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There's a bunch of different ways ranging from popcicle sticks to pointed wedges. There's no reason that one won't work! And... you've got a good friend if he was willing to do all the work in on those bars for you!

You could always sand or rasp a small point on them if it made you feel better.
 

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I would use 1 1/4 inch bars. You may not have a problem with 1 7/16, but most people are using 1 1/4 or 1 3/8 and some use wider bars for stores. You have a very good friend indeed to help you with your hive!
 

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Not much, but I would go to 1 1/4. But some have said that they use 1 1/2 with no problems. I've just had good results with the 1 1/4. If the bars are too wide you will end up with either ribbon combs or with cross comb. The former is really just annoying, but the later can be a big problem. The better the guide the less chance of cross comb.
 

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>So, what is the issue/impact between a top-bar that is 1 7/16 and 1 3/8?

In the brood nest: bigger cells, more drones, more work for the bees than 1 1/4" They also might cheat over a little trying to make them smaller, but usually with 1 3/8" this would be minimal With 1 7/16 there would be more. With 1 1/2" they do it a lot.

In the honey storage area: they will likely cheat them bigger (especially the 1 3/8") and soon will be getting off of the bars.
 

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I have bars that are all 1 3/8". Seems like that should work well for the brood area, but I'll want to be carful and have some very small spacers available when my bees get to drawing honey comb. Is something like1/8" spacers what I'll be looking for?
 
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