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    Referring to the photo - From a structural...

    Referring to the photo - From a structural perspective, it is interesting how the arch is so slender under the flue pan. Is there a missing set of legs to be installed under the CDL maple leaf? It...
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    The only practical use for a flow meter would...

    The only practical use for a flow meter would seem to be if you're selling/buying sap, particularly if you're drawing off from an enclosed tank where measuring volume is a challenge.
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    Perhaps a maple-hickory syrup made by boiling the...

    Perhaps a maple-hickory syrup made by boiling the bark in maple sweet until it turns to syrup density.
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    I didn't follow your statement about RO being...

    I didn't follow your statement about RO being done. I assume you mean done the wash by the end of your boil? Are you flushing your initial rinse back into the head tank (about 5 minutes)?
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    I have noticed that sugar maples are very obvious...

    I have noticed that sugar maples are very obvious in aerial photos taken in early May and can be identified on google earth images taken during that month. There are 3 main tells - color, intensity...
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    Chase with RO rinse (prior to your RO wash). At...

    Chase with RO rinse (prior to your RO wash). At the start of your prewash rinse, the rinse water is very sweet. Once you've got enough in your head tank then let your rig cool down with the chaser...
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    Another practical reason to do the smaller pipe...

    Another practical reason to do the smaller pipe as wet line is due to the major sag problems you'll have with a shallow slope. Sag problems can be overwhelming (more freezing problems, longer to...
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    It's more a matter of claiming 900 gallons of...

    It's more a matter of claiming 900 gallons of syrup that you didn't produce without making that clear.

    And sap sugar content to maple syrup is one of those fuzzy math things that is effected by a...
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    Hey Ultimate, I'm confused. I thought you sold...

    Hey Ultimate,
    I'm confused. I thought you sold sap from your recent post that you collected 18,000 gallons and overwhelmed your buyer. How do you get 900 gallons of syrup if you sell your sap?
    Ken
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    The 24 ft roof span desired by Calvert Bros can...

    The 24 ft roof span desired by Calvert Bros can work nicely for attic trusses. That span certainly works with heavy timber rafters and dimensional lumber rafters but the length and sizes start to be...
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    I've got mayflowers poking up too.

    I've got mayflowers poking up too.
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    Nate, I realize that I was not that clear but I...

    Nate,
    I realize that I was not that clear but I did not suggest that a cupola needed to be in the center for structural reasons. I was less clear that you would want a hood if your rig wasn't...
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    We threw in the towel yesterday after the flavor...

    We threw in the towel yesterday after the flavor went off. I probably could have managed it better towards the end but I had my covid vaccine last week and it knocked the crap out of me for a couple...
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    I think you should be consulting with a...

    I think you should be consulting with a structural engineer. I don't think a traditional carpenter should design this without professional help.

    Also it sounds like the arch will be offset from...
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    I agree. And just to be clear, my back-to-back...

    I agree. And just to be clear, my back-to-back steel L5x3x3/8 framing is not a typical beam configuration. I would recommend steel beam sections over L sections mainly because the design is more...
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    N8: I don't agree with your analysis. If you...

    N8: I don't agree with your analysis. If you divided the 8,000 lb load for the entire area of your loft then you would need some way of transferring that load evenly to every joist and uniformly on...
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    22336 Photo of my framing during construction....

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    Photo of my framing during construction.
    Ken
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    500 gallons is about 4500 pounds which is a lot...

    500 gallons is about 4500 pounds which is a lot of weight to have over your head. I got my concentrate tank in the loft over the kitchen-RO room at the end of our 16x34 sugarhouse. We used the UVM...
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    Here's my 2 cents (and I'm not trying to be...

    Here's my 2 cents (and I'm not trying to be political):

    As a tax payer, it's hard for me to accept the idea that maple producers should get disaster relief aid in the form of free money. I...
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    Are you serious? Do you have that much storage...

    Are you serious? Do you have that much storage capacity?
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    We have done really well with the Trans0580 - Up...

    We have done really well with the Trans0580 - Up until our boil on Tuesday. Then all hell broke loose twice during the boil. It came back under control fairly quickly but not until overfoaming all...
  22. I don't think what you're thinking can be...

    I don't think what you're thinking can be justified. For the effort and headaches, I think you could dismantle the structure and rebuild it cheaper. Or at least it will seem like it in the end.
    Ken
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    I would bed and cover with sand if I was...

    I would bed and cover with sand if I was installing underground on my boney land. You should also place a marking tape on top of the cover sand so hopefully you (or someone else) doesn't dig into it...
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    Dr. Tim: We built a new house in 2017/18 - are...

    Dr. Tim:

    We built a new house in 2017/18 - are you ever really done? We've got heat pumps and lots of power consuming devices and appliances. After a couple of pricey monthly power bills from...
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    Yup, it sounds like you know my trees really...

    Yup, it sounds like you know my trees really well. Not only do we own 87 acres of the old Brown Farm, I lease the sugarbush from the Boutins. I've heard others talk about their Boys Scout years and...
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