I reading that right?” It is a fair question.  A fair thing to ask.  Mr. Victor Robinson has a tenant who was looking to have bees removed from his back porch, andContinue reading “Removals (x2)”

Feeling Stabby

Some days, it is simply hard to focus. Those are the days to avoid working with the bees. Yesterday, the smoke wasn’t coming out right – I was alternating between dragonfire and snuffed candlesmoke. I was pushing to get done before dark. I was rushing through steps and feeling awkward.  And I was dealing withContinue reading “Feeling Stabby”

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