compactors are super cheap. I got one for less than $15.00 after s/h. No risk of plastic getting left behind either.i always just used a cigarette cellophane, rolling pin, and an over on low heat. just heat and roll till you got a nice rock. always felt weird to be smokin the stuff :s
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Is this the Space Case Pollen press or equivelent model? The one with a metal body, two delrin pins/posts, and two metal caps? If so, there are many tricks you can do to make this press work better.
#1. Cut two small circular pieces of clear rolling paper the size of the heads of the pins/posts. Put one on the top of the inner pin before putting the keif inside and then add the other to the top. This will prevent the pressed hash from sticking to the pins. Simply peel off the pieces of clear rolling paper off and youv'e got a nice intact piece of hash. And if you can't get all the cello paper off for some reason, who cares, it's meant to be smoked anyway! The idea is to use the clear papers as liners for the pins.
#2. With the caps on and the keif pressing tight inside, tape over the creases on the press where the caps meet the body of the press. Then run the entire press under hot water. After getting the press nice and warm, dry it off and remove the tape. Continue pressing tighter, the heat should allow you to go futhur now. This will allow the trichomes to meld together more easily, eliminating the chances of a powdery crumbly hash. I have tried a space heater as well, the hot water is faster and cannot get too hot as to degrade potency.
#3. For maximum pressure, don't use the caps. Put the press in a vice with the caps off and use this to press the hell out of it. Better leverage equals more force equals tighter and slower burning hash.
As you can probably tell, I've used this thing alot.