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 BioPod Plus Tips and Tweaks 
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Post BioPod Plus Tips and Tweaks
I don't take any responsibility for damage you may cause to your BioPod or to yourself in trying the modifications illustrated on this page. I have not tested all of these modifications in operation, so I cannot promise that they will not adversely effect the performance of the unit. (the legal department made me say that) (as if we have a legal department :))

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Main lid modification

As shipped, the BioPod Plus main lid will not open far enough to stay up, in the open position. You may access the inside of the unit via the convenience lid, but some people, including myself, enjoy observing the colony with the main lid open. This can be accomplished by removing some material from the rear edge of the lid which normally contacts the body of the unit and prevents the lid from opening further. In the photos below I removed a little less than ½ inch/13mm which resulted in the lid stopping at about 35º past vertical. This seems to be working well, but I wouldn't recommend removing more material, and removing a little less might be more desirable.

The procedure is fairly simple but please use caution when using sharp tools. I simply drew a line on the lid a consistent distance from the body as pictured below, and carefully cut it away. It's very easy to slip when cutting plastics like this. To avoid that, always use light pressure and make several passes to get all of the way through the material. Don't rush it. The best result will come from using very little force.
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Securing the harvest bucket

This modification might be useful if your BioPod is in an area accessible by dogs or wild animals like raccoons. All you need to do is to mount a bolt to the body of the BioPod and drill two more holes in the harvest bucket so that the bolt passes though. A wing nut holds the bucket in place. The bolt needs to be high on the wall of the main body, about 1 inch (2.5cm) below where the wall curves toward the harvest slot, because that’s were the gap between the body and harvest bucket is narrowest. You can see in the photos where I first tried mounting it lower but had to patch it. Neoprene washers were used to mount the bolt because I think the pressure might help keep it tight over time. You could also do that with metal washers and a drop of Loctite on the nut. I used a 1/4 inch X 5 inch galvanized hex bolt, but 4 inches would have been long enough. I used a long 1/4″ drill bit and held the bucket in place while drilling all three holes, the one in the body and the two in the bucket. The holes in the bucket were widened a little to make replacing the bucket after emptying it a little easier. Holding the harvest bucket in position while drilling through it and the BioPod body is tricky so it's best to have someone help you.

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Wed May 01, 2013 10:37 am
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Post Re: BioPod Plus Tips and Tweaks
Bungees work well too... :)

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Mon May 06, 2013 12:55 pm
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slpalko wrote:
Bungees work well too... :)


I love bungee cords, but I couldn't see a simple way of attaching them. I guess you would need to install some eye bolts?

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Here is a tip for anyone who wants to avoid finding larvae trapped in the drain tube.

I simply bought a tube long enough to loop back into the convenience lid and installed it on the fitting provided with the BioPod. With this modification larvae that exit via the drain hole can escape back into the unit. This is possible since they can climb a vertical surface when wet, as it would be in the drain tube.
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