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  1. #1
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    Default cross wiring frames

    Hi.. getting ready to assemble my deep frames. Should I be crosswiring the foundation in?

  2. #2
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    Brasher Falls, NY, USA
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    Default Re: cross wiring frames

    What kind of foundation are you using? What size frames? Does your foundation have crimped wires running up and down?
    Mark Berninghausen #youmatter

  3. #3
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    Default Re: cross wiring frames

    If you have plain foundation, definitely cross-wire, otherwise you run the risk of it slumping badly on a hot day before the bees get it drawn.

    I crosswire everything, I really dislike bowed or badly warped comb. The bees get creative enough without the foundation going crazy too.

    Even crimped wire foundation will bow (and all in the same direction) because the wires were shipped on a spool and retain some of their curve. Looks OK in the box, but when it gets warm, boing!

    Suit yourself. Old brood comb, once it's been in there a couple of years, certainly does not need extra wire support, but fresh comb you intend to extract benefits. It is a fiddly job, and the thought of doing thousands of frames might put me right off it, but I think it's a good idea.

    Peter

  4. #4
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    Default Re: cross wiring frames

    do it now ! hard to do it after .
    thats the way i roll.

  5. #5
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    Default Re: cross wiring frames

    Yes, cross them in while you still have the time. This will build
    some security into them when they are drawn out.

  6. #6
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    Dec 2012
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    Shelbyville,Indiana,USA
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    Default Re: cross wiring frames

    I cross them, but with 30 lb test fishing line instead of wire. easier to cut through if you need to.

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