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Well i found out what dead sand is
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markct    Posted 07-02-2003 at 19:21:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
its basicly the silt that they wash out of masons sand, looks like pond silt, packs together real well. i got 7 tons of it today in my big ford, was a pretty good load, went and leveled the spot for the pool with my fathers NAA and 3pt dirt scoop, yea we got a loader backhoe, and a dozer, but there a pain to transport, the little NAA zips up the road, and with the scoop is super manuverable in the small yard too

Spence    Posted 07-03-2003 at 12:30:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
Whatever is left out of sand after washing is
clay residue, plant fibre and other rubbish not suitable for drainage or mixing. The drainage quality of sand is due to it's granularity, being just right for water percolation. Smaller sized grains bring you down to clay silt not good except for water retention purposes like dam building etc.

CLOD    Posted 07-03-2003 at 19:03:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
I think Spence is right on that.

DeadCarp    Posted 07-02-2003 at 19:53:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
Learn something every day - you'll have it under the pool, right? :) Dead sand sounds like it would weigh out a little heavier than regular - long as it's sand. There are strong things other than sand tho. I recently visited an outfit called EnviroCrete (i think) in Becker Mn, and they make pellets out of coal ashes, which are then sized and used to make cement blocks, poured walls etc. Pretty interesting in that they have improved the product strength while saving 1/3 of the weight. That means maybe we can use 12"
blocks that weigh the same as 8" or whatever. SAY, that will get a basement built :)

markct    Posted 07-02-2003 at 22:07:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
i could be wrong on this, but i seem to remember hearing once that cinder blocks were called "cinder" blocks because they had cinders,probably from coal locomotives, cast into them, maybe to reduce the weight,cut on concrete costs, as some kinda agregate, im not sure the reason, but i know my father pointed out to me some cement blocks we had around that were basicly crumbling, and told me those are "true" cinder blocks with cinders in them, thats why they are so crumbly.

DeadCarp - not cinders    Posted 07-03-2003 at 06:32:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
These are different from cinder blocks - what they have is a small mountain of coal ashes from the power plant nextdoor, and right now they're just using the new ones and keeping the mountain from growing. They add stuff and tumble the ash into pellets, it sets up, then they crush the pellets to desirable size depending on use. They can make a sidewalk or driveway that water goes thru so it stays dry, pretty handy for ditch crossings etc.

Clod    Posted 07-02-2003 at 20:17:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
Weights of various building and construction materials .

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