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In the name of cutting costs does/has anyone used their old frames and just installed new foundation instead of tossing the entire thing and starting completely new? I’m only Running 3-5 hives...

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Absolutely. And I only rip out the comb if it's damaged by wax moths, etc. Otherwise, just use the old frame. I'm installing new foundation in a bunch of used frames this weekend.
 

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I have frames I have used since 1974 ( they have the date on them) and I have frames most likley much older .
When I take the old foundation out I boil the frames to get them clean and then soak them in a bleach solution and they are as good as new.
 

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1 lb. lye to 10 gal water., heat to 190F, soak for 5 minutes, hose off frames in fresh water and let dry. Frames clean up looking like almost new. Always add the lye to water, never other way around.
 
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