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    Default Securing Foundation to Frame

    Im looking for a Heating Tool that melts wire into foundation. Totally new to bee keeping, but I have and
    Ole friend that is teaching me. And he prefers me to use a melting tool as he does to secure the wire to
    the wax foundation. Im using wedge top bar and grooved bottom bar med. frames.
    Thanks
    Ronmat

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    Mike Forbes
    Red Dirt Apiaries

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    A weak 12 volt car battery works good. Mine is work into my wiring jig. Light swtich turn it on alligator clamp in the right places
    David

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    Default Re: Securing Foundation to Frame

    A charger might limit the amperage and some can be set for 6 volts.
    Brian Cardinal
    Zone 5a, Practicing non-intervention beekeeping

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    BeeCurious
    Trying to think inside the box...

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    Default Re: Securing Foundation to Frame

    Quote Originally Posted by BeeCurious View Post
    This is the greatest site I have seen, thanks for all the helpful information
    One more question, he also uses a small brass bushing to go into the
    Side bar which keeps the wire from cutting into the side
    Frame, where can I get this brass bushing.
    Again thanks for all the help folks
    Ronmat

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    Default Re: Securing Foundation to Frame

    Welcome to Beesource!

    Quote Originally Posted by Ronmat View Post
    ... where can I get this brass bushing.
    Those eyelets are available at most bee supply companies. Here's the one at Brushy Mountain:
    http://www.brushymountainbeefarm.com...oductinfo/698/
    Graham
    -- The real problem is not precise language, it's clear language. - Richard Feynman

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    Default Re: Securing Foundation to Frame

    Quote Originally Posted by Rader Sidetrack View Post
    Those eyelets are available at most bee supply companies.
    Eyelets are used on footwear, too. Shoelaces are threaded through eyelets. What is the name of the little hard thing on the end of a shoelace that is threaded through an eyelet?

    Trivial Pursuit

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    Default Re: Securing Foundation to Frame

    Quote Originally Posted by Ronmat View Post
    Frame, where can I get this brass bushing.
    Another technique is to staple next to the hole on the outside so the wire cannot cut into the wood when it is strung to the next hole.
    Brian Cardinal
    Zone 5a, Practicing non-intervention beekeeping

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    Default Re: Securing Foundation to Frame

    Quote Originally Posted by Acebird View Post
    Another technique is to staple next to the hole on the outside so the wire cannot cut into the wood when it is strung to the next hole.
    Who does that?

    You, or they must be capable of precision stapling...

    I use eyelets and a stapler. I run the wire through the endbars and then twist the end of the wire around the "standing part" (the spool side). I then give the frame a spin while holding the wires to tighten them. I snip off the wire, bend the twisted wire against the end bar (vertically) and then shoot two staples across the wire to secure it. I then use a wire crimper to make the wire sing...

    I think it's pretty fast.
    BeeCurious
    Trying to think inside the box...

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