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P K Tan

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  1. 23 minutes ago, cBank said:

    I just got the below, I wonder why they publicise it ahead of time: 

     

    Aerial Surveillance


    This email is to inform you that aerial surveillance to detect the presence of unregistered apiaries will be undertaken in Northland in the next 48 hours as part of an ongoing commitment by the Management Agency to ensure that apiaries are registered.

    Registration of apiaries is a very important aspect of the AFB control program as it provides the Management Agency with a thorough understanding of where AFB could be and enables us to effectively prioritise and plan inspection activities.

    Registration of apiaries also provides beekeepers with phone text alerts of AFB cases in neighbouring apiaries so that you can prioritise your affected apiaries for additional inspections.

    Registration of apiaries is a mandatory requirement for exporting honey to the high value “official assurance” countries.

    Thank-you for your cooperation,
     

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    National Compliance Manager

    Easier to spot and confirm when there are activities around hives due to early warning?

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  2. Whether you were going diving was my next question :)

    Yes scuba tommorrow for 3000 baht/person. Only time we enjoy getting in sea water is in the tropics. We bring our own prescription goggles. Getting sun burn with a few days of snokelling already.

  3. This is not so much of an assembly jig, but you could probably guess what these are! The hard parts done, just have to watch the fingers on the next bit.

    A mixture of pine and Mac.

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    Where's the video getting to that stage.

  4. @P K Tan do you find the steam genny up to the job I been thinking about using steam rather than heat lamps in my old chest freezer to melt wax

    1 steamer suitable for 2 FD. Tried 2 steamer for 2 FD and 2 × 3/4 But trip the circuit breaker while i was doing something else. Reconfigured to another circuit. Will try again tomorrow.

  5. Get an old 9kg gas bottle, screw a fitting in the top and hook a hose into your steam chest... chuck a gas ring under the bottle (fill the bottle of water too) and you have more steam than you could ever need.... (plus if it runs dry it will not kill it)

    Not economical for me to pay for gas when i have free power. However some can have fixed gas payment and use as much as they like. That would be an option.

    Adding electric elements to the 9kg might be an option for me.:)

  6. @P K Tan do you find the steam genny up to the job I been thinking about using steam rather than heat lamps in my old chest freezer to melt wax

    Better to use the chest freezer with an electric blanket for warming up crystallize honey. I think steam is a better option than dry heat. The steam will rise to the top and force the air (insulator) down. That steam rig was thought of and made up in an hr as a test with what i had available. I was pleasantly suprised at the outcome from 1 free hr of power from cold. Had to top up the steamer with boiling water from a jug as i was not sure of the minimum water level. It was easy to get rid of the softened cocoon and pollen capsules. There were pool of wax on top of frames of the bottom box. Done another two box today but have not look into it yet. I will attempt a higher stack with 2 or 3 steamer(6.9Kw) to see if it can be done in an hr.

    I have a chest freezer that had stopped working to kill wax moth. Still full of frames. Did think about using it. But the hassle of bending over to clean the mess was not appealing. However will consider putting it on its side for easier access and modify it to include condensate drain, strainer rack etc. Use the space where the compressor was for the boiler.

    I have somewhere an electrode boiler that came from a commercial coffee machine. Might repurpose that at some stage. Have also thought of using an old oven on fan bake but probably 10 frames at a time.

  7. More use of my free power. First time doing it this way. Oven warming drawer at the bottom. Oven baking dish inside. Timber and propolis mat as strainer. Hook up wall paper steamer. Cover with plastic so condensate goes into floor drain.

     

     

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  8. The list of truely good things that are paid for out of our taxes is very very long. The only one tiny thing that's wrong is

    the seemingly universal belief that more and more immigrants flooding in is somehow going to increase my quality of life.

    At what point, generation, year, date do you classify them as immigrants. The Moriori to the Maori, the European to the Maori, the Chinese, Pacific ......

    Check out some health-care facilities and see who is looking after the "discarded " folks as it's no longer suitable for their children to have them as part of the family. For some, their quality of life has improved including the agricultural sector engaging migrant workers and enjoying the profit base on cheaper willing labour.

  9. why do you think immigrants don't go on benefits?

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    It does depends on the type of immigrants. I know of some war related refugees who has done very well for their family. Their community support each other. Some have real pride in themselves ensuring their next generation has a better life. Started businesses and have a drive to do better. There are those that do take advantage what has been offered and enjoy the new Kiwi life style of social welfare. They have a lot of stuff given to them with HNZ houses. Lots of support. No different to lots of Kiwi who do well and some are just like drones.

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  10. @Shaun what age is really old?

    Going by your statement it's a good thing the "fatties" die young that way they don't burden the taxpayers by paying the pension for as long as the " skinny widows" :P

    I thought he meant that the skinny ones started off having the reserve and managed to live longer while using it up.

  11. The list of truely good things that are paid for out of our taxes is very very long. The only one tiny thing that's wrong is

    the seemingly universal belief that more and more immigrants flooding in is somehow going to increase my quality of life.

    The non benefit collecting, hard working immigrants will be paying for our pension.

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  12. @Kiwifruiter " Hives are a little light on stores so will prob make up some candy boards to throw around to give the bees some extra stores over winter and be ready come spring to throw some serious sugar syrup around. I would rather not feed heavily in spring but needs must."

    Reply: like this on my phone.

  13. Being busy using as much free power as i can melting wax.

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    Since joining a power company for 29 days I am paying for 358 KWh ($0.27 /KWh $0.34/day inc gst) and using 422 KWh free power. I have set up 5 wifi switch capable of handling 3KW each with timer and power consumption monitors. Awaiting delivery of more wifi switches. DIY home automation.

    Next project to use more free power is either a converted oven to melt the wax on frames or a steam chest to do stack of boxes.

    Anyone wanting free power, PM me your email and will send a link.

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