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  1. I like you started on a Turkey Fryer with a few...

    I like you started on a Turkey Fryer with a few tapes . Then I decided to go all out. I found a used 3x4 evaporator, then built a ro. [plans on line] under RO Systems. Then upgraded to 3 3/16 lines...
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    I've bought all my supplies online and a couple...

    I've bought all my supplies online and a couple of years ago I sent some 3/16 line back for a refund with no problem.
  3. Thread: Buddy sap

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    Here in no. in. we had 2 days where it didn't...

    Here in no. in. we had 2 days where it didn't drop below freezing then 2 days below freezing saw ran good but when I started boiling it it had a off smell so I boiled a couple of qts. and it...
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    A couple of pictures of the unit I made up to put...

    A couple of pictures of the unit I made up to put the sanitizer in the drops. I switched to 5/16 drops and zap back Spouts. A piece of 5/16 tubing fits over the sprayer tube and also over the...
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    I am definitely a novice learning as I go. As to...

    I am definitely a novice learning as I go. As to the question of [ no taps in the last 50'] I read that in here somewhere. Can't find the post now. I am sure that it was the combination of removing...
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    Third Year A Charm

    Three years ago Installed 3/16 tubing, 3 lines with 75 tapes total all with some slope and a Surflo pump on the end. My trees are all young soft maples, 7 to 14 ". The first year I expected an...
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    Here in no. ind. the fat lady has sung. In the...

    Here in no. ind. the fat lady has sung. In the last two days After 2 nites of freezing temps. I had 2 good runs , unfortunately the sap was buddy. It smelled like cooking sweet corn and left an...
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    I have 100 tapes on soft maple and 20 tapes on...

    I have 100 tapes on soft maple and 20 tapes on yard sugar maples and the first batch of sap off the softs was above 2% since then I have seen from 1% to 1 3/4 %. On the sugars I have had 4% down to 2...
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    Man all those numbers make my head spin.I just...

    Man all those numbers make my head spin.I just cook it till it looks good on the hydro. and taste good and can it. Course I only get 30 to 40 gal. and sell to friends. They love it.
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    Yes I did have a few leaks. Repaired them and...

    Yes I did have a few leaks. Repaired them and restarted and it is working great,
    thanks for the reply.
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    High pressure on Homebilt RO

    Got in a hurry this morning and forgot to open the valve on the cons. side of my 6x150 GPD system. I normally run 150 lbs. and it went into the red zone. Would this damage the membranes?
  12. Thread: Lyme Disease

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    When I was collecting sap at the end of the...

    When I was collecting sap at the end of the season I was finding ticks on Gabe. I suspect that is when we picked it up. I am in northern Indiana.
  13. Thread: Lyme Disease

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    Lyme Disease

    Prior to last spring I knew several people who had been mis-diagnosed with Lyme. One friend went two years before they diagnosed here with Lyme. She hasen't been able to work since.
    So I was...
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    Drop flue pan.

    I run a leader 2x3 half pint. Planning to build an extension and a drop tube pan. I am running 150 taps, mostly soft maple, and they are smaller trees. I have an option to pick up another 40 taps on...
  15. Thread: 2x3 leader

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    I am semi-retired and will be fully retired by...

    I am semi-retired and will be fully retired by the end of the year so I will have the time. I am looking to add more taps this season and would like to speed up the process. More taps less time. ...
  16. Thread: 2x3 leader

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    2x3 leader

    Last year i had somewhere around 120 taps. Mostly soft maple with a dozen hard maples thrown in. I have a leader 2x3 with a blower uf,with which I produced 30 gal. of syrup. I run all my sap...
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    Butter does work.

    Butter does work.
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    Have 93 taps on 3/16 vacumn and 42on buckets and...

    Have 93 taps on 3/16 vacumn and 42on buckets and saks. Been running heavy. My to pump froze up so waiting on a new pump to arrive. In the mean time cooking straight sap. I have soft maple and the...
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    Brunswick Stew!

    Spent all afternoon chasing leaks. I haven't hunted squirrels for 30 yrs. but I think season opened today. Have three 3/16 lines with 93 taps on line with 20 feet of drop so far I can only get 8 to10...
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    Thanks Dave. I have used many of your tips in...

    Thanks Dave. I have used many of your tips in this learning process. Next I need to figure out how to post my history.
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    Thanks for the quick response. Just back from...

    Thanks for the quick response. Just back from Arizona and 80 degree weather to 6 degrees and 16-18" of snow. Going to hang mainline t
    tomarrow.
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    If running a 1/2" mainline how do you the 5 /16...

    If running a 1/2" mainline how do you the 5 /16 into it? This is a quick fix to pick up 30 trees this year. Next year I'll run mainline through the woods to pickup another 100 taps.
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    Thanks, These 30 trees are somewhat clustered so...

    Thanks, These 30 trees are somewhat clustered so I should be able to shorten the laterals. I may be able to get more slope also.
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    I hate to beat a dead horse but at 74 I find I...

    I hate to beat a dead horse but at 74 I find I need a little more explaining to clear things up.I setting in 80 degree weather thinking about heading back home and getting ready to tap.Have spent the...
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    I two have made many mistakes since I started...

    I two have made many mistakes since I started with tubing. Maple trader is my maple bible. One has to sort through all the post to see what applies to your situation. Pictures are good.
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