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I couldn't help myself; I went shopping at buy'n'large err Walmart in search of a flow through bin materials. It was a tough decision, given that I am of the opinion Walmart is evil incarnate, but I puckered up and went shopping. I bought a 13 gal garbage can, some wooden dowels a can of spray paint and a jigsaw. All in all it cost $52. I probably could have done without the jigsaw, which cost $30, but who can resist an excuse to buy a new power tool? Besides, it made my life easier. I wanted to paint the dowels to ward off rot, so I bought some metallic looking spray paint that looks pretty neat with the glossy black bin. I also needed to use a drill, some side cutters and hot glue for the dowels, all of which I had already. I plan to "obtain" some snap-on round louver vents from work for the lid. Until then, I'll just leave the lid open. Now all thats left to do is move the worms in to their new home. So here it is: my new flow through:

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Comment by Susan B on September 12, 2010 at 4:04pm
Spectacular. It looks perfect. I hope it works well for you. Just line, dump the RM contents and start feeding!
Comment by Tammy B. on September 12, 2010 at 4:11pm
That looks really nice Steven. I'm so jealous! I really have to get some EFs! My Africans would never follow the rules of a flow through. They're in every level of my WF, including the leachate tray and the top tray that has nothing in it but dry newspaper.
Comment by Steven on September 12, 2010 at 5:18pm
The worms have moved in. I moved the bedding handful by handful so I could get an idea of how things were going. There was some nice VC at the bottom of the RM, and loads of juveniles working the bedding and some fruit I added only a few days ago. I guess I have upended their world though, all the VC is on top of the bedding now. I put the food remnants to one side. I covered everything with a wetted cotton T-Shirt to try and get control of the fungus gnat problem. I think I will just leave everything be for awhile and let the bin sort itself out.
Comment by Steven on September 12, 2010 at 5:57pm
Thanks everyone for the advice, and particularly Susan, who's bin I basically copied verbatim, for the inspiration!
Comment by Rebecca Wilson on September 12, 2010 at 7:59pm
Wow! That looks fabulous, great job!
Rebecca =)

Walmart IS evil incarnate. I am surprised you got out of there intact!
Comment by Steven on September 13, 2010 at 6:40am
Lol Larry! We call the red one tarje with an "outrageous French accsan'" seeing as it is the classy discount store. The ads are driven by the googlemachine. They target them based on what you search for. Right now mine are all worm related. I have to get out more :)
Comment by Tammy B. on September 13, 2010 at 4:04pm
If the FBI collects data about people based on their google searches, my file would have a gigantic question mark on it. And I'm pretty sure it would be stamped "approach with caution".
Comment by Steven on September 13, 2010 at 8:25pm
So I struck out on the louvers at work, we don't stock them anymore. Now I need to buy/make something else or just cut holes/grill in the lid. I was wondering if I really need to though? The lid is not sealed, there is about an 1/8" gap all the way around, you can see it in the top most picture. Do you think that is sufficient, or do I really need to vent?
Comment by Susan B on September 13, 2010 at 9:44pm
I don't think you need a vent. If it gets to wet at the top, open the lid for a while.
Comment by Steven on September 18, 2010 at 10:29am

I added a vent, like the type on computers. I opened the bin a couple of times this last week and found the air on top was pretty hot, so i think it was needed. Besides; it looks good.


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