We keep having bad storms. A couple days ago we had a "bad" storm, not a "really bad" storm. The wind got up to 19 mph and was gusting at 38 mph. Last fall and last spring we had a few "really bad" storms (tornadoes, hail, flooding, 50+ mph gusts, etc.). No tornadoes hit my property, but, the winds were pretty intense and many trees blew over. The power was out for 3 days and all roads leading into town were flooded.
For this reason, I don't want to worry about my hive blowing over during one of those storms. I was using a strap, and it was very secure, but, I found it to be a bit of a pain to work with. I wanted something more elegant.
I have been following forum threads about spring clips. I almost bought spring clips, but, I didn't like the following things about them...
- Having to pay for them, versus using something I already had laying around.
- Their inflexibility if the distance between boxes increases/decreases (i.e. if you get a thicker/thinner queen excluder, or your feeder board his an odd thickness). I wanted something that could be installed on every box the same way and work regardless of what accessories I decide to use down the road.
- Getting the spring clips to work with the beautiful roof that came with the cedar hive looked like it would be a problem.
So... after seeing cam locks, straps, spring clips, and other types of securing devices... I decided to do this...
Because I used wire to tie the screws together, I am able to make the connections very tight without much effort. The wire will likely need to be replaced every year when it breaks, but, it is very easy to add new wire.