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Compost Screen

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Build this attractive screen to conceal unsightly compost bins and other eyesores like storage bins and air conditioners.

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Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

1 weekend

Estimated Cost


Tools and Materials


  • Tape measure
  • Portable circular saw
  • Combination square
  • Corded or cordless electric drill
  • 1/8-inch drill bit with countersink
  • Clamps


  • 2 - Tru-Fit Rail sections (#66981)
  • 4 - L brackets (#315686)
  • 32 - 2x2x42-inch angled two-end treated balusters (#7951)
  • 1 pound 2-inch Premium Exterior Screws
  • 2 - 115-Gallon Super Composter Compost bin (#219273)

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Step 1

Cut Rail Sections. Cut the 6-foot Tru-Fit Rail Sections in half to create four, 3-foot sections.

Step 2

Cut Baluster Slats. To give the screen more coverage, we added additional baluster slats in between the existing rail slats. Cut baluster slats to 29-3/4 inches. Then cut a 45-degree miter cut on the new end.

Step 3

Attach Baluster Slats to Rail Section. Position and clamp the baluster slats in between the existing rails from inside the section (the side facing the bins). Pre-drill holes for the screws in the slats, then attach slats to the sections.

Step 4


Attach Rail Sections Together. Form a V with two Rail Sections. Attach sections together using 2 L brackets (screws provided with brackets). Locate one bracket between the third and forth rail from the top and the second bracket between the third and forth rail from the bottom. Repeat with second section. Position V sections to form a W based on size of bins or storage.  

Dos and Don’ts of Composting
The basic recipe for good compost is: air + water + heat + nitrogen (greens: vegetables) + carbon (browns: dead leaves, grass) = rich, organic compost for garden beds and borders.

Do: Locate your compost near a water source but at least 5 or 6 feet away from other structures (an active bin can put off heat). If your compost dries out, water lightly. Make sure your compost bin has good drainage. Add the following to your compost bin: Non-diseased and seed-free weeds, dead plants, food scraps like fruit and veggie wastes, cow, goat, horse and chicken manure, straw/hay, grass clippings, leaves and coffee grounds. Turn your compost at least once a week. The more often you turn, the quicker your ingredients will break down into rich compost.

Don't: Do NOT add the following to your compost bin: Weeds with lots of seeds or diseases. Pesticide infested plants. Wood ashes, lime, or barbeque charcoal. Meat, grease, or bones. Dairy products. Cat, dog and/or human waste. Plastic, metal, or glass. Large branches or wood chunks.

With proper turning and good mix of ingredients, you should have rich compost in 4 months to a year. Compost is ready to add to your garden when it is dark brown, crumbly and earthy smelling.