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Thread: 3/16 drop line length and achieving vacuum on plateaued sugarbush

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    I have from 22 to 34 taps, but I think the current recommendations are for 25-30 as ideal. Testing has been done and determined that 37 might be the max. as long as the lateral has the minimum 30' of drop at the low end.
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    With 35 taps, I would split in 2 lines if possible. Reason being is pushing capacity for one thing but main reason is putting all your eggs in one basket. If you have 2 lines and get a leak you are compromising half the taps where if you have 2 lines, you are compromising all 35 taps. I don't recommend going over 25 on one line.
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