Building instructions: Build the compost sieve yourself


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A coarse-mesh compost sieve helps sort out sprouted weeds, paper or plastic parts that have accidentally fallen into the heap. The best way to do this is with a thief sieve, which is stable and at the same time large enough that you can simply shovel the compost onto the sieve. With our compost sieve brand Eigenbau, you can quickly filter large amounts of compost, so that nothing stands in the way of fertilization with the gardener's black gold.

Build compost sieve yourself

You need these materials and tools to build a compost screen

You need this tool and material

Tool

Workbench, cordless screwdriver, wood drill bit, bits, jigsaw, extension cable, hammer, bolt cutter, side cutter, wood file, protractor, folding rule, pencil, work gloves

material

  • 4 wooden slats (24 x 44 x 1460 mm)
  • 4 wooden slats (24 x 44 x 960 mm)
  • 2 wooden slats (24 x 44 x 1500 mm)
  • 1 wooden slat (24 x 44 x 920 mm)
  • Rectangular wire (aviary wire, 1000 x 1500 mm)
  • 2 hinges (32 x 101 mm)
  • 2 chains (3 mm, short-limbed, galvanized, length about 660 mm)
  • 36 Spax screws (4 x 40 millimeters)
  • 6 Spax screws (3 x 25 millimeters)
  • 2 Spax screws (5 x 80 mm)
  • 4 washers (20 mm, inside diameter 5.3 mm)
  • 8 nails (3.1 x 80 millimeters)
  • 20 staples (1.6 x 16 millimeters)

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Building instructions: Build the compost sieve yourself

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Our screen should be one meter wide and 1.50 meters high. First, we make two frame parts, which we put on each other later. For this we measure four slats each to a length of 146 centimeters and four to a length of 96 centimeters

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With the jigsaw we cut the slats to the right size. The saw-cut ends are for visual reasons - and not to hurt it - smoothed with a wooden file or sandpaper

Building instructions: Build the compost sieve yourself: instructions

The sawn parts are arranged offset and mounted. That is, the pieces push with one end in front of the next bar, while the other passes through the outside

Building instructions: Build the compost sieve yourself: building

At the corners we now fix the two rectangular frames with nails. The final stability gets the construction later by the screwing

Building instructions: Build the compost sieve yourself: sieve

Place the wire mesh precisely on one of the frame parts, preferably in pairs. Our roll has a width of one meter, so we only have to cut the wire to the length of 1.50 meters with the side cutter

Building instructions: Build the compost sieve yourself: building

With small staples, we attach the piece of wire at several points of the wooden frame. It's quicker with a good tacker. Our mesh size (19 x 19 millimeters) later ensures fine-crumbled compost soil

Building instructions: Build the compost sieve yourself: sieve

Then place the two frame parts mirror-inverted. For this we have turned the upper part again so that the seams of the upper and lower corners conceal each other

Building instructions: Build the compost sieve yourself: yourself

The wooden frames are connected with screws (4 x 40 millimeters) at a distance of about 20 centimeters. On the long sides we needed 18, on the short 8 pieces. Slightly offset, so that the slats do not break

Building instructions: Build the compost sieve yourself: instructions

The support for setting up the compost screen consists of two 1.50 meter long slats. With three screws each (3 x 25 mm), the two hinges (32 x 101 mm) are attached to the upper ends

Building instructions: Build the compost sieve yourself: build

The two slats are placed flush with the long sides of the frame and fastened to each hinge with three screws (4 x 40 mm). Important: First check the folding direction of the hinges

Building instructions: Build the compost sieve yourself: instructions

For better stability, we connect the two supports in the middle with a cross strut. Attach the 92 cm long batten with two screws (5 x 80 mm). Pre-drill the holes with a small wood drill

Building instructions: Build the compost sieve yourself: build

One chain per side keeps the frame and support together. Cut chains with bolt cutter or pliers to the desired length, here approximately 66 centimeters. This depends on the maximum installation angle

Building instructions: Build the compost sieve yourself: instructions

The chains are fastened with four screws (4 x 40 mm) and washers. The mounting height, measured by us one meter from the bottom, is also dependent on the intended angle of inclination. Finished is the compost sieve

Build compost sieve

Build compost sieve

Build compost sieve

Build compost sieve

Build compost sieve

Build compost sieve

Build compost sieve

Build compost sieve

Build compost sieve

Build compost sieve

Build compost sieve

Build compost sieve

Build compost sieve

How to determine if the compost is ripe?

A first clue is provided by the thin red compost worms. When they pull themselves out of the pile, their work is finished, the plant remains have turned into nutrient-rich humus. In mature compost no plant remains are recognizable. It smells spicy like forest soil and disintegrates into fine dark crumbs when sifting.

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