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Old 07-14-2009, 11:05 PM   #1
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measuring/weighing sand for sand bags

What do you recommend for measuring/weighing sand for sand bags? I've tried using a bathroom scale, which was handy at the time, but it doesn't work well since the floppy bag often spills over the side or covers the readout.

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Old 07-14-2009, 11:41 PM   #2
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Re: measuring/weighing sand for sand bags

I was having the same problem with the bags blocking my view of the numbers on a typical bathroom scale, so I did the following:
Step 1: weigh yourself
Step 2: put some sand in the bag
Step 3: stand on the scale with bag of sand in hand
Step 4: Subtract the number in step 1 from the number in step 3 to get the weight of the bag of sand
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Old 07-15-2009, 06:53 AM   #3
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Re: measuring/weighing sand for sand bags

Put a big pot or bowl on the scale, zero it out, and then measure the sandbag inside the pot/bowl.
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Old 07-15-2009, 08:03 AM   #4
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Re: measuring/weighing sand for sand bags

I do it 5 lbs at a time with a digital kitchen scale.
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Old 06-29-2010, 09:39 PM   #5
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Re: measuring/weighing sand for sand bags

I know this is an old thread, but I was doing a search for sand bag stuff and saw this thread. I figured I had something of quality to add and I don't know if it's already been said in another thread so here it goes:

1 and 1/3 cups of dry sand weighs 1 pound.

I don't remember the exact source off the top of my head, but it's something I've remembered for years since I first saw it.
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Old 06-29-2010, 11:24 PM   #6
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Re: measuring/weighing sand for sand bags

You could get a 5 gallon bucket and fill it with sand and weigh and mark it every 5-10lbs or so. That way you can easily fill/refill the bag to the weights you want (if you wanted to change weights).

I used to have a large cup that would give me 5lbs each scoop. At the time I was training for a heavy hike so I'd fill my sandbag(s) with a scoop/5lbs of sand each week. It was very easy and way better than getting a scale out and weighing each time.

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