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    The statement "Because you will give any chips...

    The statement

    "Because you will give any chips in the flute of the bit, as it is coming out of the hole, the time and thus friction needed to grab the wall of the tap hole and be pulled back down...
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    Yes this would be good sage advice. And have been...

    Yes this would be good sage advice. And have been using that approach for a few years now.

    But incorrect bit design of the tip and flutes and poor condition of the blades can still leave some of...
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    Part of my living is made from woodworking these...

    Part of my living is made from woodworking these days and been doing it for a while now. It has taken me several years to accept the fact that not all bits are equal for removing wood chips from a...
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    Stealing will be legal in another 5 years. I...

    Stealing will be legal in another 5 years.

    I guarantee it.
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    It makes me put things in perspective quickly. ...

    It makes me put things in perspective quickly. My trivial annoying issues of the past few weeks are so meaningless and easily repairable.

    Don't hesitate to send me a message if you need some help...
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    I am very sorry to hear about your son. That...

    I am very sorry to hear about your son. That must be very difficult for you.

    I was just thinking yesterday how even without COVID, our lives are still so full of mysterious pitfalls even without...
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    I am on the north side up at the top of 57. I...

    I am on the north side up at the top of 57. I imagine your about the same as me weather wise.

    Have you set your site on a planned tap date yet?

    How did your RO work for you? And how many...
  8. Yes I agree but I was not suggesting to vent any...

    Yes I agree but I was not suggesting to vent any 5/16 runs into the mainline which if he gets any vacuum at all in this landscape he will only get it formed from the final run of the 5/16 tubing into...
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    This is all contingent with where you are in...

    This is all contingent with where you are in Connecticut and what equipment you use. If you are south of the Merritt Parkway today, yesterday and the next few days may have some decent sap flow. If...
  10. After revisiting your landscape I would say that...

    After revisiting your landscape I would say that you should have no more the 4 or 5 taps on a 5/16 "vertical" line. The more of that 10 vertical feet that the final run into the mainline takes up...
  11. Good way to go IMO. I would add that you should...

    Good way to go IMO. I would add that you should make certain that your 5/16 have a decent length of undisturbed final run into the 3/4 mainline after the last tap of say 50 feet or more, as much as...
  12. Comparing two different line size vacuum gravity...

    Comparing two different line size vacuum gravity systems is difficult. I think each size runs at capacity on different slopes and different numbers of taps. Figuring that out requires a level of...
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    Yup me too and also that every year we get a more...

    Yup me too and also that every year we get a more and more dangerous version of the flu! This year being particurly bad!

    By the way "The Bear" findeth this today all over the news.
    ...
  14. I have no experience with 3/16 but have pondered...

    I have no experience with 3/16 but have pondered using it for the vacuum benefits. But regarding your few concerns, one of the things that I have heard from some on this site as well as from Bruce...
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    Are you tapping Reds or Sugars?

    Are you tapping Reds or Sugars?
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    The Bear asks that when you do tap be sure to...

    The Bear asks that when you do tap be sure to post your sugar content as often as you can .... and please test from a combined mix of all your sap.
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    It would be nice to have a better feel of sugar...

    It would be nice to have a better feel of sugar content of the early season sap. I will bet people could have gotten a lot of sap in CT in early to mid December this year for sure. I wonder how...
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    Very tempting indeed. But ... another rule...

    Very tempting indeed.

    But ... another rule of thumb I have just recently adopted is to avoid tapping before we have had a good prolonged freeze up. Whether I had 4 million taps or 4 taps that...
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    I believe that trees on a south facing aspect are...

    I believe that trees on a south facing aspect are more likely to do better in the early season. I.E. those that get hit by the low sun.

    If your trees are effected by the geo thermal warming of...
  20. The original post needs to ask only one question....

    The original post needs to ask only one question.

    Are you trying to make money producing maple syrup?

    YEA -> get your sap into an RO system.

    NAY -> sit back and watch the steam run off...
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    Last year about mid Feb I boiled off a gallon of...

    Last year about mid Feb I boiled off a gallon of red sap alongside a gallon of sugar sap, both close to syrup consistency. Both appeared and tasted exactly alike. I noticed my Red Maple tap either...
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    Heating with a flame ( does not matter if it is...

    Heating with a flame ( does not matter if it is high or low ) so long as you can stir perpetually is the best way to prevent sugar sand on a reheat to 185. If you do not have the time and or ability...
  23. So I did get a screwdriver under the gasket and...

    So I did get a screwdriver under the gasket and remove it, but it by no means came out cleanly. The gasket obviously had some adhesive on it which made the surface of it rip away and stick to the...
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    Those jobs that remain at home will become less...

    Those jobs that remain at home will become less productive unless they are "real jobs" like sugar making, where something of substance is produced rather then BS. These new "work from home" jobs...
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    I've been making syrup in steam pans for 5 years...

    I've been making syrup in steam pans for 5 years now. My first year I had 11 different batch boils during the season. Went from VERY light to Medium to Medium Dark to light to Medium to Very Dark...
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