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North Spore Shop: Bulk Substrate

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tips on making substrate and casing layers level
    #3132566 - 09/14/04 01:31 AM (17 years, 10 months ago)

Hey I was just wondering how the pro's are able to get the perfectly even substrate and casing layers necessary for a great flush. Do you use any markings for measurments, special containers or anything? Thanks for your tips :thumbup:


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Re: tips on making substrate and casing layers level [Re: distortion]
    #3132730 - 09/14/04 02:05 AM (17 years, 10 months ago)

I sterilize a ton of knives for easy use. Most butterknives have one side that is almost perfectly straight. I use that to level substrate and casing.

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Re: tips on making substrate and casing layers level [Re: distortion]
    #3132766 - 09/14/04 02:11 AM (17 years, 10 months ago)

Try to get the pieces of broken substrate reasonably similar size. Its generally the larger pieces that maybe need to be broken in half that cause it not to be level. The first impulse when you are casing is to try to do it as fast as you can and just get that layer over, I would say still try to be fast, but pay as much attention to getting that level layer, it will help greatly. Fastfred is right about the evening up of it using an implement to aid with leveling too.

If it doesn't come out evenly then you need to patch it. Patching is an art in itself but quite interesting.


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Re: tips on making substrate and casing layers level [Re: distortion]
    #3133146 - 09/14/04 05:37 AM (17 years, 10 months ago)

I use the back of a tablespoon. I mix up a glass of .3% h2o2 and keep the spoon in that between uses.


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Re: tips on making substrate and casing layers level [Re: distortion]
    #3133203 - 09/14/04 06:21 AM (17 years, 10 months ago)

one good tip on getting the casing layer even is use egg rings filled with the casing mix layed closely to eachother and then smoothed out with a sterile fork :smile:


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Re: tips on making substrate and casing layers level [Re: distortion]
    #3133326 - 09/14/04 08:28 AM (17 years, 10 months ago)

Nickel sized pieces or substrate work best and getting substrate level is really fairly simple and gets easier with each casing so don't sweat it but strive for it. Casing layers are a bit more difficult but will also come with time so don't sweat it either thats why we patch and that isn't really necessary for decent flushes but patching and going for those awesome pinsets means your just taking your growing skills one step further. :wink:


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Re: tips on making substrate and casing layers level [Re: psilomonkey]
    #3133857 - 09/14/04 12:24 PM (17 years, 10 months ago)

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I use the back of a tablespoon. I mix up a glass of .3% h2o2 and keep the spoon in that between uses.




Just make sure you not pressing down AT ALL. You want to have a spreading motion, so as not to pack down the casing at all.  :thumbup:


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Re: tips on making substrate and casing layers level [Re: ricelicker]
    #3134064 - 09/14/04 01:25 PM (17 years, 10 months ago)

A fork works the best hands down! I would never use a spoon BTW.


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