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« Reply #20 on: October 06, 2010, 02:57:28 PM »

I just thought about this.   Then installing starter strips, why glue them in with wax?   Will not wood glue work?   Bees will work the strip just as well and to glue them in with glue rather than wax would be much easier.  Something else to ponder on.
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« Reply #21 on: October 06, 2010, 05:03:01 PM »

On Michael Bush website he says that there is no point, bees will do the wax to wood bond better than you can can by melting it.
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« Reply #22 on: October 06, 2010, 05:44:29 PM »

i have lots of wax, so it's cheaper for me. 
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« Reply #23 on: October 06, 2010, 06:15:19 PM »

It may be cheaper for you, but is it easier?  If you compare cooking (microwaving) the wax to just popping the top of the glue?   And most of the time the glue is already out from gluing frames.
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« Reply #24 on: October 06, 2010, 06:18:56 PM »

time i have.  it also sets more quickly.  i'm sure glue would be fine, or not using anything if you can get it in tightly enough. 
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« Reply #25 on: October 06, 2010, 07:54:13 PM »

If I use wedge tops I use nails if I use grooved tops I use a wax tube fastener


          http://beekeeperlinda.blogspot.com/2007/04/how-to-use-wax-tube-fastener_26.html


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« Reply #26 on: October 22, 2010, 11:00:29 PM »


When you put foundation into frame, cut a10 mm gap between bottom bar and foundation If the gap is too narrow, foundation makes a curve when it enlarges in the heat of the hive

It is good to makes a bigger gap for drones If bees have nt free space for drone cells, they make them here and there If they have certain places, the other  frames will be more tidy.
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« Reply #27 on: October 23, 2010, 03:48:22 AM »

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« Reply #28 on: October 24, 2010, 04:49:10 AM »

I use the same trick as Kathy P for the foundations -  when I harvest the honey, I leave about 3/4" of "foundation" on the top (I cut the wax out) and if I have the whole super in the house I scrape the cells on the part I left attached.
I do the same for the brood foundation.
It seems to work well enough - they just build it how you've asked them to with a few exceptions.
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