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  1. #1
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    Default Mono wiring tips please

    Looking for ways to tie off mono and any other tricks. I am finger changed so I made a large needle out of copper wire. Just flatened one end and drilled eye. Much easier for me to string.

    Eyes worth it?
    4 yrs, Peak 14, back to zip, T lite; godfather to brother's 3.

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    Default Re: Mono wiring tips please

    I had a bad experience with mono for wiring frames , the bees chew through it and then tried to drag it out but the other end was still attached in side the hive , never again for me . It was probably because I used 10 LB test, I'd have used much heavier if I new this, I'm set up pretty good for stainless wire now and I don't have any worries and I can embed it to the foundation , some times the shortcuts aren't worth it but I know alot of folks that have good luck with it , to each his own , again !!!! Good luck
    Second Year 4 Hives T USDA Zone 5b

  3. #3
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    Default Re: Mono wiring tips please

    I use 30 LB mono line-wrap on end and staple, pull tight, wrap & staple. I do this on foundationless frames too.
    Last edited by Bees of SC; 12-22-2013 at 02:51 PM.

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    Default Re: Mono wiring tips please

    When I use mono (30lb+), I have a jig that squeeze the frame.. I thread it through the holes like you wire normally.. When get to the top/end... I pull out enough that I staple it, double over the staple and staple it again...

    Then I pull the mono tight, up over the frame and staple, then double over and staple again...

    Between me pulling it tight and the jig squeezing the frame tight. The mono comes out piano string tight...

    You could do it the same way, with wrapping around a nail and tapping it in.. I just found the staple to be as good and a little quicker...
    Solo for the last 4 Years, ~60 Hives, TF + Oils.
    http://tradingwebsites4bees.com

  5. #5
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    Default Re: Mono wiring tips please

    I do two lines per frame. I thread it through all holes, and tie it to itself. I you use heavy mono, you can pull it banjo tight with your hands. The knot will slip as you tighten it, which allows you to get it very tight with one yank. Then I stabilize the knot with a dab of Titebond. None have slipped on me.
    Ray--1 year, 7 hives, TF

  6. #6
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    Default Re: Mono wiring tips please

    I use the fatbeeman method with 12lb, cross on both sides, rap line around nail and nail it in to tie off. The bees won't raise brood in most cells where the line is located, to me straight comb is much more important.

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    Default Re: Mono wiring tips please

    My problem with mono was getting it tight enough.
    David

  8. #8
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    Default Re: Mono wiring tips please

    Try pulling the line snug and pinching it with needle nose pliers, and tie it off with a double half hitch knot?

  9. #9
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    Default Re: Mono wiring tips please

    How well do people find 1,2 or 3 lines on a deep works? X only? I have trouble hitting the hole even with the needle, fewer lines would help.
    4 yrs, Peak 14, back to zip, T lite; godfather to brother's 3.

  10. #10
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    Default Re: Mono wiring tips please

    You should use an even number of lines across since uneven numbers put a diagonal strain on the frame.

    I have used just two instead of four crossers on deeps but they can get some wows. The time and material saved is not worth the lack of support on some batches of foundation. Driving a small brad and wrapping a couple of turns of mono line on makes a good anchor and tie off. Knotting it too fiddly for my fingers.

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