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Help with sandpit please!

Discussion in 'In the Garden' started by The Mrs, 21 Mar 2020.

  1. The Mrs

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    I have a wee lad who loves digging up my garden, so have decided to build him a sandpit to stop me from pulling my hair out! The only thing is, the cost of sandpit sand is exorbitant!
    I was just wondering if I could buy some sand from a builders merchants instead. If so,could someone give me a recommendation of which type?
    Thanks in advance!
    The Mrs!
     
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    Sure, I can't see any reason why not.....builders sand should be fine, occasionally the colour varies a bit which is no problem - sharp sand has a coarser grain and shell particles.
    Do cover the pit over though when not in use, it will prevent contamination.
    John :)
     
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    I think ordinary builders sand will have alsorts of chemicals and whatever to help it bond with concrete etc, wickes do a sandpit sand, £4.50 for 25kg.
     
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    Fair comment guys, I assumed that 'washed' builders sand was exactly that.
    John :)
     
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    Building sand dies everything yellow. Your kid will look like a Simpson.
    Make a lid
     
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    ...Otherwise it will become a public toilet for every cat in the neighbourhood! :confused:
     
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    Without a lid, the local cats will love it.

    Andy
     
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    Copy cat!
     
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    For sure, I've no comment to make regarding added chemicals or colouring etc.....
    In my dad's building business (1921 - 1985) I used to play in and form it from the late 50's, and collect it from the washing plant in ancient Bedford 3 tonners after that.
    The sand either came from high dunes - where there was no salt - or river beds. The particle size was particularly uniform - I was told - and didn't need further crushing as a rule.
    John :)
     
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    I use ready mixed lime pointing mortar and company said the different colours were obtained by using sand from various parts of the country /areas as dyes were not reliable
     
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    Thanks very much for the replies!
    A lid will certainly be built, I don't want the neighbours cats having another reason to come in and dig up the garden!!
    I'll take a look at the wicks website now☺️
     
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