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  1. Our November and December were pretty benign, but...

    Our November and December were pretty benign, but our January has been pretty cold. Our average low temperature is 9C or 16F colder than last year. I was hoping for the predicted mild spells, but...
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    I just wanted to thank you again. It was a simple...

    I just wanted to thank you again. It was a simple thing to do, which I did today for the first time, and once you do it once, you become a pro at it, but if you dont know the trick, it is a puzzler.
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    Thanks for the tips on where to get fittings in...

    Thanks for the tips on where to get fittings in the future. I did pick up 2 of the 4 today and the other 2 arrive on Thursday, then I am back at the build.

    Also thanks for the emphasis on...
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    I decided to get all new fittings between the 5...

    I decided to get all new fittings between the 5 micron filter housing and the 400 gpd membrane housing, so that it stays 3/8 tubing between them. I will use a 3/8 to 1/4 reducer coupling between the...
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    I started building my RO today. A good day to do...

    I started building my RO today. A good day to do it as 30 cms (12j of new snow is falling, in addition to the 21 cms (8) that fell on the weekend. Sap flowing seems so far away, but I digress.
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    Thank you very much!

    Thank you very much!
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    Now this question will make you laugh. When I...

    Now this question will make you laugh. When I stuck the 3/8 tubing into the fitting for the 5 micron fitting to see how it fit, I was surprised that it stuck inside the fitting. But I understood it....
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    Today the last of the components for my RO...

    Today the last of the components for my RO arrived, the 400 GPD membrane. I think I will build it similar to Dans, with a slight modification to hold the membrane housings.

    I want it to make it...
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    So to jump way ahead, I thought came into my head...

    So to jump way ahead, I thought came into my head today. When you use buckets, near the end of the season you will notice a change in the sap and at worst you throw out the one bucket with bud sap. ...
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    Thanks for the tips. With the snow and ice off...

    Thanks for the tips.

    With the snow and ice off the lines, the vast majority of the lines look tight.

    Fortunately when I did install them, and when I did have a long unsupported run, I made a...
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    I installed my lines and drops in October. I...

    I installed my lines and drops in October. I first put up the lines pretty tight, then installed the drops, sometimes cutting out a short piece of line, just to make them a little tighter.

    My plan...
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    Fireant911 shared with me a picture of his RO...

    Fireant911 shared with me a picture of his RO setup. It is innovative and not something I ever would have thought of. I likely will still go with mounting mine on a flat board, because of space...
  13. Found it: https://youtu.be/WuxL5UqtRGQ It...

    Found it:

    https://youtu.be/WuxL5UqtRGQ

    It is in French, but has English subtitles.
  14. This is one video, I have another much better...

    This is one video, I have another much better one, I am looking for.

    https://youtu.be/pkNrHS1RJ2Y
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    Reading old threads, I came across one where a...

    Reading old threads, I came across one where a person was having troubles with flow in their RO. One suggestion was that the feed tank had to be above the feed pump. Someone later on said they had no...
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    I didnt take any pictures, but I bet I had 3 circumference of ice and snow around the lines. I walked all of the lines and removed the ice and snow. Some were pretty weighted down by them. I am not...
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    Thanks. I am on the same page as you. I saw...

    Thanks.

    I am on the same page as you. I saw the CDL Hobby RO’s and wondered if I should make something more compact, than running the components lengthwise on a board.
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    When I assemble my RO, I have the option of the...

    When I assemble my RO, I have the option of the membranes being vertical or horizontal. Does it matter to the effectiveness of the membranes, which way they are oriented?

    Thanks

    Gary
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    The polar vortex has shifted east. I think the...

    The polar vortex has shifted east. I think the colder nights some people wanted will be realized. It is definitely winter here and much of January looks to be pretty chilly and colder than average,...
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    I may run the 400 gpd in series with the two...

    I may run the 400 gpd in series with the two 150’s. Depending on the concentrate output, I may RO from 7 am until 10 am to build up a starting supply of concentrate in the garage. By 10 am it should...
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    I just ordered the 400 gpd membrane and will try...

    I just ordered the 400 gpd membrane and will try and sell the others. I will change my plan on how I will use the RO and will just start ROing an hour or so before I start to boil and I will use...
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    Ironically, yesterday I picked up more parts for...

    Ironically, yesterday I picked up more parts for my RO and I was going to start assembling it today, but that now is on hold.

    When I decided to build an RO and ordered the parts, I did not have an...
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    The sap lines sure can ice up and get snow on...

    The sap lines sure can ice up and get snow on them. I expect it to melt off on Sunday.

    https://share.icloud.com/photos/0baQle4cPagoGeJ_EVGgTORsg
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    I think the App is used a lot, but sap isnt flowing yet, so no one is reporting yet. I find it great for knowing the boiling point of sap at my location , taking into account the air pressure. It...
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    Thanks. Is the ideal Brix 66, or 66.9? My...

    Thanks. Is the ideal Brix 66, or 66.9?

    My impression was that if you stayed below 68.9 you would be safe from the crystallization problem, but maybe I misread the range and maybe I should shoot...
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