I am sure there are many ways of doing hive woodenware maintenance for tops and bottoms, supers, frames, foundation, inner covers, division boards, etc
I hope everyone wants to post their favorite way and exchange ideas for all to read...
To start I am going to talk about embeding foundation, but I could have started with making the frames or repairing the frames.
Of course, following this, I probably need to discuss maintenance on the super the frames go in. The start of a vicious circle for work never stops. Maintenance is a continuous process.
When I get done making and sizing the foundation for our frames I then start
wiring. I like to use 5 horizontal wires in our deeps. We use two eight tanginal extractors in tandem and find no blow out problems using 5 wires, but we also gear to 200 rpm also for slinging out our desert honeys.
I also like to wrap and tie it the old way without nails so I don't slam myfingers for faster speed, doing an under and over, wrap and tie, on opposite ends.
Then I take an austrailian wire crimper (I think they make the bestin the world - all alumunim, with hardened steel gears that don't wear out)and crimp my wires to tighten and spring load tension. It also helps to makethe wire take current slower so when I hook up and attach my elect clips on the wraps I can embed all five wires at the same time for speed.
To keep the wire from digging into the wooden frame I use a handgun stapler(could use electric stapler) and shoot 3/8 staples just below or above the holes the wire will be going through rather than eyelets. I like
the faster speed.
To embed I use an old flatiron imbedder with clips (could use a good battery charger in place). I use a toggle on/off switch for speed also rather than on/off button.All I do is hit the current for 2-3 seconds and let the foundation sink onto the crimped wires.
With wrap and tie continuous wiring I figure It's good for averaging embedding 8-10 supers an hour for our 5-wire system. I figure we also average 6 sheets to lb on our wax made for sinking the wire in.
Further comments.......How do you do things?
Dee A. Lusby