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  1. #1
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    Default spacing of frames

    So I built my own frames but IM just wondering about the spacing in between the top bars. Should they be tight? 3/8 or somewhere in the middle.

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    Default Re: spacing of frames

    If you are referring to frames of a "normal" design that are 1 3/8" or 1 1/4" between the frame shoulders (widest parts of the end bars), the end bars should be pushed tight together to get the combs drawn out. Once you have drawn combs, for honey supers you may wish to space them out further. Frames in the brood nest are normally always touching the next frame and centered in the box.

    If you are asking about dimensions of the construction of each individual top bar or frame, all dimensions are available on the plans here:
    http://www.beesource.com/build-it-yo...t-type-frames/
    Graham
    USDA Zone 7A Elevation 1400 ft

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    Default Re: spacing of frames

    That's what I thought but just wanted to make sure. Thanks

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    Default Re: spacing of frames

    If you mean the gap between the top bars, anything between 1/4" and 3/8" works fine. If you mean center to center spacing, I like 1 1/4". Anything over 1 3/8" is problematic in the brood nest. Anything under 1 1/8" is problematic.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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