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I gave my bin a hefty kick and it worked. No avalanche; I guess I was lucky.
That also is occuring with my flow thru. Also I'm getting worm escapee, a dozen a day. At the end of the day, I try to put them back into the bin but some died or dried out. What is the best way to minimize this?
We're having such temperature, weather swing in southern California. Rain an inch overnight Thurs and now it is 85 degrees day time!
Just give it some time, as you add more to the top the weight will eventually bring everything back down to the bars.
Rick, are you talking about your white rectangular FT?
It seems to be a common problem with FT if it doesn't get harvested regularly. The VC get too compacted, no room to compact itself more to slide down. My reason for leaving VC longer in the bin is to achieve as best quality as I could as most of us do, Or, don't feel like harvesting during the cold season, lol.
With my 96 gal. garbage bin FT, I do not harvest from the bottom any more. It's too hard on my back. What I did last fall, I removed from the top, put in buckets or whatever, until I see good VC. Then I used a garden fork (pitch fork?) and took the remainder out into a RM and then you know, the usual sorting stuff etc. I know this beats the purpose of the FT design. I just take advantage of the extra air/ventilation and not having a mucky bin at the bottom. I do have mucky stuff at the bottom though. In the harvest chamber, that is, from self harvesting. I think the leachate is not leachate but rather condensation. I have a heater cable in it and wrapped the outside with old foam matress and blankets but I guess the walls are still cold and caused condensation that slid down the wall into the harvest chamber.
I have never had a problem like that with any of my FT. I find that once any of my FT get to a certain capacity, they will regularly self-harvest themselves because the weight on top pushes the VC through the grate on the bottom. I suppose you could try to simply push down on the top of the VC see if you can slide it down some?
Just a question, was the plastic lining you used a weed stop kind of plastic or was It a non breathable type of plastic ?
After my first harvest the flow through contents were hung up. So I took a long knife and ran it along the sides. It came down gently right behind the knife in many places.
Recently I harvested again and one corner failed to drop, so I pulled out the knife and it settled right down.