Method 1: Drop Lines
Some folks use tubing to connect their spout to a covered bucket that is sitting on the ground. These short lengths of tubing are called “Drop Lines”. If sealed properly, this is a great way to collect sap and keep it clean.
Many folks prefer to attach their drop lines to the spouts while they are sitting in the warmth and comfort of their home rather than attaching each drop line at the tree. The plastic tubing will be more pliable when it is warm vs when it is cold. When you cut your drop lines, make sure it is long enough to reach from your spout to your bucket.
While it is possible to attach spouts to the tubing by hand, a Single Hand Pliers can be very helpful, especially if you are setting up a large volume of drop lines. Lubricating the barbs on the end of the spout with water can also help the spout connect to the tubing with greater ease.
Method 2: Tubing System
This method connects many trees together and routes all the sap to a single collection location (rather than each tree having its own collection bucket). It’s an incredible time saver and it keeps sap nice and clean.
For the most comprehensive explanation of tubing systems, we point you to the following reputable resources:
This is a Free Downloadable PDF from Cornell University