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    Sticky: Welcome bkprscott, How many taps are you thinking...

    Welcome bkprscott, How many taps are you thinking next year and how many in 5 yrs?
    Dave
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    To clarify, my reply in post #2 was to shut the...

    To clarify, my reply in post #2 was to shut the pump off if the tank got full. For the vacuum pump in regards to temp, I checked the forecast and only put in enough fuel to run until about 2 hrs...
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    I have used Leader, Lapierre and CDL bits, all...

    I have used Leader, Lapierre and CDL bits, all seemed good. I had one worker who broke the bit he was using and rather than using another tapping bit which I had in a fittings box, he went and bought...
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    Devils11217, make sure you clean the new tank...

    Devils11217, make sure you clean the new tank well. I bought one 550 gal (also Norwesco but that likely makes no difference) and I just rinsed it once then set it out roadside to collect my gravity...
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    If you use quick disconnects I suggest a small SS...

    If you use quick disconnects I suggest a small SS band clamp directly over the portion that holds on half to the other. I however would just run it with no quick disconnect, then cut the line to take...
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    On my taps I get the 2.5-3 months if the weather...

    On my taps I get the 2.5-3 months if the weather doesn't go too warm for too long. 3/16 or 5/16 makes little difference if you have vacuum. On my 3/16 by far I prefer a 5/16 tap and drop, then the...
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    On most threaded fittings, if the threads on both...

    On most threaded fittings, if the threads on both halves are good you want 3 wraps, or 3.5. Every once in a while you will come across a fitting where the female thread is slightly large, needing an...
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    I don't valve any of my lateral lines, 3/16 or...

    I don't valve any of my lateral lines, 3/16 or 5/16, I only valve mainlines.
    To find leaks in 3/16 just watch the sap-air (gases) movement in the line. A leak will show itself because the air...
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    A little more info please. Can you show some...

    A little more info please. Can you show some pictures or at least a description of the set up as you have it now. If the fire is under the entire flat pan I would think a wall near the back of the...
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    Use the ShurFlo at the low spot, then push the...

    Use the ShurFlo at the low spot, then push the sap up to the higher area where you can get to it in the mud season.
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    Great news Van! Glad to hear the all clear from...

    Great news Van! Glad to hear the all clear from the doctor, have a great season.
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    5/16 will have an issue caused by the fact that...

    5/16 will have an issue caused by the fact that air (gases) in the line can pass the sap. I would stick with 3/16 until you get to the manifold into the pump.
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    My air powered diaphragm pump is food grade...

    My air powered diaphragm pump is food grade plastic, not SS, but you should not have any issues if you do it right. After pumping the syrup, rinse it with hot water (back into the evaporator) and...
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    There are likely small oil ports on each end of...

    There are likely small oil ports on each end of the blower housing and likely the same on the motor. They will just look like a small ripple in the steel, with a small hole leading to the bushing....
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    Not Dr Perkins, but I suggest you use 3/16...

    Not Dr Perkins, but I suggest you use 3/16 tubing. I have no idea where you would get what you need to tap the stumps.
    I would think if those trees will be there for 2 seasons, just tap as normal...
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    That might be a valid point. I bought my 3x8...

    That might be a valid point. I bought my 3x8 which had a galvanized stack and arch sides used so it had been run hard before I got it, my 2x6 had a SS base stack and when I replaced the base stack on...
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    I've seen lots of sugarhouses over the years, I...

    I've seen lots of sugarhouses over the years, I don't think I ever saw one with a fan. My 3x8 has a cupola and after the first year I always had a hood. My steam stacks all went into the cupola and...
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    It also helps to have the wood set up, ready to...

    It also helps to have the wood set up, ready to go in before you open the door.
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    If you get to 70 taps, I hope you have at least a...

    If you get to 70 taps, I hope you have at least a bucket RO.
    My first year I had a 2x3. I started with 27 taps, then each time the sap ran I thought, "I can handle more than that" so I added more...
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    It depends on your growth thoughts in 5-10 years....

    It depends on your growth thoughts in 5-10 years. A galvanized 24 ga base stack will likely last 6-8 years, in 20 ga likely 2-3x that. A SS base stack will last you for several times those numbers....
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    I would not go into the 6 way with a tee in any of the laterals, I would use a Tee between the 6 way and the pump, then have a needle valve on the re-circulate. IMHO the original idea would mess with...
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    On my 3/16 I change the tap AND the Tee every...

    On my 3/16 I change the tap AND the Tee every year, the drop every 3. I use 5/16 taps and drops, into a 3/16 x 3/16 x 5/16 tee then the laterals are 3/16.
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    Another thing that helps is if the suction line...

    Another thing that helps is if the suction line is one size larger, I learned that when I grew commercial strawberries. The irrigation pump was a 3" fire pump Then the suction line from the pond was...
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    I no longer have my lease where I had to cross...

    I no longer have my lease where I had to cross snowmobile trails nor do I take many pictures, but 4-5 years ago, I had a lease where the mainlines went over woods trails. I just had extra support...
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    I also would not combine the 2, run them to a...

    I also would not combine the 2, run them to a pump manifold on their own. Also, I suggest if you are going to add 40 more taps it should be split into 2 lines, 3/16.
    The 3/16 lines on flat ground...
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