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to quote Michael Bush " between the lines" aka pretty close from side to side. I put a level across my top cover then put a small shim under one corner to get it right. a 2' level would be pretty cheap at the hardware store.

You figure they are going to hang with gravity straight down from the top.. if your bottom bar isn't right below the top then you're going to get funkyness.
 

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Now how tight do I pack the bars in?

I just rescued some bees and they are drawing comb like crazy. One bar (say 3rd one in out of 8) had two combs being drawn on it. One on one side of the frame and a new section on the other side.

I pulled the small piece off and rubber banded the large piece in. I assume this was because the bars moved around and were spaced oddly.

But if I push them all together I have half a frame width on both sides of them (this is for brood, not honey).
 

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push them tight together into the middle of the box.. the outside will have a bit of space on either side but that is ok. definitely don't want extra space in between them.

yay for rescued bees :) that is how i'm hoping to get some once it warms up around here. so far i've had to live vicariously though my gf's TB hive.
 

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yay for rescued bees :) that is how i'm hoping to get some once it warms up around here. so far i've had to live vicariously though my gf's TB hive.
It wasn't without it's tribulations!

http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?294385-First-cut-out-(tree)-should-be-simple

Lots of planning and that was almost all for naught.

I honestly didn't think I had anything but a lot of pissed off queenless bees that were very drone heavy.

They are ACTING queen right now and I THOUGHT I saw a couple of eggs in yesterdays inspection, if so then I should find larva this weekend when I get in there again.

Can't say it hasn't been fun... but man, what a challenge/nightmare. Sure was the hard way to save a hundred bucks. :)
 

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haha i'm hoping to help a local beekeeper do a swarm call or cut out and get them that way. i have baited hives up on my deck too as backup until then. even then i'll leave a baited nuc up there.

at least you have a good story now :)
 

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Absolutely!

And it was for a MAJOR development going on in an out skirt town... they are planning on doing a press release and highlighting how they worked with nature to develop the area and will mention our names and pictures of us doing the removal and the colony afterwards.
 

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I used the Kelley F frames this year. I used homemade topbars last year in my top bar hive. they draw well off the wedge. I think my wedge was too big in the TBH. The Kelley style looks like it works better.
 

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I just like the wedge top cuz if you have foundation, you can use them just the same, or if you run out of foundation, just use it as a foundationless frame.
That's a good point... I'm just in the mindset of never running foundation so I never think of it from that angle.

Just looking to help out Allan, Kelley's website isn't the most intuitive at times.
 
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