View Full Version : Sandbag construction

Troy Archie
11-17-2007, 07:08 PM
I'm making a sandbag and am curious if putting wet sand into the zip-lock baggies is a bad idea...
It's winter and dry sand is a rare commodity and it just doesn't seem to want to dry out even in the house.

Frank Needham
11-18-2007, 06:57 AM
My first idea is that it may create mold problems so dry would definitely be better. How about the oven, dry out say 5 lbs at a time? Another thought, your local building supply should have dry sand in the masonry section.

Gant Grimes
11-25-2007, 12:06 PM
Pulverized limestone from Home Depot runs about $4 per 50 lb. bag. Dry and cheap.

Patrick Johnston
12-30-2007, 06:38 PM
I've filled sand bags with both of the following: 5# zip-lock bags of rock salt (the kind used for water softeners), "playground gravel". You can buy either at most big-box hardware stores. Both work well.

Sam Cannons
01-10-2008, 12:15 AM
I found gravel works best so far. Has a better feel.

Scott Kustes
01-10-2008, 05:53 AM
Just go buy it. I think I got 100#s at Home Depot for like $6. Section it out into 5lb Ziplocs, double bagged, with the opening duct taped. That makes it difficult to leak and makes the bag adjustable.