soil screener

Gary McCarthy

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Over the winter months I screened my first bags of soil using the typical small hand held screens. It took me exactly one 40 lb bag to realize that was definitely NOT the way to go. So my second spring project was to make my own larger soil screener. I took advantage of the nice weather here in the northeast today to get that done. I thought it turned out pretty well. It measures 18" x 30" with 1/4", 1/8", 1/16" screens.
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Over the winter months I screened my first bags of soil using the typical small hand held screens. It took me exactly one 40 lb bag to realize that was definitely NOT the way to go. So my second spring project was to make my own larger soil screener. I took advantage of the nice weather here in the northeast today to get that done. I thought it turned out pretty well. It measures 18" x 30" with 1/4", 1/8", 1/16" screens.
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When I built mine, I used hardware cloth for the 1/4" and window screen for the 1/16" and called it a day (in my dry climate, I don't need to remove the 1/16"). Where did you get the 1/8"? Ordering from a wire mesh company is pretty pricey, since they require a minimum purchase and they deal in much larger quantities.
 

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Nice job! Might want to add a few drawer handles to each tray for easy lifting and shaking...
I'm also interested in your source for 1/8 screen.
 

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Over the winter months I screened my first bags of soil using the typical small hand held screens. It took me exactly one 40 lb bag to realize that was definitely NOT the way to go. So my second spring project was to make my own larger soil screener. I took advantage of the nice weather here in the northeast today to get that done. I thought it turned out pretty well. It measures 18" x 30" with 1/4", 1/8", 1/16" screens.
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That's awesome!
 

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I liked yours so I built one as well.
Used handles on the top screen to help shake it($1.22 ea. On clearance at HD)
Smaller box on top I already had is 3/8
Next is a tad larger than 1/4
The next is about 3/16
And then screen mesh for the bottom approx 1/16
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Gary McCarthy

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For those of you that have a similar type sifter to what I built, what did you use for your 1/16" screen? I used window screen and I'm not finding it very sturdy. Is there a thicker type of wire screening that will hold up better when there's the weight of the soil on top of it?

Thanks.
 

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For those of you that have a similar type sifter to what I built, what did you use for your 1/16" screen? I used window screen and I'm not finding it very sturdy. Is there a thicker type of wire screening that will hold up better when there's the weight of the soil on top of it?

Thanks.
Might try putting a layer of the heavier mesh under the 1/16 mesh to help hold it up under the soil weight.?
 
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