Sand: For any Job, Big or Small

Sand is a multipurpose material that is inexpensive and virtually bottomless. Few people realise the power that sand has in a majority of applications. It is even resistant to deterioration and pests. It’s not just something that gets stuck between your toes at the beach anymore.

Let’s Start off Small

Maintenance and Repair:

  • Clean up oil spills in your garage by covering it with sand, the granules will soak up the oil and you can sweep it away easily.
  • Steady an object for repair with an ice-cream tub of sand i.e. put parts of the cup that has broken together in the sand; this will keep it stable while the repair glue dries.
  • Clean your garden toolsby plunging them in a bucket of oiled sand..
  • Level paving with sand for an even walkway.
  • Improve traction on roads in extremely cold conditions.
  • Improve traction on railroads.

Décor and DIY

  • Fill paper bags or jars with sand and secure a lit candle in the middle of the jars to create a storybook walkway/ for romantic venue decor.
  • Fill your kids’ sandpit, playground or a volleyball court for fun weekends with friends and family.
  • Give your paint more “tooth” or grip by adding a ratio of sand to your paint.

Now for the Big Ones

Agriculture:

  • Mix sand with soil to create the ideal growing conditions for crops to yield.
  • Drain large dairy farms.

Sand in Industry and construction:

  • Concrete– Sand is used as the major component in concreteto create a solid, unmoving foundation for building.
  • Mortar– Similar to concrete, sand is the backbone of mortar.
  • Bricks– Sand is mixed with clay to create a durable brick that is used for building large scale projects.
  • Roads– Sand is an essential component to building roads as it is mixed with tar and gravel to create a smooth surface withtraction.
  • Fibre Cement– When sand is mixed with cement and wood fibres, it can be used for panelling that is fire-resistant, does not rot and is pest repellent.
  • Sand Bags– These are used to redirect water away from machinery in the event of a space flooding.
  • Fill material– This is applicable on smaller scales, like a hole in your garden, but sand on an industrial scale is used to fill great chasms.
  • Drainage– Sand is also used on a huge scale for drainage and erosion control.

The next time you go to the beach you might appreciate how much the sand burning the soles of your feet does for industries everywhere. Sand is much more than what you shake off of your towel at the end of a beach trip, it is in almost everything.

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