Ok, I removed my first hive from a wall of an old house last year.
What I discovered I needed was a way to put the comb into a frame.
The only way known to me at the time was to load the empty frame with rubber bands then take the cut comb put in the frame and then slide the rubber bands over the comb to hold it in place.
It works great if you have 3 arms! When I'm by myself this was very difficult. So I started thinking.
How can I put comb into a frame with ONE hand.
Here is what I came up with. A bit of work but I think it will work nicely. I am making several of them for the next job I have at removing a hive from a wall. I'll report how it works.
For now here are some pics of what my invention is.
Take a normal frame and split it in two LONG ways. This is best done with a jigsaw and while the frame is APART.
The pic you see is assembled.
After much fiddling around and many attempts at what to do.
I finally came up with the idea of taking part of a plastic 1" square fenceing and cutting out 'strips' to staple in place on the outside. These strips may be later substitued for wire, but right now I'm in the design and testing mode.
The 'fencing' or strands take the place of the old rubber bands to hold the new comb in place.
Here is a pic of them stapled in place. Stapling them in place while going around the OUTSIDE of the frame is the idea.
A closer look. Notice these are NEW frames and the edge bar that is used to hold the foundation in place has not even been removed.
Now here is where the Genius comes into play. (If I may say so.. )
set the frame into the super, open as you see in this pic.
NOW you cut your comb out of the wall hive to the right size.
Use two hands to gently place it into the frame, and close it.
Your comb now has the strands from both sides of the frame wrapped around it holding it in place and and you have it in the frame AND in the super. On to the next one!
What do you think?