I totally get it. I don’t know how DJLsb gets anything to work well. I’m sure he has it down, but if I try to use half the cotton he does, I get nothing but dry, flavorless hits. I went about the same route you did. I ended up not rolling my cotton beyond the very end to thread the coils. Using about 1/4 to 1/3 the cotton he and some others use. I’m finally getting great flavor across the board on my attys. Once filled, non of my atty’s leak. Having said all that, I have a few with juice control that I fill off the mod with a damp rag handy. There are a few that will initially push liquid out during the filling process. I would rather have that and flavor.