washing playsand

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  1. Pugsly

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    just want to hear how do you guys get your sand washed without having most of it washed down the drain - want to see if someone has a faster / better way of doing things
     
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    i fill my bucket/container halfway, and fill it with water and let it overflow, then use a broomstick to swirl it
     
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    Pugsly ...I will get nailed for tjis most likely :p but I use one of those large black storage containers (holds 1/2 a bag easily) into which I have drilled bout 8 mm holes in the side .

    Then I stick a hosepipe under the sand and vigorously move it around. the gunk keeps flowing out the holes (if you slant the container slightly even better)

    I then do 2 last washes with RO
     
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    I washed mine in small portions in a small bucket. Washed each portion about 5-6 times. It helped as i could control the bucket better than a big bucket.
     
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    yup takes lotsa elbow grease im afraid no easy way around this unless u can get a few guys to wash it for you. Takes about 5 - 7 rinses before its clean.
    Put an amount in a container, fill with water, mix it up with your hands or stick pour water out repeat until water is clear
     
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    hmmm thanks for the input here - basically what I have done - thought maybe someone came up with a genuis plan.

    @Frans - thats not a bad idea will give it a try with one of my old salt buckets and see how it works.
     
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    Cool Pugsly , just make sure you give it a good rinse with RO afterwards .....or just get your trusty garden engineer to help
     
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    lol frans
    Don't trust my garden engineer - going to make us of my domestic engineer instead
     
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    Eish Pugsly ...also playing with a minora blade......mine once washed my tank with windowlene.

    Luckily it was next to my dining room table & I was working inside the house (my office is outside) and as soon as I got the smell......:cursing:
     
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    Pugsly Thread Starter

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    exactly but I weigh up my options sometimes - 4 lawnmowers "in sy moer in" in one year to one vacuum stuffed in the year - my judgement tells me to go with the vacuum operator!
     
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    :rofl::rofl::rofl:

    know the feeling, bought a brand new petrol edge trimmer..6 months ago...have to have it fixed now
     
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    get a better landscape engineer...

    Actually it would have been cheaper to have had Garden Service for this year.
    Garden Service VS 3 lawnmowers.

    (or get better lawnmowers)
     
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    going to go the garden service route rather from next year! And yes - the mowers set me back 3k each time!!! wolff one!!! you don't get better than that
     
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    Hi Pugsly,

    I used a 5ltr container that you buy water in. Filled it one third full with sand and then add water. Shake it and pour out the water. I did this about 15 times for each "load". Then put the sand into another 5ltr container with water that I had from water change and let it stand overnight.

    Hope this helps!
     
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    Inflames, that is a clever idea.

    We reefers do not need weight training dumbbells. We do it with water cans.

    I used a old standard 60L tank, and hosepipe and a 10cm layer at a time. Can see when it is clean. Then I rinsed it the last time with RO water.
     
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    And my arms were lame for like a week from shaking...also took me a few days to do the whole 20kg bag!!!;)
     
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    After 5 washes my sand was still still filthy...


    I was closer to this, I must have washed in excess of 12-15 times. The benefit of washing it so many times is not only is it clean but most of the finer granules have washed out in the milky water. Thus less cloudiness in the tank. But one fault I made was not "curing" it in RO for a few days. I reckon it helps the tank settle a little quicker and might reduce the Diatoms outbreak a little. My 2 C's ;)

    Howz this mess

    [​IMG]
     
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    Maybe i had a clean batch. LOL yes nice Foam
     
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