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I ordered my first hive from Dadant. The two deep hive bodies that I ordered came with no instructions. It was pretty self-explanatory and I have everything assembled except for I'm a bit stumped by the long L-shaped metal doo-dads that, from what I've been able to gather, are meant to protect the frame rest.

It may be hard to describe but how exactly are those meant to go in there? It seems like no matter how I seat them they either stick out from the edge of the frame rest or they are in such a way that the nails provided seem like they're way too long and would come out the side of the box.

If anyone could shed light on this I'd appreciate it. Thanks!

-Paula
 

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Thanks, y'all....I think I get it now. They must fit over the bump rather than into the "L"....and the nails would go in perpendicular to the thick part of the wall of the hive, right?. (I hope I'm explaining this clearly).

5/8" nails would make much more sense. The nails they sent are 1 1/4" long :eek:. Longer, of course, than the wall of the hive is thick. It doesn't surprise me, though as the set of nails they sent for my bottom board were somewhat innapropriate too.

Don't get me wrong...I'm not complaining...It's just that the combination of no instructions and too long nails confused me as to what I needed to do. Overall, I was very pleased with the quality of my order and I believe they sent plenty of extra nails w/ my top cover that will work quite nicely for my frame rests. :)
 

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Thanks for all of your responses. The hive is now completely assembled (except for the frames) and painted...ready for spring.

Adrien and Raven, I do believe you when you say that the metal frame rests aren't real important but they were provided for me...so I've installed them come hell or high water....pure stubborness on my part. :eek:

Maybe some day I'll find a better use for them...
 

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Adrian, against the advice of more than one person (for the very issue you mentioned) I did paint the edges.

I mixed the paint with some primer so it has more of a rough feel to it than a tacky one and it will have 7+ months to cure so I'm hoping it'll be ok but, thank-you, I do feel better about it knowing I have a trick up my sleeve!
 
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