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Using Sand for Run Floor

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by ChickensXOXO, Mar 13, 2012.

  1. ChickensXOXO

    ChickensXOXO Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've decided on using sand for my silkies' pen, as everyone seems to agree it's the best options.
    Now I need to decide how much I need.... how deep should it be?


    It'll probably go to Lowes and get the 50 lb bags, and I need to know how many bags I should get.

    The run is 10 x 10.
     
  2. TonySorrento

    TonySorrento Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You will need a few yards ... you should check on getting coarse sand from a quarry if you can. MUCH cheaper! Google it ...
    What will be under the sand? 4" deep will.be a good depth
     
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  3. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    Hello!

    You've made a great choice! My husband goes to one of those sand and gravel places and gets it by the truckload for me. We get a good scoop in the pickup truck, and it costs us about $15.00.

    If you buy it in the bags, you'll probably have to buy ALOT! LIke 15 bags...I like my sand to be at least 4 inches deep.

    There's no set rule though. :)
     
  4. ChickensXOXO

    ChickensXOXO Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! I'll see if I can get it the other way. Lowes is closer to my house, so that was my first thought.
     
  5. G-Man

    G-Man Chillin' With My Peeps

    I keep the mobile version of this link on my phone.
    It is designed for concrete but I use it for soil, sand.. whatever I need at the time. It will help you determine the cubic yards, or how many bags (40# 60# or 80#) you will need for your project.

    10 x 10 at 4" = 1.23 cubic yards
    111 40# bags
    74 60# bags
    56 80# bags

    The current price for 60# bags of the Sakrete multi purpose sand at HD is $2.98 (Northern California) That's over $220.00.
    Bulk pricing at a yard should be much cheaper.

    Hope this helps.

    http://www.concretenetwork.com/concrete/howmuch/calculator.htm
     
  6. ChickensXOXO

    ChickensXOXO Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow, that's WAY more than I figured I'd get. I remembered a place in North Myrtle Beach, SC where they sell gravel and such, I'll check them out.
     
  7. G-Man

    G-Man Chillin' With My Peeps

    I know, I know.. It doesn't go near as far as you would think.
    I had to fill the stage in our theater (acoustic preparation) with sand a few years ago.. I thought my math was wrong... it just couldn't be that much! So I bought half as many bags as my calculations said.. knowing that I would probably have to take some back. [​IMG]...The calculations were exactly correct! I went back and bought the rest.. 1300 pounds worth. In this case I opted for bags as I needed to tote them into the lower level of our house..
    That was a long day. [​IMG]
     
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  8. ChickensXOXO

    ChickensXOXO Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I appreciate your post, I know I definitely need to go the other route to save money and time.
     
  9. ChickensXOXO

    ChickensXOXO Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm calling tomorrow to find out the price of the sand.
    A friend of ours does landscaping for a living, and he said he'd pick up the sand for me and bring it over for no charge. [​IMG]
     
  10. G-Man

    G-Man Chillin' With My Peeps

    AWESOME! [​IMG]
     

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