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  1. If it is going to freeze hard for several days...

    If it is going to freeze hard for several days (such that the sap in the tank will freeze solid) the pumps are pulled and laid on their sides on top of the tank, pump line removed from pump and...
  2. I use submersible pumps in 12 locations in my...

    I use submersible pumps in 12 locations in my bush. All have intakes in the middle. I simply lay the pump on its side in the lowest point in the tank and use a float switch to initiate pumping....
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    There are ways to add flavor to syrup but.......

    There are ways to add flavor to syrup but.... There are State Regulations as to what Bourbon Barrel aged syrup is. Check with your State Ag and Markets before trying shortcuts.
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    I run a 4x14 perpendicular to the roof ridge. No...

    I run a 4x14 perpendicular to the roof ridge. No Problems!
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    I think maple is eligible for crop insurance as a...

    I think maple is eligible for crop insurance as a specialty crop but you would have had to be signed up in advance.
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    Dirty Socks! I'm done!

    Dirty Socks! I'm done!
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    Yes, step it up and than back down. I worked...

    Yes, step it up and than back down. I worked with Green Mountain Electric out of St Albans Vt. to plan the system. More than pleased with the service.
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    I used aluminum wire, Only portions are buried...

    I used aluminum wire, Only portions are buried and that is direct buried. Some places it is strung on trees (hard to dig in solid rock).
    3 years and no problems.
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    I transfer power using 4/0 wire and 480 volts...

    I transfer power using 4/0 wire and 480 volts with transformers. Shortest distance is 2200 feet and longest is 7500 ft. My main breaker is only 150 amps because I don't have high amperage demands on...
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    I have heard nothing definite but there are...

    I have heard nothing definite but there are positive signs. The Canadian dollar is up 4 cents from last year which should improve prices by about 10 cents/lb. Packers including Quebec had a great...
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    check your u cup seals

    check your u cup seals
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    Canadian Dollar is also stronger than a year ago

    Canadian Dollar is also stronger than a year ago
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    Hey 802! Been wondering if I'd ever hear from...

    Hey 802! Been wondering if I'd ever hear from you again. Got tapped before the last foot of snow thank goodness as this old body has a rough time of it anymore. Had to give up on wood so have a...
  14. Years ago my Dad set up a gravity fed system that...

    Years ago my Dad set up a gravity fed system that had a pipe near the front of the evaporator with small holes in the bottom side to allow the oil to drip onto the wood. Worked ok but if the oil hit...
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    My routine is to cook it in the evening, put it...

    My routine is to cook it in the evening, put it on the front porch (enclosed) and stir when I get up the next morning. I still use a paddle machine. The porch is cooler than the rest of the house so...
  16. Basically, once the sap is in the mainline and...

    Basically, once the sap is in the mainline and headed downhill there is no need for the vacuum. Vacuum is needed at the taphole to increase sap flow from each individual tap. As long as your...
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    Lee, Call the FSA office in Canton and ask to...

    Lee, Call the FSA office in Canton and ask to talk to Glen Bullock. He will fill you in on the details and set up an appointment for you to sign up. It is first come first serve and based on 2019...
  18. If each 3/16 lateral has approx. 3o ft of fall...

    If each 3/16 lateral has approx. 3o ft of fall from lowest tap to the 3/4 inch, you will have max vacuum on all taps. You will gain no additional vacuum once the sap enters the 3/4 inch mainline. ...
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    I have been replacing spouts and droplines and...

    I have been replacing spouts and droplines and making repairs all summer
  20. With a "flat" bush there is no reason what so...

    With a "flat" bush there is no reason what so ever to use 3/16. You want vacuum transfer to the taphole. I would limit my laterals to 5 or less taps.
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    At a distance of 1500 feet, you will lose most of...

    At a distance of 1500 feet, you will lose most of your CFM's to line friction in a 1" pipe. I would go to 1 and 1/4 at least. I started out trying to save a few $'sand have gone back and redone. I...
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    At least 6 months

    At least 6 months
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    Dave, My machine is called Electromag Netism...

    Dave,
    My machine is called Electromag Netism Induction sealing machine. I have only used it on my plastic sugarhill jugs. I buy the caps with the seals right from sugarhill. If I remember...
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    Not sure on the glass but I have been using...

    Not sure on the glass but I have been using induction sealing on my sugarhill plastic jugs for about 5 years. Always seals and the seal can be checked without breaking the "tamperproof". Love the...
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    Thank you Dr Tim!

    Thank you Dr Tim!
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