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Hi Ben, are those bars/grid the original bottom of the bucket that you cut out? If they are, I hope they can support the weight of the VC once the bucket fills up. Is the system intended for more buckets to be stacked (stackable system)?
Susan: if I remember correctly, you commented on Larry D's FT re. self harvesting as a result of using the weed eater nylon string. I have converted a bucket into a FT using straps for grid. I also used metal washers, hoping it will not rip the drilled holes.
Sue, your bucket looks really good. I had some self harvesting problems for about a week after harvesting, but everything has settled down. Even if you do have some problems, it's not really bad. A previous time I had self harvesting problems, I put one hand in the top over the problem area to hold things in place, and then took several big handfuls of the harvested VC and sort of mushed them in the bottom. I'm sure the material wasn't as loose as the worms would like it, but it stayed. Yours and my systems are small enough that you can put the bin on a table and do that. I'm not sure it would work for Larry's size system. Also, if I have problems in the future, I'm going to put a wooden chopstick perpendicular to and on top of the wires to help out.
Susan, using the chopstick is a good idea because it can be added/removed easily. I have to remember that trick.
I am about to make a second version of this 5 gallon flow through. I would like to carve out the bottom of the bucket like I did on this one. Any suggestions on how wide of gaps to leave between the remaining plastic strips? I was thinking 3/2 inch between 1/2 inch bars?
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