Well, here's the rest of the story: Had the staging set up the night before so my friend Paul (carpenter that did some work on our house and became a friend :thumbsup and I started around 11 am cause it was cloudy up until then. It is good to have a carpenter friend cause they understand construction better than me, particularily on 200 year old homes. It only took about five minutes (with absolutely no cutting) to remove the metal drip edge, pull nails on the facia board and the bees were exposed. It will be easy to replace it with no visible signs it had even been removed. I on the other hand could have made a mess. Well, with the facia board off it was pretty easy to see what needed to be done. Actually pretty straight forward. The comb was all new white stuff so the first question had been answered, this was a recent swarm that had set up shop. I fired up the new shop vac which was connected to my new bee-vac and away I went! It was working extremely well, once I got the suction pressure figured out. I had removed just over half the comb and sucked up what I thought was half the bees when we suddenly noticed that the shop vac was slowing down! It wasn't plugged or anything, it sounded like there was a reduction in power to it. I stopped vacuuming bees for a minute, trying to figure out what was going on and then the smoke started billowing out of it! :shock:. We shut it off, disconnected all the hoses and tried it with no restrictions but the smoke continued and then it just ground to a halt! NOW WHAT? I sat there for a second, figured I guess I gotta keep going on, so I cut off the next piece of comb (with bees attached), checked it over and to my great relief, there was the queen! :thumbsup: I quickly grabbed her (something I rarely do with my ham fists and fingers) and popped her into the JZBZ queen cage I had brought with a marshmallow stuffed in the end. I didn't bother putting any attendants in because I was going to simply put it in the new box to hold the bees there and they would be able to care for her until she was released. I cut off the remaing comb and swept bees as best I could onto the beevac entrance. Once the comb was all removed I figured that I would remove the top of the vac and just add a second deep. I carefully placed the queen cage between a couple frames of comb and closed up the hive, leaving only the new bottom board I had set up open. A lot of bees flying around but considering I had no way of collecting them now (and no real need to now that I knew I had the queen) I cleaned up and left them to find their own way to the new hive. I checked over the comb we had removed and found that there was about 7 comb, most of it filled with nectar, some with the tell tale band of pollen, and upon really close examination i found freshly laid eggs (hard to see on that white comb). Sorry I didn't get more and better pictures but considering the circumstances I just wanted to finish up as soon as I could. I was feeling pretty good about it despite the setback but such is life. I took my wife and son along around 8 pm to show them what I had done. Paul was going to arrive around 9 pm to help close things up. When I got there however, there was a basketball size cluster of bees back in the roof part! What's up with this? I could not figure out where all these bees came from. I checked inside the hive and there were bees there (probably the ones I vacc'd up) and the queen was fine (still in her cage). I could only assume that for whatever reason these bees had not been lured to the new hive. Were they returning foragers or just a lot of bees that I had failed to collect with the vac? Anyway, I just squirted them all down with 1 to 1 and scooped up big handfuls and gently set them on the top bars of the second deep, right on top of the queen cage. I did that until I had the biggest part of them in the hive and then closed it up (except for the bottom entrance). Paul had arrived and we decided to just leave the roof open for another day till all the bees had found the hive. I will find out how well it worked today when I check. Besides all the drama, the only thing that puzzled me was even after I caught the queen and installed her with the bees I had sucked up, I never did see the big "fanning" show that is normally displayed by bees when they try to direct the others to their new home. I wonder why? Epilogue: Was at the hardware store within half an hour after the intial cut-out with my stinking new shop vac and they replaced it, no questions asked.