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    Tap, tap, tap, how is it that I get vacuum after...

    Tap, tap, tap, how is it that I get vacuum after 2 sap ladders, an 8' lift and a 11' lift when at my releaser I have 27" and at the end of the mainline I have 25-26" and at my end tap I get 24"?
    I...
  2. Thanks for the heads up Herb. I still own 2 of...

    Thanks for the heads up Herb. I still own 2 of them but after getting a LOAC 2 hand tool I quit using the Hot Ends system, the LOAC is faster and I don't need to carry a second battery when working...
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    I've had a light in my hood for at least 8 years....

    I've had a light in my hood for at least 8 years. It is an enclosed light with a glass globe screwed onto the light fixture. It was rated for wet locations. No issue so far.
    Mine looks like this...
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    If you keep the lines tight (very few leaks) you...

    If you keep the lines tight (very few leaks) you can have more than 1 sap ladder on a main. In fact on my small system I have 2 ladders on one main and 2 on another. With each ladder you will lose a...
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    What is your RO pump? All commercial RO's will...

    What is your RO pump? All commercial RO's will have no issue, if on a shurflo, it should still be OK but that may depend on the pressure on the RO.
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    I was originally going to add up to about 100 new...

    I was originally going to add up to about 100 new taps this year, now I'm not sure. My lines are in fairly good shape, some limbs down on laterals but none on mains.
    I've been splitting more wood,...
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    I agree Steve. While I was only a back yarder 1...

    I agree Steve. While I was only a back yarder 1 year, *I still identify with the smaller producers. I like to read all of the ways back yarders get inventive in their effort to improve boil rate or...
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    Didn't you say the 2x4 had one divider? If yes,...

    Didn't you say the 2x4 had one divider? If yes, if you run the 2x4 in front (after your 8" plate) with the 2 boxes facing the smaller flat pan, you will then have sap going into the first flat pan,...
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    The best way I've found is to run the drop on the...

    The best way I've found is to run the drop on the hook or eye after you go around the tree. That way you have no "dead" section. Then when you clean the lines that gets cleaned too.
    What method do...
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    Just because the North American Maple Producers...

    Just because the North American Maple Producers bible doesn't say it smells bad, that in fact is when it works best. Then the pans get cleaned ande rinsed with good potable water and dried.
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    Being both pans are flat bottom, pick which ever...

    Being both pans are flat bottom, pick which ever you choose, but make the draw off for syrup in the front pan. If you can arrange it, drawing from the front pan but at the back end for syrup draw...
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    I think you should store the membranes in a...

    I think you should store the membranes in a preservative sold by or recommended by your membrane manufacturer.
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    With Covid, my sales are ahead of all previous...

    With Covid, my sales are ahead of all previous years. I sold more on my website and lots more at my one retail outlet. By Aug 1, I had surpassed LY sales, in fact I had passed all previous years....
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    I certainly would never tap trees in a cemetary....

    I certainly would never tap trees in a cemetary. No, I'm not superstitious, But rather because of the embalming fluids used. Not worth the risk!
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    Try the manufacturer or maybe Bascom Maple. I got...

    Try the manufacturer or maybe Bascom Maple. I got a seals kit from Bascom for a double vertical releaser that was 10 yrs old, however it took 7-8 months to get it.
    If they have it in stock it gets...
  16. Thread: Meet ups

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    I use packing peanuts and sometimes flat sheets...

    I use packing peanuts and sometimes flat sheets of foam padding. I have also used bubble wrap sheets in the past. I bought 12" x 100' boxes of 3/8" bubble or 1/2" bubble. I pack them tight, I still...
  17. Thread: Bascom's?

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    I figured they would have it fixed in short order.

    I figured they would have it fixed in short order.
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    I'm not familiar with those totes, but I read on...

    I'm not familiar with those totes, but I read on some I got which had things like apple juice concentrate, orange juice concentrate, safflower oil or Pure vanilla extract that had a tag on them,...
  19. Thread: Bascom's?

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    it appears their security certificate expired....

    it appears their security certificate expired. I'll bet they will fix it in short order.
  20. Thread: Fill stop?

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    I believe on Chris's (The Maple Guys) one it uses...

    I believe on Chris's (The Maple Guys) one it uses 2 laser beams, when the syrup reaches the set height it instantly shuts the valve off. If Chris sold the rights to it, he will tell you where to get...
  21. Sap is safe for 2-3 days if under 40F, longer if...

    Sap is safe for 2-3 days if under 40F, longer if colder. Concentrate is safe if kept just above it's freezing point at whatever sugar concentration it is at. Syrup, awaiting bottling is ok at 40F for...
  22. I used to just drain my pre-heater when I shut...

    I used to just drain my pre-heater when I shut down, cover all openings (float boxes and pans). Then one time I had to shut down during a boil to clean the syrup pan. I didn't drain the pre-heater in...
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    My releasers have always been outside. Yes, on...

    My releasers have always been outside. Yes, on rare occasions they froze, but only once was it a big problem. If you do as johnallin suggests you will likely have no issues. If the pump is remote...
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    I'm not familiar with that pump but if I can read...

    I'm not familiar with that pump but if I can read the label correctly, it uses 3.5A at 12V. That would be when moving water or sap, air and intermittent sap would be less. That battery is too small,...
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    Does you syrup have a slight burnt taste? Since...

    Does you syrup have a slight burnt taste? Since most using steam pans have them set up so they end up getting a burnt line on the sides of the pan, that can have a big affect on the flavor. A flat...
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