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Sour Kraut
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« on: July 16, 2013, 10:30:35 AM »

Have two cut-outs to do, so decided to spend the $$ and do it right

This may sound dumb, but.....

What size rubber bands to hold the combs in the frames ?

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« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2013, 11:24:47 AM »

Rubber bands work, I have used waxed dental floss with good results. When the bees repair the comb, I can cut the floss and easily slide it out.  -Mike

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« Reply #2 on: July 16, 2013, 12:13:59 PM »

I like rubber bands that are just long enough and heavy enough to hold the comb for a day or 2. When I started, I had some real heavy ones. !/2" wide. problems is that the bees have to cut them out of the hive. Takes them a while. They also have to remove them from the hive. Kind of tough with the big ones. Now I use 1/8" thick, 2" diameter bands. They are big enough to fit on my medium and deep frames and the bees can easily handle them.
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« Reply #3 on: July 16, 2013, 02:07:20 PM »

okay a question just for me

my wife does a mail route and all mail people rubber band your mail before they put it in the box.

My wife uses # 19 rubber band yes they have numbers those are nice they strech really long but you have to use 2 at a time over a deep for the comb to stay in but they strech the whole 19 inchs over a frame long ways you never see anyone do that but it keeps really staight comb.

Right now I am using # 33 rubber bands they are strong enough to use only one over the 9 inch length on a deep frame but still strech enough to use over the 19 inch full length so I am using 33 right now and if there was something between 19 and 33 I would try it but that was the options at the office depot

using medium frames and you might find a completely different size to use

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