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    If you haven't tried an inline strainer...

    If you haven't tried an inline strainer for your pump to protect it from ice I'd suggest it. They seem to work well for me, and I mount them with the strainer and bowl up.
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    I had an experience similar to yours this season...

    I had an experience similar to yours this season with an older red maple. It didn't look like the healthiest tree (as evidenced from it not healing very well from prior taps, though the crown looked...
  3. Thanks, I'll see what I can find.

    Thanks, I'll see what I can find.
  4. Recommended water when permeate is unavailable?

    I've read soft water is ideal if permeate isn't available, and clorinated water is ok if you let it sit for a few days in the sun. I'm thinking water that's treated with salt might not be ideal as it...
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    You might find this VacMotion...

    You might find this VacMotion site helpful.
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    So true, I couldn't agree more!

    So true, I couldn't agree more!
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    I've used the Munro pump a few times now and have...

    I've used the Munro pump a few times now and have had some trouble with airlock. I'm using a check valve after the pump to keep the sap in the hose when I unplug the pump. The way I've overcome the...
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    I managed to adjust the pan gap slightly. I got...

    I managed to adjust the pan gap slightly. I got it down to just about 3/4". I used an old piece of rebar and slid that through some rope gasket I had. The seal isn't 100% but significantly better...
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    Loops are fine, just keep them below the tap hole.

    Loops are fine, just keep them below the tap hole.
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    I wouldn't worry about sanitizing the bit between...

    I wouldn't worry about sanitizing the bit between taps. Even if the drill bit is sanitized between each tap hole, the bark you're drilling through when tapping any tree isn't sanitized.
  11. I have yet to try the two ball valve idea, but I...

    I have yet to try the two ball valve idea, but I really like it and will keep it in mind for future setup.
  12. I located some o-rings from CDL. I had to call...

    I located some o-rings from CDL. I had to call them up because they didn't have them listed in the catalogue or website.

    The large o-ring is #70417
    The small o-ring is #70210
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    I think the gap is actually closer to 1". I'm...

    I think the gap is actually closer to 1". I'm going to try some steel and an insulation blanket since I have some of that already and see how it works and comment again with how it works out.
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    I have not used these myself, but I'm considering...

    I have not used these myself, but I'm considering getting some for the trees that don't make sense to put tubing on due to location.

    https://wendelsmaple.com/bucket-barriers/
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    Sealing the gap between the pans

    I've got about a 1" gap between the front and flue pan when I have all the plumbing connected. I have some insulation blanket that I thought I'd put in there but I'm thinking if I just stuff it in...
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    Were the lateral lines that got scuzzy used prior...

    Were the lateral lines that got scuzzy used prior years without cleaning, before the beginning of the season? If so my only suggestion would be to clean the lines prior to the beginning of the...
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    I recently found a submersible pump that will fit...

    I recently found a submersible pump that will fit through the opening on an IBC tote. It's a Munro MXS202S11. I haven't pumped any sap with it yet, though that should change in about a week and a...
  18. Question about freezing valve on head tank

    I've been concerned about the valve on my SS head tank freezing so I've been using heat tape any time I have sap in the tank and it's below freezing. Are there recommended valves to use so heat tape...
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    I emailed the MMPA and learned that they (the...

    I emailed the MMPA and learned that they (the MMPA) haven't had much success on getting anywhere with state agencies unfortunately.

    Based on the email it sounds like there haven't been any...
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    I've used 3/16 and I think I've gotten pretty...

    I've used 3/16 and I think I've gotten pretty good tension on that, with no sags when full of sap, but 5/16 will have a lot more sap in it. I used some 5/16 last year but didn't have it tensioned...
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    Tubing tension recomendations?

    I was tightening up some 5/16 lines today and was wondering if you can over tension the lines by hand? Is this possible, and if so, how do you know how much is to much? I'm not pulling the line off...
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    I think DSD Stars sells gray tubing as well. I...

    I think DSD Stars sells gray tubing as well. I haven't tried it yet though.
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    I'll probably pick up some blue containers from...

    I'll probably pick up some blue containers from Bascom's. I'm curious what the 6 imp. gallon white plastic drums cost but I bet it's more than the blue containers.
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    Thanks for the information. I'll see about...

    Thanks for the information. I'll see about getting some this year. I'm planning to use them for storage then repack from them as my smaller sizes sell.
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    Just to clarify, you hot pack the 5 gallon...

    Just to clarify, you hot pack the 5 gallon plastic jugs? If so that might work well for me.
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