Frame / Foundation Hardware
Cross wiring is necessary to firmly hold some foundations in place. For example, we recommend 4 cross wires when using 8 ½ inch medium brood foundation, but only 2 for holding 8 ½ inch crimp wire foundation. Beekeepers even find it advantageous to put one cross-wire in bulk comb foundation—then pulling out the cross-wire from the end of the frame prior to cutting the bulk comb. To prevent the wire from cutting into the frame end bars, we recommend using eyelets to protect the frames.