I just hived my bees about three weeks ago into my first TBH. In the first week I left them alone so they could settle in, and in that time, they managed to pull about 6 frames of cross comb. The problem is that they are crossed so badly, that each comb touches at least two, if not three top bars. They appear to be angled off the center of the bar by about ten degrees, so the ends of each comb are fixed to the adjacent bar(s). I attempted to fix this on Saturday and messed up the hive pretty bad, rummaging around like an old bear and even breaking one comb on accident. I feel terrible for doing this and am praying the bees don't leave me for it. I don't think they will though.
Anyway, does anyone have ideas on how to fix this, and teach the bees to build straight? I hate the thought that I might have to just keep cutting crooked comb until they learn (however long that might be). I've attempted installing two half leader boards, with an empty frame between them. I built the leader boards to be 1" thick to simulate a chunk of comb, hoping they will fill in the bar between, and be inspired to build a straight comb. So far they don't seem fond of the middle bar. There are a few crawling around on it, but no sign of pulling it out, as if it's just an open space in the hive that they don't care about.
I've started uploading YouTube videos of my project (struggles) and am seeking any input from fellow TBH beekeepers about what to do. Any advice either on YouTube or on the forums here is greatly appreciated. Here is a link to my videos if you are interested: http://www.youtube.com/user/tdbt3c/videos. Thanks for looking!