Sandbags are still the best way to put up a quick dike in times of need. They are useful for many things, but the main focus of this is for those fighting floods. It's easy to get a lot of sand delivered quickly, sandbags themselves are cheap, and with a little labor, anyone can protect their home.
Filling the sandbags is the bulk of the work; holding the bags while someone shovels is time consuming, back breaking and tedious. There are many inventions that can help with the process, but most of the ones that work well are expensive.
The Sandbag Tubes are a cheap, simple to make, tool that will reduce the amount of effort required to fill bags and speed up the process. Anyone can use them and they can be used over and over. Because they are so cheap and easy, many sets can be made and used simultaneously.
- No one stuck bent over holding bags
- All participants can shovel
- Does not require lifting the shovel any higher than necessary
- All bags filled correctly and consistently (no heavy/light bags).
- Faster than many machines
Step 1: Buy the Materials
First you need to make sure you have all the required parts.
- One 6" x 10' thin walled sewer pipe
- Two 8 foot 2x4s
- 1 5/8 construction screws (for attaching tubes)
- 3" construction screws or nails (for frame assembly)
- 2' 5" x 1'5" 1/4" or thicker plywood (optional but recommended)
- Saw to cut the tubing and 2x4
- Drill bit to pre-drill the holes for screws (right angle drill is easier)
- Powered screwdriver
- handheld jigsaw or router for cutting plywood (for optional top)