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Flow frame wires/cables replacement

#1

Hello, what could be the best flow frame wires replacement? Does anyone know how is this wire type called? What equipment should I use to make the connect?

Thanks!

#2

Perhaps @Faroe. could answer this.

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#3

It looks little bit like a gear cable from a bicycle :thinking: but I would still need to figure out what sort of solder they use to connect the ends together

#4

I am sure you could buy replacement wire from Flow Hive direct, then you would know you are getting exactly what you need. I am sure the cost of getting by air-mail wouldn’t be much either. As a quick fix you could try stainless steel wire of the same thickness. Welcome to the forum Jan, you will find good reading and advise here.
Regards

#5

Hi @Jan_Pesl, have the wires broken or are they just loose? You can twist them to adjust the tightness if that’s the issue, rather than replace them.

#6

I am located in Norway where we use different beehive standard, therefore the flow frames are significantly shorter after adjustments. I have indeed tried twisting the cables, but they are way too long to keep the frame together.

I will try melting the solder tomorrow using both soldering station and heatgun, we will see if this is a way to go…

#7

That’s interesting about the frame length. Dob you know if the size has a ‘name’?

While you’re waiting for @Faroe to comment, have you considered picture hanging wire? You should be able to crimp the ends together…

#8

This won’t truly help you but it will give you an idea of the type of wire I had in mind…

#9

That is a cool suggestion! Many of my friends are actually painters but I didnt even consider it!
At this stage, I am mostly worried about the connection - how should I crimp it to make it last.

I will attach a small table with comparison of different standards. 39 The first one is full frame, the second one is half frame. I intend to use flow frames in the honey super designed form the full norwegian frames and make it a little bit lower. All that needs to be done is to stick with 30 stable parts per flow frame and it fits perfectly. But then, I have to modify the bloody wires :slight_smile:

#10

You should be able to find something where you buy the framing wire. Failing that, check a fishing tackle shop. You should be able to find something there, as you can crimp wire trace when fishing…

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#11

Resolution: I have found the best substitute in the fishing store. They sell both the steel cables of corresponding thickness as well as the crimps. I have settled on aluminium crimps as the best choice.

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#12

Can your share information on the cable sizing?

#13

I use steel wire 0,89 mm thick and cut it into 88 cm long loop for the top wire and 85 cm for the bottom wire. The crimps are 1 mm x 1,8 mm, made from aluminium.

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#14

Nice work, and very useful information. Thank you for sharing it. :wink: