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  1. #1
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    Default metal add-on frame rails

    Are they worth it or help much .

  2. #2
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    Default Re: metal ad on frame rails

    I don't use them.......but try them on a hive or two, you may like them. They're only nickels (or dimes).....
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  3. #3
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    Default Re: metal ad on frame rails

    I tried them. The bees propolis that area and then it is problematic (for me) to clean/scrape that area without damaging them. I also found moisture accumulated between it, and the wood. I removed them all.
    Rick

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    Default Re: metal ad on frame rails

    In my hives it gives small hive beetles a great place to hide from the bees... not good... If you do want to try them try on one side not both then frames are easier to pull...

    In my opinion this is a much better option... http://www.brushymountainbeefarm.com...oductinfo/660/ or http://www.brushymountainbeefarm.com...oductinfo/659/

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    Default Re: metal ad on frame rails

    Many folks have beetle problems with them. They looked neat for me at first and I used them on all my boxes. Then, when I began scraping used boxes they got in the way so I ripped them out. The best use I've found for them is when I cut the ends wrong and the lips of the boxes barely caught the frames. Putting on the metal frame supports added a smidgeon of extra surface....problem solved!
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  6. #6
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    Default Re: metal ad on frame rails

    I use them on my hives. Cleaning the ledges and sliding frames is a lot easier. We live in the wet and rain here and I have never had a problem with moisture. I have boxes that have had them since the mid 1980's. When I skipped using them I usually gouged the ledge trying to clean or prying against them to loosen the frames.

  7. #7
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    Default Re: metal ad on frame rails

    I wonder if there is a difference in the material they are made of. Mid 80s vs 2005 ? I used my hive tool to scrape. Caught the nails. (my fault) but I also snagged the metal and cut into it. Once the metal was deformed, it could not be put back tight. Most of my bees are heavy on the propolis.
    Rick

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    Default Re: metal ad on frame rails

    I would be worried about giving SHB a place to hide.

  9. #9
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    Default Re: metal ad on frame rails

    If you pound the nails in from the side with the box standing on end instead of down into the rabbit or shelf you wont have the problem of hooking them when scaping with a hive tool

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