Re: NewBee saying hello from Southwest Oregon
Good luck and welcome. I will give some unasked for advice. You probably do not need the leather gloves and full suit for an install, I would absolutely use a veil and if you have, or can get, nitrile gloves (like used in the medical field) try those out. The have decent protective qualities with much better dextrity. However use what you are comfortable with. My tbh was the only one of my hives that survived the winter, I had 7 langs die on me (all tx free) so don't worry to much about your tbh, I don't think it is any more likely to fail than any other hive configuration. That is not to say it won't fail but I doubt you choice of using a tbh will have an impact on the chances of success.
Enjoy, learn from you mistakes (and yes you will make some everyone does). I learned more in the first summer than I could reading any amount of books.
Dan Hayden 4 Years. 9 hives. Tx Free. USDA Zone 5b.