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How to use sandbags: filling tips and materials

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Sandbags Filling Tips Fill sandbags 1/2 to 2/3 full and tie the bag at the top with the included ties Lay flat when in place This sandbag should weigh between 35-40 lbs. An overfilled sandbag weighs between 60-75 lbs and will leave gaps which will allow water to seep through. Always wear gloves during the filling operation to avoid hand injuries and protect yourself from contaminants in sand and floodwater. Safety goggles should be used on dry and windy days. Filling sandbags is physically demanding work and can easily cause back and other injuries if not careful. Always lift with...

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What's the difference between polyethylene (monofilament) bags, regular sandbags, and burlap bags?

Posted by Sandy Baggs on

A common question we get asked is the difference between polyethylene bags, regular sandbags, and burlap bags. Polyethylene Bags (Long-Lasting Sandbags) Made from polyethylene (an extremely heavy duty plastic) Last up to 3 years under direct sunlight Sizes: 11" x 48" (green), 17" x 27" (brown), 14" x 26" (yellow) Recommended if you plan on keeping them in place for a couple of years Regular Sandbags Made from polypropylene (plastic) Does not last as long as monofilament bags Last about 6 months under direct sunlight Sizes: 14" x 26" (military green, white, beige, or orange), 18" x 30" (white), 25"...

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How to buy long lasting sandbags and burlap bags

Posted by Sandy Baggs on

Having been in the sandbags business for several years, we have found that there are some inferior sandbags on the market. For example, we've seen shops advertising that their sandbags have UV protection when they do not. Another example is when shops sell poorly made sandbags, which are often woven with poor workmanship or made with low-quality polypropylene, decreasing the longevity of the sandbag. Here are a few ways to avoid purchasing low-quality sandbags: Avoid purchasing sandbags that are sold at ridiculously low prices. These sandbags could have been stored for years and are ready to break before it can even...

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What's the difference between burlap bags and sandbags?

Posted by Jason Chan on

A common question we get is the difference between burlap bags and sandbags. Burlap Bags Burlap bags are made from strong jute natural fibers, so they are 100% biodegradable. Burlap sacks are perfect for protecting the environment by reducing plastic waste. Burlap bags last one month under direct sunlight before biodegrading and becoming a part of the natural environment again.  Burlap sacks are used for storing hardware and metal parts, erosion control (14" x 26"), and sack racing (24" x 40"). Poly Sandbags Polypropylene sandbags are made from polypropylene (type of plastic), so they are less expensive than burlap. The issue with...

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