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Old 06-12-2004, 10:42 AM   #1
Kevin Roddy
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Just posted this on the mma.tv forum:

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Anyone here have good advice on making a sandbag? Just today I went out and bought an old army ruck/duffel bag kind of thing. My original plan was to double up on something like garbage bags, putting about 100 - 130 lbs of sand in those, duck taping it shut, and then putting it in the duffel. Will this work? Does anyone have a better idea? (better, read: cheap and durable)"


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Old 06-12-2004, 10:55 AM   #2
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Hi Kevin,

I forgot where I got this from, but somebody suggested putting sand into ziplock baggies and wrapping duct tape around those before putting them into the duffel bag. It's the same mehtod I used for constructing 'weights' for my weight vest and they seem pretty durable. This, of course, will take some more time construction-wise and only a little more money (duct tape and ziplock baggies run pretty cheap), but there are advantages, IMO. First, if a leak does occur, it's only a small portion and not the entire bag. Second, if you measure out and put the same amount of sand into each baggie, you have a bag that can be adjusted incrementally by a known amount of weight.

Hope this helps. Let us know how it turns out.

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Old 06-12-2004, 11:14 AM   #3
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Ryan,


Thanks. I'll give that a shot.
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Old 06-12-2004, 11:40 AM   #4
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Kevin,

I gave this a little more thought. The idea of measuring sand and filling and taping about 50-65 baggies (est. 2#/baggie) seems overly tedious to me. Another option would be to construct 6-7 ghetto balls @ 20# each and put those in the duffel bag. Might cost a little more though and it may affect the degree of 'shiftiness' of the weight in the bag. I don't know if that's a big priority for you or not.

You could also vary the weight of each medicine ball. In addition to giving you a quickly adjustable bag, you'll have a whole set of medicine balls with varying weight to play with.

Just some thoughts,

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Old 06-12-2004, 12:53 PM   #5
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For my sandbag I double up two heavy-duty trash bags and fill each with no more than 25 pounds of sand.Works well for me.
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Old 06-12-2004, 01:37 PM   #6
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I'd get the sandbag stuff they use in floods. It's usually around the sand and is very tough, pretty cheap. I'd make some smaller and some larger so you can mix for weight...

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Old 06-14-2004, 07:21 AM   #7
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I use chain. It is still very unstable but I can use it for other applications and it does not make a mess if the bag ruptures.
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