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    Most any tapping bit made for maple production...

    Most any tapping bit made for maple production will work. Standard drill bits are not appropriate. We tend to use Bolduc or Lapierre bits. Max of about 2,500-3,000 taps, then time for a new bit. ...
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    Some weeping of sap for a short time (a few days)...

    Some weeping of sap for a short time (a few days) is normal. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EybQLk6fmJE&list=PLZP4fDl-nB9-4aZkQyDR070QpxcAr02q5&index=3&t=0s
  3. Bad idea for several reasons. First, there are...

    Bad idea for several reasons. First, there are simpler ways of marking (as already suggested) and simple ways of maintaining level without nails. Secondly, it does create a wound, although small. ...
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    They won't hurt your production (may actually...

    They won't hurt your production (may actually help a small amount even in the first year, but probably not enough to offset the cost).

    I've heard people say the balls can go through and clog the...
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    If you are installing brand new tubing, CV are...

    If you are installing brand new tubing, CV are not necessary -- just use regular spouts. Your season could last up to 2.5-3 months from tapping (assuming you tap in January). Tap your tubing trees...
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    The best results are achieved with saplings in...

    The best results are achieved with saplings in the 1.5-2.5" diameter range.
  7. The transition from above freezing to below...

    The transition from above freezing to below freezing creates a vacuum in the wood which induces water uptake. If the freeze happens too quickly, water uptake will be incomplete.

    During a warm...
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    The "sap caps" are not commercially available. ...

    The "sap caps" are not commercially available. We've always made our own by hand (and it isn't easy to ge them perfect). We've been working with CDL to develop and test a commercial version. The...
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    Good luck with your season van. Good to hear...

    Good luck with your season van. Good to hear you're doing better.
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    Mechanical releasers work great....until they...

    Mechanical releasers work great....until they don't. If outside, they can get messed up by freezing. Inside, the can mess up due to freezing internally (caused by leaks). We've found the Lapierre...
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    Had a great time at the MMSA meeting -- got to...

    Had a great time at the MMSA meeting -- got to meet a lot of nice folks and chat with many producers.
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    That we will.

    That we will.
  13. Trees do not change temperatures are fast as the...

    Trees do not change temperatures are fast as the air does. They are quite well buffered. Always take a bit longer to thaw out at the beginning of the seasons. If you're getting air temperatures in...
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    The problems with most simple (impeller) flow...

    The problems with most simple (impeller) flow sensors are two-fold (at least).
    1. They typically require some minimum flow rate to be detected. Below that rate there is no measurement.
    2. Air in...
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    Seems rather speculative and harsh given that we...

    Seems rather speculative and harsh given that we really have no idea why this course was taken. The Leader Evaporator Co. Board of Directors are all maple industry people themselves, and for reasons...
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    I hope many of you can make it to the Ohio Maple...

    I hope many of you can make it to the Ohio Maple Days. You've got some great speakers coming. Dr. Abby van den Berg (from UVM PMRC) and Steve Childs (Cornell) will both be there this year.
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    Met the new Leader Evaporator Co. President (Jeff...

    Met the new Leader Evaporator Co. President (Jeff Smith) at the NYS Maple Conference. Seems like a nice friendly person. He is a financial guy, not from the maple industry, but seems to be a real...
  18. On buckets/bags or gravity tubing, during a warm...

    On buckets/bags or gravity tubing, during a warm spell (a sap run), sap runs DOWN by gravity from an area extending from above the taphole to the top of the tree.

    When the tree starts to freeze,...
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    Well trained....good job. :D

    Well trained....good job. :D
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    Which is exactly why I am flying out on Thursday...

    Which is exactly why I am flying out on Thursday this time. :) Weather nearly kept me from getting there the last couple of times -- figured this time I'd give myself an extra travel day just in...
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    Filter aid doesn't affect hydrometer readings...

    Filter aid doesn't affect hydrometer readings unless there is a huge excess of it -- same as niter doesn't effect hydrometer readings. The hydrometer measures dissolved solids, not suspended solids....
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    Yes, I understand that...and it will work out as...

    Yes, I understand that...and it will work out as long as there is a HUGE margin of safety built in (particularly the first several times after switching to a new pan). My post was partly in jest. ...
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    I can't imagine ever walking away from a boiling...

    I can't imagine ever walking away from a boiling pan, but sounds like you like to multi-task to save time.

    Just in case, here are some threads that might help save some time later on. :D
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  24. I believe the smallest PEX is 3/8" (0.500" OD). ...

    I believe the smallest PEX is 3/8" (0.500" OD). Unlikely they'd make a fitting smaller than the smallest PEX pipe.
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    Looking forward to being there and chatting with...

    Looking forward to being there and chatting with Michigan producers. Just keep your fingers crossed for good flying weather. Last couple of times I went I barely managed to get there :)
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