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Curse of the handy
January 24, 2011
Being an Engineer, my job is to solve problems. But it's not just a job it's a way of life. I friend of mine asked me to help build a “bee vacuum”. He is an amateur beekeeper and occasionally is asked to go move a bee swarm. They make vacuums for professional beekeepers that will gently suck the bees into a professional bee box. Amateur boxes are a different size and they don’t sell anything like that. I helped figure out the airflow requirements and figured it could be done with a vacuum hose, a modified bee box, and a standard home vacuum. We even used packing peanuts to serve as bees as we tested the system. (NO BEES WERE HARMED IN THE DESIGN OF THIS SYSTEM)
He told me one morning he got a call about a swarm that needed moving and he would do so after work. The next day I asked him how it went. He told me that when he collected up is equipment his wife told him that under no circumstances would he be allowed to use HER vacuum hose. So he stopped on the way out at Sears and bought a 10ft shop vac hose. He told me that what he didn’t realize was that the instruction sheet was neatly rolled up inside the hose. When the bees came through the hose they met this knife-edge and all promptly separated into bee pieces. (Apparently bees easily separate into three pieces.) He said that when he finished sucking up the swarm he went to check the box and found a big pile of bee pieces. He said he was so disgusted that when he got home he threw the whole mess into his burn pile.
His wife says I’m not allowed to help him anymore.