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    On Ray's machines and maybe many others, the open...

    On Ray's machines and maybe many others, the open side of the U shaped cups face down and they seal when the pressure in the housing increases, that pressure forces the 2 sides of the U shaped seal...
  2. My 25-28 gal draw off tank has a full cover. The...

    My 25-28 gal draw off tank has a full cover. The tank is on wheels and I can roll it back and forth the short ways I need to and I have a male adapter on the auto draw valve and move the tank right...
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    I've always shut off my feed line. I actually...

    I've always shut off my feed line. I actually have a freeze proof valve on the head tank (a ball valve with a rubber of some type ball so it can freeze without bursting the valve). like this: ...
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    NO, not a good idea!

    NO, not a good idea!
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    I guess mine mounted on the tap board must be a...

    I guess mine mounted on the tap board must be a tap driver, I guess I just mounted it without looking very closely.
  6. When you open the line at the top you get sap,...

    When you open the line at the top you get sap, but you also pull contamination into the line, shortening your season. Don't rush it, the sap will flow when it's ready, impatience causes problems.
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    5 yr old, uncleaned lines are my thought. I got...

    5 yr old, uncleaned lines are my thought. I got good flow on 3/16 BUT I change every tee and connector in the system every year, plus I flush the lines after every season. Then last year I filled the...
  8. Thread: Boil rate

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    I would also think much higher, if the right gun...

    I would also think much higher, if the right gun and nozzle. I get 70 gph+ on wood without a steam away. My guess would be more like 100-110 gph, but just a guess. And maybe as much as 85 without...
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    I have one mounted on my tap display. When I...

    I have one mounted on my tap display. When I bought the evaporator that I now have, then replaced the pans after 3 seasons, I got an assortment of old taps. I just mounted one of each and used it...
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    Over the years I've had several failures to seal...

    Over the years I've had several failures to seal with bottles with a cardboard seal, (maybe 1-3%). I never had a failure with caps with a seal like these ...
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    Same here, mud daubers only. My drops just hang.

    Same here, mud daubers only. My drops just hang.
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    Will this find vacuum leaks?

    After another Trader asked about finding vacuum leaks, I offered mine. I had so many ask after that, that I did a search online. This is what I found ...
  13. You will need to know what membranes it has, ones...

    You will need to know what membranes it has, ones for water are not the same ones used for maple. Plus you will need to watch the plumbing, On water RO's they throw out the part we keep.
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    On a first boil you will never get as much as...

    On a first boil you will never get as much as tests say you should unless you completely finish off the contents of the pans. On my 3x8 sending 10% concentrate into the float box, I can boil for...
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    Normal on any diaphragm pump, as long as it goes...

    Normal on any diaphragm pump, as long as it goes more towards the pump you are good.
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    I've boiled all sugars, and more recently about...

    I've boiled all sugars, and more recently about 50/50 sugars and Reds. The scum you got in the filter looks quite normal, I can't make out what the other 2 pictures are.
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    Nice start DairyVet. Glad to have you aboard....

    Nice start DairyVet. Glad to have you aboard. Keep the kids interested and keep it a family affair.
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    I'd complain to whoever you bought it from and if...

    I'd complain to whoever you bought it from and if no satisfaction there complain to Honda.
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    I'm not familiar with how large the hollow plates...

    I'm not familiar with how large the hollow plates are on a Smoky Lake filter press, but one reason you see numbers all over the place is because different presses have widely varied capacities in the...
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    I hope you sanitize the buckets extremely well...

    I hope you sanitize the buckets extremely well before collecting more sap in them. Maybe if you don't want to snap the lids on tight, could you come up with a way to fasten them on so the coons can't...
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    Toss both for 10 minutes, then if you want, you...

    Toss both for 10 minutes, then if you want, you should be able to keep the permeate.
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    All sounds good, except 2 taps in a 4" tree that...

    All sounds good, except 2 taps in a 4" tree that is being cut down this year. If you want, I guess 1 tap would be OK, but you really are fooling yourself. At 4" the crown willo be so small, that tree...
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    I agree 650-900 is far better stack temperature....

    I agree 650-900 is far better stack temperature. Split the wood wrist size, criss cross it in the arch for more air flow and only fill about 2/3-3/4 full. Get a timer, start refueling every 7...
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    Not likely, try the 1/4" valve with the 3/8"...

    Not likely, try the 1/4" valve with the 3/8" tubing reduced back to 1/4 at that valve. If that gives you too much pressure you need to find a 3/8" needle valve. Try Graingers or other industrial...
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    Maybe it was made on a Monday morning or a Friday...

    Maybe it was made on a Monday morning or a Friday afternoon.
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