The enclosed kit has screens which will accommodate most common 18 Gallon Plastic Storage bins. For smaller units such as Rubbermaid, Rough Neck Totes, the screens can be trimmed with a good pair of scissors, shears or utility knife.
Bins are made with various types of plastic. Colder plastic is more brittle. Choose a warm location to do your work.
Electric drill, 5/8” paddle bit, 2” circle bit, small amount of bathtub or silicone caulk sealer.
Step 1- Install Drain fitting
- Drill a 5/8” hole about ½” of the base of the bin at either end (centered).
- Apply a small amount of caulk or sealer around perimeter of drilled hole.
- Remove nut from back of drain fitting and insert through hole. Place nut on threaded piece, twist until secure. Caulk or sealer will prevent any leaking.
Step 2- Insert Screens
- Trim screens down to size if needed.
- Place approximately 1” of gravel or small stone across inside base of bin.
- Place screens in position with finer mesh on top.
- Place landscape cloth on top of screens.
Step 3- Install Screened Air Vents
• These are placed in the top center area of the lid.
• Mark hole locations and place a piece of wood under the lid so when you drill through you will not damage the work surface below, or place lid on container and drill carefully.
• Put vents in and bend back the tabs underneath to hold the vents in place
Step 4- Place Bedding in container. Use at least 8”-10” of bedding.
Step 5- Place worms in bin.
Leave a light on over the bin for at least 24 hours. Worms do not like light and this will insure they stay in their new home. Place some compostable materials in the bin. This will give them a job they love to do.
Refer to worm care and feeding sheet included with kit.