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Re: [APD] Soil Screens


I have made my own screens using galvanized woven wire cloth of various mesh 
sizes. Make a bottomless and topless box out of 1x6 pine, cut the cloth to 
fit and then nail strips of 1/4 inch plywood onto the bottom to hold the 
cloth in place. I finish mine with boiled linseed oil and let it dry for a 
day or so. I have screened all of the substrate in my present tanks with 
these screens and have not experianced any problems with any zinc which 
could have been abraded by the screening process.

If you want stainless steel go to McMaster-Carr at www.mcmaster.com. They 
sell 304 and 316 stainless as well as a number of other alloys. Catalog # 
85385t818. Search for this and you will be in the section of wire cloth. 
Pick your size and alloy.

They also sell the seives but they are very expensive compared to making 
your own. A 12 inch dia by 4 inch deep sieve in the size range we would want 
in brass costs $108.92. They have Galvanized steel wire-cloth Riddles with 
plywood sides for about $30.00 Catalog #3285k35 or polyethylene frames cat. 
# 3415k17 for $45.00. My homemade ones work great.

Jerry Smith Bloomingdale, NJ

>Message: 1
>Date: Thu, 27 Oct 2005 22:29:32 -0700
>From: Jerry Baker <jerry at bakerweb_biz>
>Subject: [APD] Soil Screens
>To: aquatic plants digest <aquatic-plants at actwin_com>
>Does anyone know of local stores that might carry soil screens? I have
>tried garden/landscape supply places and such, but no luck. I want to
>try my luck at screening out some good river sand from a local river and
>see what that stuff looks like.
>Jerry Baker

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