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Tips and Tricks for Cutouts?

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We are planning to do the tree cutout tomorrow, was planned for Saturday, but as Bjorn said, more rain! Are there any tips or tricks that we really should follow? Have boxes, frames, and lots of string, know that we should put comb in frames in the same direction it came out of the tree, and we are planning to work from one end of the tree to the other in sections and all the frames that come from one section will go together in the boxes. I need to pull butter knives from the drawer to use for cutting.

We have all medium supers and I know that a lot of this comb is going to be bigger then that, can we stack pieces of comb together in a frame and will they mend it together?

Thank you for all the help!
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I use rubber bands instead of string, hard to tie it up with sticky gloves on.

A bucket of water to rinse your sticky hands in for sure.

Instead of the butter knife I use a long serrated blade knife, like the "ginsu", easier to saw through the comb.

Good sharp saw chain.

Bee vac if you have one

Depending on how large the tree is might need some blocking to keep it from rolling. Big logs are heavy and can be very dangerous, crushing or pinning you down.

Camera, we need pics :mrgreen:

Good luck with it and be careful.

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I did one from a house last weekend. Bring buckets and coolers all with lids for the honey comb. Don't forget the crowbar! Instead of Rubber bands for holding the combs with brood I used flat thumb tacks and 24 guage wire. Do this before you start the cut out. Spread four tacks evenly upon both sides of the top of the empty frame with three spread out across both bottom sides. Zig zag the wire from top to bottom on one side. Repeat this as much as you think you'll need ahead of time.

I like it better than the rubber bads because you can set the chunks of brood in the in the frame on the wire side as you wire the other side. I find the rubber bands don't allow for as much stability and you've got to mess with them the whole time as you move them over the comb you want held. Once they've stablized the comb pull the tacks off with your hive tool.
D that's a good idea, I think I might just try that.

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