I use all 8 frame medium boxes. This has a tendency to cause my hives to become a little taller than 10 frame boxes. however, my one hive that survived the winter is now 8 boxes tall.( That is after I made a split and so far hasn't swarmed. Our honey flow hasn't even started yet. I can't see in the top box unless I stand on a 5 gallon pail. This colony will surely go to 10 boxes. How can I maximize honey and still manage the hive? I don't think a step ladder would be safe ?