Box painting tip
Here's something a nubee told me I wish I'd thought of 40 years ago, thought I'd pass it on.
When I paint boxes, the tops & bottoms & joints get painted by doing them in the stack before the boxes get assembled. Then the boxes are assembled, get 2 coats paint & left to dry for a day before getting stacked alternately as per the pic.
Here, the problem. The paint where the boxes are touching each other is dry, but only a day or two old so still soft. By the time I come to use the boxes they can be firmly joined together and you have to sometimes break wood getting them apart.
So, here's the tip. - While stacking them, have a rag soaked in cooking oil and give the contact points between supers a wipe with it. Doesn't seem to hurt the paint and the boxes come apart much easier later.
Who said old dogs cannot learn new tricks.
44 years, been commercial, outfits up to 4000 hives, now 120 hives and 200 nucs as a hobby, selling bees. T (mostly).