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#1 Cicolid

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Posted 11 June 2008 - 01:07 PM

I have spent hours & heaps of water washing used gravel in the past & thought there must be an easier way.

I converted this bucket to make washing gravel much faster & easier.

Just cut the bottom out of a square sided bucket, leaving a 15mm lip all round.

Get a piece of mesh with holes to suit the size of gravel to be washed .
I used the mesh from an old audio speaker laying around. Cut this to fit the bottom of the bucket, fix with silicon & a few self-tapping screws.

Take any container larger than the bucket, this one cost me $7.50. I find the black plastic last much longer than the clear ones.
Just put about 5cm of gravel in the bucket, place the bucket in the plastic crate filled with water, dunk it & swirl it around. 90% of the dirt it washed out very quickly. Replace with clean water when needed.

I have also used this for removing shells & small pieces of rock etc form limestone sand & crushed coral.

Hope this saves you some time.


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#2 dragonkeeper

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Posted 11 June 2008 - 02:31 PM

What a really good idea biggrin.gif

#3 viid

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Posted 11 June 2008 - 04:38 PM

waterwise smile.gif

#4 Bluey

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Posted 11 March 2009 - 09:23 PM

Thanks Col,
The pics came through ok .... and as they say, great mate!
I will attempt making similar this weekend.
Cheers, Ray.

#5 n30

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Posted 12 March 2009 - 08:42 PM

I just use one of those cheap black plastic pots with many small holes that I think are used for ponds... ???
You can find them in most LFS. I have seen them in Vebas and Aquotix.

#6 Cicolid

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Posted 14 March 2009 - 08:03 PM

The bucket had a split in the bottom, so it was useless, the mesh came from an old speaker which was broken and about to be binned, so all it cost me was 30 minutes of my time. smile.gif


#7 DR14GoNF14SH

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Posted 04 April 2009 - 10:33 AM

Very good idea col...now can u devise something for my fine sandy substrates...LoL

#8 Cicolid

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Posted 04 April 2009 - 05:17 PM

Just use finer mesh tongue.gif tongue.gif

Believe me I have tried everything I can think of for washing the fine Limestone sand I get locally, nothing works.
It's just a matter of washing it repeatedly & draining off the dirty water.

If anyone comes up with an idea please let us all know. smile.gif


#9 Jadrow

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Posted 25 April 2009 - 07:25 AM

Well i just had to wash 60kgs of gravel and thought this is going to take ages.
Looked in the backyard and seen daughters trampoline that has the webbed matt on it thought maybe this may work.
Placed 20 kilo of gravel on there spread it out and then started hosing it off worked a treat washed all 60kgs in a cpl of hours.

Cheers Pete

#10 Blackcats

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Posted 25 April 2009 - 10:23 PM

I have also used an old trampoline mat for washing gravel and it worked well but wasn't much use when washing fine sand.


#11 DavidK

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Posted 06 June 2013 - 10:12 AM

For fine sand I used a pillow case and a tub of water
That was for my river sand

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