"tape method" of reattaching comb to topbars in TBH
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    Default "tape method" of reattaching comb to topbars in TBH

    I finally took some photos as I was re-attaching some comb today to topbars and I thought you might find it helpful. There are many different ways to re-attach comb, but this one is my favorite for empty comb or light weight brood comb. Doesn't work real good with honey comb due to the weight and the bees just don't seem to jump right on those to fix the break.

    Step 1. Cut the comb even across the top. Very important that it is pushed flat up against the topbar with no gap (so the bees will rapidly glue it back)
    Step 2. Lay out strips of masking tape or painters tape to go completely around the comb and over the topbar
    Step 3. Set the comb in position and wrap the tape up and over the comb (ending on the tops of the topbars)
    Step 4. Position the comb inside the brood nest for rapid repair.

    The bees will chew away the tape and drag it out. For heavier comb, it helps to "end" the tape wrap where the sides of the bar are pushed against another bar so it keeps it from slipping. I have also used skinny duct tape for honey comb repairs as it takes the bees longer to chew that away.

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    Default Re: "tape method" of reattaching comb to topbars in TBH

    Thanks for the pics!
    Exactly what I meant as well.
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    Default Re: "tape method" of reattaching comb to topbars in TBH

    Thanks for the pictures Ruth!

    It looks like you also cut the comb across the bottom with some of the combs? That answers a question I have had about getting tape around most of the comb I have, which is very pointy at the bottom.

    Quote Originally Posted by ruthiesbees View Post
    I finally took some photos as I was re-attaching some comb today to topbars and I thought you might find it helpful. There are many different ways to re-attach comb, but this one is my favorite for empty comb or light weight brood comb. Doesn't work real good with honey comb due to the weight and the bees just don't seem to jump right on those to fix the break.

    Step 1. Cut the comb even across the top. Very important that it is pushed flat up against the topbar with no gap (so the bees will rapidly glue it back)
    Step 2. Lay out strips of masking tape or painters tape to go completely around the comb and over the topbar
    Step 3. Set the comb in position and wrap the tape up and over the comb (ending on the tops of the topbars)
    Step 4. Position the comb inside the brood nest for rapid repair.

    The bees will chew away the tape and drag it out. For heavier comb, it helps to "end" the tape wrap where the sides of the bar are pushed against another bar so it keeps it from slipping. I have also used skinny duct tape for honey comb repairs as it takes the bees longer to chew that away.

    IMG_20180505_091900386_HDR.jpg

    IMG_20180505_091939627_HDR.jpg

    IMG_20180505_092144496.jpg
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    Default Re: "tape method" of reattaching comb to topbars in TBH

    Quote Originally Posted by Yunzow View Post
    Thanks for the pictures Ruth!

    It looks like you also cut the comb across the bottom with some of the combs? That answers a question I have had about getting tape around most of the comb I have, which is very pointy at the bottom.
    The last picture that shows the "non-taped" comb that is cut along the bottom, was the donor comb for the ones on the left side of that photo. I didn't intentionally cut along the bottom just to make it square, but there is no reason that you can't if necessary. For pointy comb, I usually just use one sling.

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    Default Re: "tape method" of reattaching comb to topbars in TBH

    Thanks for the tip, Ruth.

    I am building an acquarium observation hive (thanks to inspiration from Pat Beek), and am going to be using top bars made from Home Depot paint stirrers as the top bars. I have several bars in my Langtroth hive (cut to 19 inches), and one of them is fully drawn out. Otherwise I have no experience with top bar.

    Phil

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