Uses for Sandbags
Many people’s experiences with sandbags revolve around flood control. They certainly do the job better than just about anything else available. Because they can be transported empty and filled on site, they can quickly reach areas with little else available or where heavy equipment can’t.
When filled, one person can easily carry and place a sandbag. With an interlocking stacking pattern, (Read our previous blog on How to Correctly Create a Sandbag Wall) sandbags create an excellent barrier to water. For flood control, they can be used to repair levies, create a barrier around a house, or simply block water from entering under doorways.
But sandbags and emergency sandbags have so many more possible uses. After flood dangers have passed, people often have sandbags left over. Learn how to correctly dispose sandbags after flooding. The same properties that make them excellent for building barriers for flood control also make sandbags great for building a variety of other structures.
Burlap bags can be used to make raised garden beds and for growing plants. Because of their flexibility and relatively small size, sandbags can create raised beds of almost any shape. All that’s left is to add dirt and start planting.
They can be also used for garden retaining walls. Using the same alternating, interlocking pattern as used for flood control can create a strong retaining wall. Just as with raised beds, sandbag retaining walls can take on almost any form desired. The wall becomes a design element along with serving a function. Sandbags can also be used in water logged areas and gardens with sensitive plants. They can be laid out as either steps or an entire footpath.
Empty sandbags can be used to carry garden supplies or the garden’s bounty. Their material allows for airflow, so trapped moisture won’t cause produce to rot. They alos work for carrying things outside of the garden.
The alternative, sustainable, and green building movements have grown a lot recently involves creating a sandbag structure. Offering strength, low cost, and minimal technology required makes them an ideal material for these sorts of buildings. For this purpose, the walls will require extra reinforcement. There are companies that use uncut sandbag tubes for building homes, utilizing arches, domes, and other strong structural design elements. Of course, professionals should be consulted to ensure building safety.
There are many more uses for sandbags. Filled sandbags can be used for extra weight in the back of a pickup for traction in snow and ice. Sandbags can be used for exercise. Weight is adjusted by the amount of fill or number of sandbags. The exercises are virtually limitless.
With a creative imagination and some manual labor, the possibilities for using sandbags are virtually limitless.
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