What are sandbags?
A sandbag is traditionally a burlap sack that is filled with sand or dirt. They have been used for years during flood seasons to direct the flow of water and create run-off channels and things like that. They have also been known to be used as supplemental protection in bunkers.
Filling a sandbag
Filling a sandbag is pretty easy. All you need is a shovel, someone to hold the bag open and dirt. A good sandbag should be 2/3’s of the way full. If you make them too full they will be too heavy and cumbersome and also will not conform to fill any gaps that are left open. If you don’t fill them enough they will be TOO floppy and flat.
When creating a wall it’s best to use a stair step pattern to create a very sturdy structure:
- Try not to stack your sandbags up too high, you don’t want them to fall over.