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Just finished building my national hive.

 
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zx10rmark
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 28, 2012 5:37 pm    Post subject: Just finished building my national hive. Reply with quote

Hello all ive just finished building my national hive and i have a question or two about the frames.
1. Do i use a whole wax foundation strip in the frames or do i cut them down.
2. Do i stick them in the center of the frame or stick them onto one of the sides.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 28, 2012 5:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

if its from thornes, you should have instructions with it, but if not, just follow instructions on this link

http://youtu.be/8IEUfyxexvI

you could of course use strips like I do on top bar hives, but you would need to order wireless wax, if it was a flat pack, the normally come with wired wax
using a strip would mean it'll take them a little longer to fill, as they would need to make the rest of comb up
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 28, 2012 5:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I built it from scratch from plans i downloaded from the internet
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 28, 2012 6:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the link ....Very usefull
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 29, 2012 9:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What I do on my conventional hive frames, is to just melt some wax to make a line along the underside of the top bar. The bees will do the rest. To add a little strength to the comb, I run 2 horizontal lengths of 30 lb. fishing wire between the sides of the frames. Keep these independant of each other, that way if the bees chew through one, the other still stays put.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 01, 2014 5:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

zx10rmark wrote:
I built it from scratch from plans i downloaded from the internet

Do you have the link for the national hive, I would love to get a copy of it.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 26, 2014 6:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dave Cushmans website has hundreds of drawings of parts for hives.

You can find the British National stuff here.
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