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can i use packing peanuts to fill the space between a dog-eared four foot fence and a clay dirt bank? ? Answered

using packing peanuts in a unusual way - my concern is will they last and environment concerns such as air emmissions and ground water contamination

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Re-design

10 years ago

lemonie is right, use gravel. It will drain well with out washing out. The peanuts will come to the surface and get blown away if you use them.

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lemonie

10 years ago

Too soft, use gravel instead. L

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Gorfram

10 years ago

1) No, they won't last as such. In a year or two they will be small, soggy, squooshed-up bits of styrofoam peanuts. And water-logged styrofoam might not be so good for a wood fence. (Keeping water away from the wood might be even be why that space was left when the fence was built). B) AFAIK, any air emissions would be way too small to cause a problem or even to be noticeable. iii) Some styrene monomers might leach into surrounding soil and water, but probably not enough to make any sort of a difference (although you shouldn't bet the farm on my over-the-internet supposition). Me, personally, I'd happily drink water from a well 50 feet away from the styrofoam-packed fence, but wouldn't drink any water (even after appropriate filtration) taken from right under the fence.

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orksecurity

10 years ago

I wouldn't; too compressable. Gravel and/or dirt, packed in, would be a better bet.