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Homemade Compost Sifter Plans
simple sifter accomplishes at the back end what an expensive shredder
accomplishes at the front end of the compost operation. If you want to
produce an attractive mulch for formal garden spots, then you'll really
enjoy a sifter. Sifted compost is a beautiful mulch, and anything that
does not pass through the sifter makes an outstanding catalyst when
layered with fresh materials in a new pile.
1. Measure the electrical conduit and cut two pieces 36" long and two pieces 40" long. A tubing cutter is easier to use than a hack saw, so use a tubing cutter if possible. The cuts need not be perfectly square but as close as you can manage. File the cut ends smooth.
2. Insert a piece of tubing 1" deep, vertically, into the vise jaws and close the vise to flatten the end of the tube.
3. Repeat step 2 for the remaining seven tubing ends, making sure that the flattened ends of each tube are parallel.
4. Drill holes in the centers of the flattened sections.
5. Cut the poultry netting to 40" long, being careful of sharp ends on the chicken wire. Use pliers to bend these sharp ends and align them with continuous pieces of wiring.
6. Using 4 or 5 zip ties, attach the 36" width section of netting to one of the 36" pieces of tubing. Leave the ties a bit loose for now.
7. Attach the two 40" pieces of tubing to the 36" piece with two of the machine screws, lockwashers, and wingnuts. The poultry netting should be between the two pieces of tubing. Loosely fasten the netting to the 40" tubing pieces.
8. Attach the remaining 36" tube to the 40" pieces with the screws, lockwashers, and wingnuts, again placing the netting between the tubing.
9. Tighten the zip ties and clip off their ends. The sifter is now ready to use.