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Can this only be done with all wax foundation?
I have Duragilt in mine.. can I still do this or do I have to extract?
 

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Duragilt is a flexible plastic sheet coated with wax and then imprinted. If you scape it the bees are not going to draw it back out well. If you were using Pasticell then they will draw it back out.

You have two options:

1 You could crush and strain,remove the Duragilt and then install a starter strip and let them build their own comb.

2. Borrow an extractor. Check my web site out for a $50 extractor you can build. It works well for someone with a hive or two.

[ July 05, 2006, 05:53 PM: Message edited by: magnet-man ]
 

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If you join the WVBA they have some small extractors that you can rent for free (I think).
 

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>Can this only be done with all wax foundation?
I have Duragilt in mine.. can I still do this or do I have to extract?

I've only done it on wax foudation, but many others apparently have scraped it off of plastic foundation. Duragilt, is as has already been explained, a special case since the bees won't rebuild on it. You can still crush and strain but you'll need new foundation when you're done.
 
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