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March 25, 2012

Building a nuc at Hayseed’s

Filed under: beekeeping,learning — npd @ 11:04 am

building a nucleus hive for Hayseed’s Whenever I have to break out even the simplest of tools, I feel like I’m in over my head. Whether it’s racking servers, fixing a loose bicycle wheel, or build a compost bin, I start to wonder if there are skills that I just never picked up from my father (if he even had them). It’s a frustrating situation- I need to drill 5 holes, evenly spaced, on each side of 4 boards, and I can’t even remember how to calculate the distance between each hole. I take shortcuts and as a result, things end up kind of sloppy. In the end, all the pieces fit together and I’m sure this will be a perfectly adequate demo unit for the shop.

This nucleus hive (used for transporting or capturing swarms, splitting a hive off to a friend, etc) took about 90 minutes to assemble. Someone better endowed than I could have done it in 60, I suspect. I learned a few important things here: even being able to follow along with the build diagram felt like a success. Oof. I have got a lot of work to do!

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