OK Doc - I know us S. Carolineans are frugal and conservative, but surely a doctor can afford a seven dollar hive tool! Besides, you need to jam it in two corners and twist, instead of just pulling up which may bend even a good tool. nice to see another SC guy. im in saluda county. what are your bees feeding on now?
Yesterday I went to check the hive. I had been away since Thursday and wanted to see what was happening. It really was too late in the day to be messing about with the bees but I "needed" to check on them.
Hive inspection went along easily. Some burr comb was removed; I saved it and shared with the good wife and my dad. The comb had honey in it. When I went to lift off the hive body to examine the one underneath... I couldn't.
My bottom box has cleats so I put one foot on a cleat and grabbed the recess of the top box... All my strength and nothing!
I do have what I call a "extreme discount" hive tool from the local Wally Mart.
Frabique en Chine might be the problem because it bent when trying to unstick the hive bodies.
Anyone have a similiar experience?