Begin drilling a 7/16th inch hole at a small angle. Discover quickly that your drill battery is close to dead. Wait an hour for it to charge, and resume drilling.
Knock the spile into the hole.
Watch it immediately start dripping sap.
I added some plumbing - a 3/4 elbow and some Pex water piping to run the sap into these "borrowed" five gallon water bottles.
Within an hour we had a quart of sap, enough for a quick experiment.
Next steps are to create a boil/evaporation system outside. It takes about 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of maple syrup. That's a lot of boiling. If we did it indoors we would humidify our kitchen with a sticky mess.
We are very excited!