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04-09-2002, 07:35 PM
I can box in the bottom of my lathe stand below the shelf and get about 1/2 yard of sharp sand in it ,anybody happen to know what a yard of sharp sand weighs?
In case someone is wondering why sharp sand, I don't believe ants will take up residence in sharp sand.
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04-09-2002, 08:47 PM
I doubt ...unless of course you add sugar, the sand in your lathe stand would be of much intrest to ants. Pure sand is a very poor biulding agent for ants as that it has no organic material in it, and therefore has no cohesion. Their little tunnels would cave as they were built, and even if they could make the tunnels, chambers would be out of the question,. Of course if Im wrong about this, you could always replace the front panel of the box with plaxi-glass and have the worlds biggest ant farm. :+
04-09-2002, 10:06 PM
Surely you aren't planning on dumping a half yard of sand in there? Believe me, it will find every tiny crack and hole and slowly but surely your sand will follow the law of gravity and voila! your floor will become a one big sandpile!! Or are you putting a number of bags of sand in there? I do however like the idea of the plexiglass ant farm...:)
04-09-2002, 10:36 PM
..that I'd be a trifel more conserned you'd have a half yard litter box.
You may or may not have cats. But I'd bet there are some around, you go have a sandwich and they'll have a... a.... well, something covered up in your half-yard.
I think the viberation might keep the ant's out, caving in all the time.
But would that be a wet half yard or a dry one? For that matter, what the heck is sharp sand? I thought most all sand was at least somewhat sharp. Is it like the course stuff for stucco? :)
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04-10-2002, 02:08 AM
Marilyn..........I am ashamed of you making that statement.I said I was going to build the box...........there won't be any cracks,hahaha
Sonny ..... sharp sand is washed,more pure than the beach,pure silica if you will,does not hold moisture and will not mildew .......used for mortar mixes.The top of the box would be a shelf so the kitties couldn't get there little A$$es in there.
Isaac.........and it cuts those little ant feet too
04-10-2002, 10:12 AM
I had the same idea but, knowing how often I have to rearrange my shop to fit in the latest toy, I felt that all that loose sand would be a PITA when it came time to move the lathe. Instead, I used several 25kg bags of "Play Sand" which comes in heavy plastic bags. I have 8 bags sitting on the bottom shelf (over 400 lbs).
04-10-2002, 03:23 PM
Sand density varies between 100-120 pounds per cubic foot. (Or about 3000 pounds per cubic yard)
04-10-2002, 03:40 PM
Thanx Pal,didnt think it would be that much..........but glad it is .
04-10-2002, 06:30 PM
Another alternative to sand is steel shot (or other metals). They are higher density than ceramics (sand) and can get more weight in the same volume. I don't know the price though, we have both at work for free after use.
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