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  1. I checked out your property on Google Earth. It...

    I checked out your property on Google Earth. It seems obvious that you don't have a heavy concentration of mature sugar maples. There might be soft maples but that you'd need to check from the...
  2. We love Burke. It's a great little community...

    We love Burke. It's a great little community with a lot to offer.

    The best way to assess the potential for 300 to 500 sugar maple trees is to walk the property and look for clusters of maple...
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    I had posted earlier this year about on-demand...

    I had posted earlier this year about on-demand tankless water heaters. I got a quote that came in over $4,000 so I decided to stick with the small electric hot water heater tank that I have, at...
  4. I agree with the fix. I'm surprised you were...

    I agree with the fix. I'm surprised you were able to neck it down. I've seen it from a tree falling but not from myself tugging on it.
    Ken
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    Another concern is how far is your pump from the...

    Another concern is how far is your pump from the power source. You will need to select the wire size based upon the distance. If the size becomes impractical you'll need to install a variable...
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    Remember this discussion from a couple of weeks...

    Remember this discussion from a couple of weeks ago? Maybe less an issue now that winter feels like winter.
    Ken
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    The idea is to preinstall the T into the drop as...

    The idea is to preinstall the T into the drop as others have said.
    Also, I like to leave the spout off my prefabricated drops. When I tap, I'll install the spout on the tree and hand connect the...
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    I also prefer the straight drops when I detap and...

    I also prefer the straight drops when I detap and just let them hang and drain during the offseason. The curly ones I had from 2 years ago trap the sap.
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    I like the precuts because of how straight they...

    I like the precuts because of how straight they hang, and just as importantly how straight they lay for handling. Grabbing a couple hundred straight drops with Tees to take out in the sugar bush...
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    Thanks for your responses. Ken

    Thanks for your responses.

    Ken
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    What are you using for a tapping drill?

    Merry Christmas everyone. I've been tapping with my M18 Drill/Driver and it's starting to feel pretty heavy, even with the small batteries. Then today, I got a an M12 Right Angle Ratchet. It got...
  12. Thread: No squirrels

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    I assume you've got nut trees - oak, hickory,...

    I assume you've got nut trees - oak, hickory, etc.

    If you do then you've got squirrels. Look for their tree nests which are easy to spot this time of year.
  13. Thread: No squirrels

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    Do you have a bird feeder? Mine usually hang out...

    Do you have a bird feeder? Mine usually hang out there. Too much work chewing acorn shells you know.
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    I agree with Brian, I think you could change...

    I agree with Brian, I think you could change things up in your process resulting in more efficient boiling (fewer hours) and keep the press you have.
    Ken
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    I think you need more evaporator capacity and not...

    I think you need more evaporator capacity and not filtration. I can't imagine boiling for 10 plus hours and then still doing a reheat and filtration step after. And, doing another reheat and bottle...
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    I put a heavy towel over mine to help hold the...

    I put a heavy towel over mine to help hold the heat in between draw offs.
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    I have plenty of work here if you get bored. Ken

    I have plenty of work here if you get bored.
    Ken
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    Tonka - An even better procedure for driven...

    Tonka -
    An even better procedure for driven posts is to pull your wire first and then use the wire to guide your post locations and to select the right height. I'd bet a surveyor couldn't drive a...
  19. Thread: The Onset

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    I was doing some woods work and fell right on my...

    I was doing some woods work and fell right on my but into a swampy area with about 8 inches of icky water, mud, and slime. What a mess. I even had mud and wet leaves in my pockets! Then I go home...
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    Comments - You should provide some sill plate to...

    Comments - You should provide some sill plate to top plate longitudinal and transverse diagonal bracing in your walls for structural stability. The posts should also have some tie-down capacity. ...
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    I have tried something similar but I found it...

    I have tried something similar but I found it impossible to drive a straight line of posts, particularly in my boney soil. The result is a zigzag alignment which is not helpful with minimal slope. ...
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    You might not have much pipe section left after...

    You might not have much pipe section left after installing a cam which might be very critical for you depending upon the pitch and the number of taps upstream. One of the biggest advantages of the...
  23. I'm wood-fired and we take it up to about 15% in...

    I'm wood-fired and we take it up to about 15% in a single pass. I've heard that you shouldn't go higher than that for wood-fired but I'm not sure why.
    Ken
  24. Gabe, In your situation with just 18 taps, you...

    Gabe,

    In your situation with just 18 taps, you should be able to take extraordinary measures. Worst case, you could pre-wrap each spout individually so they don't get contaminated in the field. ...
  25. I am somewhat challenged on spout management and...

    I am somewhat challenged on spout management and cleanliness during tapping. By the time I get to the bottom of the spout bag, there seems to be a fair amount of bark debris and drill shavings with...
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