Thanks for the tip. I didn't have any problems with compacting the grain bed, but I'm almost certain my FG suffered as a result.
No it wasn't all that difficult, it was only my second batch ever... but all in all I think it turned out. Even if all I got out of it was learning how to improve my next batch, it was worth it. Add 5 gallons of decent beer ontop of that and it's way worth it!