Welcome to FC, mr. Bojanglez. 1. My SSV isn't much older than yours and it's also my first (electric) vaporizer, and I'm starting to notice that it varies per strain. My screens usually last over a month or so before I decide it's time to put in a new one, but the strain of marijuana I got now is absolutely terrible. I'm having a really hard time making a screen last more then 2 bowls, it's that saturated. After the normal scraping I always do I attach the wand with the handsfree adapter I normally don't use, put it a little higher then I normally do, and vape from the stuff that's still stuck to the screen through my waterbong for half an hour or so. After that procedure it's kind of usable again for a little while. Can't wait to turn the ABV from it in to a tincture though, and I'm gonna throw in the clogged up screens as well this time. The best way to go about is to scrape it clean with the poker every time you empty a bowl, pull out the hose of the wand and blow it out from the end in which the hose is inserted or both as hard as you can. Make sure you also scrape around the edge of the screen where most of the build up occurs. I like to stir the bowl in between every or every other hit and also scrape the screen a lot when I'm doing that as well. 2. There are different ways to collect the hasj from the wand. The simplest way is to just scrape it out from the end the hose goes in with the poker, but you could also use alcohol to dissolve it and then let the alcohol evaporate so it'll leave you with just the goodies. If you prefer a clean looking wand every once in a while this is probably the way for you. I recommend doing some more reading about it if you want to try the last method since I don't have any experience with it myself. Just search for 'wandhash' using the FC search option or google.