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Old November 21st, 2013, 09:14 PM
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Its coming together as planned. Thanks to everyone on sugarbush who has helped . I probably have read the ro threads a zillion times and keep picking up tips.

Xyz5150 told me a few years ago one of the reasons he likes sugaring is tinkering and building stuff thru trial and error. I must say these are fun to build! :)

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Its a single post machine with a shallow well feed pump and a fluid o tech HP pump. I do have an extra vessel and pump so it may be 2 post before January. Lol..... When finished it will have a low pressure switch that will turn off both pumps if needed. That way I can collect sap or do other things and still run the ro.

The HP pump hasn't been mounted yet. I'm thinking of somewhere in the pic would be good and still allow a place for the wash tank . I'm trying to keep everything inside the frame so insulating a small cabinet of sorts will be easy. Also , I have 4 casters to weld on and then it will be portable.

I have seen prices all over for what these cost but if you do your homework deals can be had. I'll be in way under a $1000 easy. :)
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Old November 21st, 2013, 09:21 PM
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nice looking build wishlist
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When it come to wheels remember that it will walk on you if you don't have locking wheels get good ones so it can roll over crap. I like the red wheel ones from HD. Looking good will you be using slide gate valves from Ebay...hint hint
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Old November 22nd, 2013, 10:24 AM
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looks good Bob. what are you useing for a membrane?
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Old November 22nd, 2013, 10:32 AM
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Using the xle 4040 Rich. Seems like it works good for others. Are you gonna come over and fire this thing up for me? I'll have all the appropriate PPE....hard hat, safety glasses, hearing protection ,steel toe boots, and a 1/2 steel plate to stand behind ! :)
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You might want to stand behind a blast shield when you fire that thing up. Steel toed boots will be handy when things start falling off.
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Hey wish .....
Looks good ..... you are a craftsman!!!!!
Ya got room for another membrane too!!!!!
That will run like a top ...... you will never want to boil raw sap again!!!
Good job!
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Old November 22nd, 2013, 08:32 PM
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Using the xle 4040 Rich. Seems like it works good for others. Are you gonna come over and fire this thing up for me? I'll have all the appropriate PPE....hard hat, safety glasses, hearing protection ,steel toe boots, and a 1/2 steel plate to stand behind ! :)
Yes i would like to be there. Im really interested in the lo pressure shut off
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Old November 23rd, 2013, 09:03 AM
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Wishlist, that is one heck of a good looking RO that you made. Great job.
Post more pics of the details please.
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Old November 23rd, 2013, 09:31 AM
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Thanks Dave, just one question? Where should I put the soup can to catch the leak? Just trying to build one like yours! ;)

Dennis, I'll post more picks of plumbing etc as soon as I start on it. Tuesday the 1/2" male npt x pex elbows for the ball valves should be in and then it will really take off. I was worried they would be expensive but $1.62 each isn't bad. Local plumbing shop ordered them .

I'm using Whitey 3 way ball valves. They make a nice panel valve that uses only one hole . Allows for alignment much easier.

Does anybody know if I can buff scratches out of the aluminum panel? If so , how? Its 12 gauge and local metal shop had it as a scrap piece. Picked it up for $10. :)
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