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  1. #1
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    Default Making your own foundation supports(pins)?

    Hello

    Has anyone made their own foundation pins to support the foundations? I know there must be a REALLY easy to make 'something' in order to support the foundations other then buying the metal support pins.

    Reason asking is I need around 50 foundation supports, of some kind I can make, and do not want to spend $20.00 in gas to go pick up so few. Now do I want to spent the cost of shipping if ordering them...would cost three times the amount of the pins themselves!

    Any suggestions?

    thx

  2. #2
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    Use the wifes Bobby pins..........

  3. #3
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    Smile Making your own foundation supports(pins)?

    I have used cotter pins.
    Ernie Lucas Apiaries
    Ernie
    My websitehttp://bees4u.com/

  4. #4
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    Use twigs. They are free and are organic.
    Home of the ventilated and sting resistant Ultra Breeze bee suits and jackets
    http://www.honeymoonapiaries.com

  5. #5
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    Bobby (hair) Pins.

    Wal-Mart style, although K-mart brand "MAY" work also.



    DS

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    I used "bobby" pins for hair. Dollar General has about 100 for $1 (but it was some time ago. I bought a bunch of them at the time so I would not run out).

    Grant
    Jackson, MO
    Beekeeping With Twenty-five Hives: https://www.createspace.com/4152725

  7. #7
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    Default bifurcated rivets, split rivets

    Those things must be a bee keeping secret. Meaning I have yet to find a manufacturer, manufacturer rep, or other wholesale source for them. I swear to high heaven we have searched the internet and other sources looking for bifurcated rivets a.k.a. split rivets, their proper term with the needed dimensions. I have yet to find them from a supplier I've questioned, yet these things have been used for umpteen years in the bee industry.

    My guess they were originally found from a leather harness or other leather good worker shop and Mr. Dadant or Langstroth or another bee pioneer found them useful for supporting foundation. So, a wholesale or direct source is still a mystery. By the way, I have a brother who owns a hardware store and we were sure one of the suppliers could come up with them, but not in the dimensions we wanted. So, either I use something else or pay full retail and I just don't like to do that if I don't have to.

  8. #8
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    Yea, same holds true for #5 hardware cloth. Would like to buy about 3' long piece.

  9. #9
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    Generations have used bobby pins. They are cheap and they work. Nothing beats a good wiring though for support.
    Lawrence Underwood / Mobile, Alabama http://mollysueshoney.blogspot.com

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    AND...

    The next time you extract from well-seasoned comb or are just looking at some brood comb, use your hive tool to pull out the ones you've already used. Once the comb is seasoned, they aren't needed.
    WayaCoyote

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