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    We didn't get enough to boil, trees still mostly...

    We didn't get enough to boil, trees still mostly froze up so we dumped the totes last night. Looks like a week out for sap again. OK by me, going fishing Thursday-Monday :cool: We'll have...
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    Pumps are and we are collecting. Find out...

    Pumps are and we are collecting. Find out tomorrow afternoon if we have enough to fire up.
  3. We did the same as UB29, they work good.

    We did the same as UB29, they work good.
  4. The correct setup is what maple flats suggested,...

    The correct setup is what maple flats suggested, no more than 10 taps per lateral. We are redoing our bushes so they are set up correctly and are doing 5-6 taps per lateral. You can do whatever you...
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    That looks like it’s working OK to me.

    That looks like it’s working OK to me.
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    All tapped in. Set up totes tomorrow and...

    All tapped in. Set up totes tomorrow and shurflos on Sunday. A little plumbing to do in the shack and ready to go.
  7. Certainly nothing wrong with having a pattern...

    Certainly nothing wrong with having a pattern whether large or small scale. I personally don't worry too much about it. They key is having drop lines that are long enough. After pre-making 36"...
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    If you’re really concerned about it, you could...

    If you’re really concerned about it, you could use different color tubing for the drops from year to year. Blue, green, grey then start over. Like others, we’re on a 4 year cycle and just change...
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    You didn't do anything wrong and you certainly...

    You didn't do anything wrong and you certainly can't call it a bad season. It hasn't started yet! I wouldn't expect much this week, even in southern Maine. They may thaw out tomorrow and run some...
  10. There's a lot of variables there but assuming you...

    There's a lot of variables there but assuming you are on gravity or buckets then it can run for a couple days early in the season before shutting off. It will peak at some point then gradually slow...
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    Agreed, hate that crusty snow on top. Only did...

    Agreed, hate that crusty snow on top. Only did one front flip in snowshoes today because of it :lol: Hopefully Wednesday softens it up some.
  12. Put in just under 30 today. Screwed 1 up which...

    Put in just under 30 today. Screwed 1 up which my mistake. Wire was in the way and I didn’t realize it. Had another not fuse good, pulled it off and taped the line. All others came out great. I...
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    Ran the spin seal today and got the lines hooked...

    Ran the spin seal today and got the lines hooked up in 1 bush. Ran 1 line of 3/16” along our rock wall bush for 30 taps. This line has always produced amazingly for 30 taps. I am guessing around...
  14. I think you need to consider the regional...

    I think you need to consider the regional differences. We rarely have above freezing days from mid January through February. Cold helps keep bacteria at bay. Never been to Ohio but it’s safe to...
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    Don’t want to hijack this thread. But to answer...

    Don’t want to hijack this thread. But to answer your question, we are starting our first year of zap bacs. I spoke with a member on here (mountainvan) who has been using them longer and at a higher...
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    They can have slack, just maintain pitch with no...

    They can have slack, just maintain pitch with no low spots. You can also wrap them around the tree to use up extra length quickly.
  17. We’re fortunate enough to have a buddy that just...

    We’re fortunate enough to have a buddy that just says use it. We’ve used it more than him. I am going to force him to take at least $100 this time. We’ll only need it one more time next season for...
  18. Only mistake I made first time was that I tried...

    Only mistake I made first time was that I tried it and set it up on a piece of tubing that was is in our unheated shack. Figured it would be close enough. When I went to the bush and tried it, I...
  19. Welcome, sounds like you figured out the viscous...

    Welcome, sounds like you figured out the viscous cycle that is maple syrup producing. It never ends so just accept it and move on :lol:
  20. Yes, saddles on prelash is a pain. We are...

    Yes, saddles on prelash is a pain. We are running the spin seal on our newly installed mainline this Sunday. Worked great last year on that new mainline. 1 more line to redo next year. Once you...
  21. Stay away from those old holes best you can and...

    Stay away from those old holes best you can and try to tap 8-12” above them. Make longer drops if needed to get to new areas. The old holes will heal but what was done is considered cluster...
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    We use a 1” feed line. Our evaporator will do...

    We use a 1” feed line. Our evaporator will do 50+ GPH. We like the clear pvc so we can see the sap. More expensive but nice to have.
  23. We shoot for 10”. I’m sure we may have tapped an...

    We shoot for 10”. I’m sure we may have tapped an 8” or 9” one in the past.
  24. Are you saying there is 1 horizontal or 1...

    Are you saying there is 1 horizontal or 1 vertical row of 9 holes on the tree? Or several rows around the tree? Sounds like may be they just tapped in 1 section of tree and not necessarily...
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    We'll be tapping at the end of the month. With...

    We'll be tapping at the end of the month. With the snow we have and more likely Friday, it will take at least 3 days of sunny near 40 degrees to wake up our trees. I don't think we'll miss anything...
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