OK, I am a new-bee and flying solo. I was able to get some used equipment from my next door neighbor who lost interesting in his bees and just let them go. (Very likely where my swarms originated). Up until now I have had the screen bottom boards. Which side is "up" is obvious.
But to solid bottom boards have a top and a bottom??? If so, which is which?
I was painting up the equipment and wanted to protect the bottom of the bottom board so painted the side which looked like it had been exposed. Neither side, only the frame had originally been painted. The other side appeared varnished with what I assumed was the bees work. BUT when I went to assemble the hive I realized the space for the entrance was shallower then my other screen bottom hives. A entrance reducer wouldn't fit. Turned the bottom over and voila, it was a fit but now was painted side up.
So which side is "UP"
You all can stop laughing now.......