Soil Sieve for Turface (Al's Gritty Mix)?

greendale(6B)November 28, 2012

I built a soil sieve to screen the turface using insect screen and some wood. But it collapsed after a couple times. (I am not good at building things). I come across the following 2 soil sieves on internet, do they serve the purpose to screen articles less then 1/16" (or is it 1/8")? I do not know what the number (4, 5 and 10 mesh) means. Or there is a better product that I did not know about (for this purpose?)

Here is the link

Soil Sieve 1

Soil Sieve 2

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mrlike2u(**)

"mesh" sizes of 3 1/2 to 400 are designated by the number of openings per linear inch in the sieve.

4 mesh = 0.187 inch = 4.75 mm
10 mesh = 0.075 inch = 2 mm

4 mesh particle sized wouldn't pass though a 5 mesh cause 4 mesh is bigger than 5 mesh... Metric sizes reflect apx. the biggest particle sizes passing though the screen in millimeters.

I may of said what doesn't pass though backwards

Personal preference I dont favor the ones you posted in link

    Bookmark   November 29, 2012 at 2:33AM
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Loveplants2 8b Virginia Beach, Virginia

See if these may work for you.. i posted these for Conrado. I like to use strainers for Turface. Strainers are available in Walmarts HD. and Targets in the kitchen section.. Works great.. I scoop the Turface, sift and collect the fines for sowing seeds and then place the sifted Turface in Five gallon bins with a lid for usage later..

Here is the link below.....
Take care,

Laura

Here is a link that might be useful: what is better : top watering , self-watering or bottle type drip

    Bookmark   November 29, 2012 at 3:16AM
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jojosplants(9/ Tucson, Az.)

I use the same rectangular one as Laura, also from Wal Mart.Works great! And one similar to the other she posted a pic of for the fines.
Below is a link to a thread I posted awhile back with a sieve I got for the 3/8".

And I have a small set with one in it for the 1/2" if I chose.

JoJo

Here is a link that might be useful: Link for Sieve

This post was edited by jojosplants on Thu, Nov 29, 12 at 8:19

    Bookmark   November 29, 2012 at 8:15AM
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greendale(6B)

mrlike2u - thanks for the explanation -"by the number of openings per linear inch in the sieve. " - how come 4 mesh = 0.187 inch? should it be 1/4 = 0.25 inch?
Laura/Jojo - thanks for the tip of kitchen strainer, it would be cheaper too.

    Bookmark   November 30, 2012 at 1:52PM
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mrlike2u(**)

how come 4 mesh = 0.187 inch? should it be 1/4 = 0.25 inch?

Each thickness of wire spread out in each linear inch also occupies space. If given is an equal size of thickness of all wires in each linear inch a rough estimate would be # 3 1/2 mesh could equal 0.25 inch.

    Bookmark   December 2, 2012 at 12:44AM
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greendale(6B)

right, forgot the thickness of the wire. Thanks mrlike2u.

    Bookmark   December 2, 2012 at 9:35PM
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succulent_succotash

What mesh size would be equivalent to a 1/8"?

    Bookmark   June 13, 2013 at 6:29PM
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succulent_succotash

mrlike2u, is there a reason why the metal soil sieves are not favorable?

http://www.amazon.com/Soil-Sieve-Stainless-Steel-diameter/dp/B0007P4JAU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1371168454&sr=8-1&keywords=soil+sieve

    Bookmark   June 13, 2013 at 8:09PM
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