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Author Topic: Dumb top bar questions  (Read 1228 times)
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« on: February 15, 2009, 09:42:42 AM »

Okay,  pondering KTBH  due to Mr Bush,  (If hes flexible then it must not be to stupid)    Don't the bees attach the comb to both the top bar and the side of the hive?  seems to me that due to the bar design and the open sides they would attach both places makeing it darn near impossible to get out a bar???  and since the bar is overhung,  how would you reach in and cut it loose?

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« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2009, 01:05:15 PM »

>Don't the bees attach the comb to both the top bar and the side of the hive? 

They attach it well to the top and only a little on the side.  It's easy enough to cut and once you do they don't tend to reattach it.

>seems to me that due to the bar design and the open sides they would attach both places makeing it darn near impossible to get out a bar???

You always need to check and cut any attachments but there are seldom very many and they are seldom rebuilt.

>  and since the bar is overhung,  how would you reach in and cut it loose?

Usually you try to keep the hive from getting plum full.  You start at the back where there should be any empty bar or two or more and you work your way to where there are combs.
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« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2009, 08:33:36 PM »

On my KTBHs I leave follower boards which are 3/4" thickness at the rear most position. This gives me enough room to slip a thin stainless rod bent at a 90 degree angle about 1" from the end down the sloping side to separate the comb in an up lifting motion. Don't ask me how I know up is better! rolleyes Stainless because it has more strength in a small diameter than anything else I have used.

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« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2009, 09:55:46 AM »

up would be better because you are not adding any weight to the comb.  By going down, you would be adding undue stress to the comb.

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