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I'm using foundationless frames. I have to cut some comb and put it in them. I use vertical skewers as support. Obviously, I need to take them out to put the comb in, but should I try to put them back through the comb to support it? Do I need to put in ANY additional support?
 

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You only need additional support in deep frames. Mediums and shallows are fine without it. I use 20# test fishing line. It works great and it could be used to support sections of already drawn comb by putting the line on each side of the comb through the same endbar hole or one side then the other through all four holes.
 

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You only need additional support in deep frames. Mediums and shallows are fine without it. I use 20# test fishing line. It works great and it could be used to support sections of already drawn comb by putting the line on each side of the comb through the same endbar hole or one side then the other through all four holes.
I thought you just put the comb in the frame, and wrapped either string, fishing line, or rubber bands around the frame (both ways) to keepe the comb in until the bees connected it.
 

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You can, but you run the risk of the comb falling out during handling, at least for the first year, if there is no additional support. The bees will chew the rubber bands off within a month or two. If the sides are not attached well, the comb could break off during an inspection.The fishing line will inbed itself into the comb and form a permanent support if you run it through the holes in the end bars. I have done it both ways and during a cut out, rubber bands are faster but occasionally the smaller pieces of comb will slip down. I use the fishing line on all my new frames to form a support for the bees to build the wax onto. Way better than the wax foundation I used to use.
 

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Thanks. I wasn't reading your first reply correctly. Sounds good.
 
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