Re: Hive body assembly problems
> How far from the bottom of the box is the frame supposed to rest?
This is not an easy question to answer without referring to your other boxes. While Sharpdog offers reasonable advice, what you really want is correct bee space from the bottom of the frames in the upper box to the top of the frames in the lower box.
If all your boxes are manufactured the same way, the "extra" space in the box that the frames do not occupy can be at the top, bottom or split between the two. But a problem arises when the "extra" space in one box is in a different location from its adjacent box.
Those interested in how boxes manufactured/sold by major vendors vary in size may find this study of the difference in hive box measurements interesting:
A space (1/4- to 5/16-inch) big enough to permit free passage for a bee but too small to encourage comb building. Leaving bee space between parallel beeswax combs and between the outer comb and the hive walls is the basic principle of hive construction.
Beesource Glossary of terms, some with illustrations: http://www.beesource.com/forums/show...eping-Glossary
USDA Zone 7A Elevation 1400 ft