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Whidbey Island Washington Beekeeping & Honeybees - Lavender Honey - Green Road Farm - Tim Walsh

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Installing a Beehive Frame Foundation (Traditional Wire)

The wax foundation is a starting point for the bees to begin making comb. The foundation will help keep the bees building in a specific area and on the frame, giving the beekeeper easier access to the honey. This will cover installing a traditional wax/wire foundation to a frame.

Things You’ll Need:

* Beehive Frames
* Foundation
* Eyelets
* Hammers
* Needle-nose Pliers
* 1/2-inch common nails

Step 1:
Remove the top bar wedge.

Step 2:
Place a #18 half-inch nail in one end of frame on the top, about halfway down the middle.

Step 3:
Tie off one end of the wire to the nail.

Step 4:
Thread a #28 hard-drawn, tinned, carbon-steel wire in one eyelet and out the other eyelet across the frame until you have two strands of wire across the middle of the frame.

Step 5:
Tie off the remaining wire to the nail placed in step 2.

Step 6:
Hammer the nail flush with frame.

Step 7:
Weave wax foundation over and under the wires from step 3.

Step 8:
Slide the bottom of the foundation into the slotted groove at the bottom of the frame until the top of the foundation slides into the top bar groove.

Step 9:
Nail the top bar wedge from step 1 back into place using #18 nails.

Step 10:
Secure the bottom of the frame with #18 nails. Place nails about two-thirds of the way from each end of frame.

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