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Sand shed filled

Discussion in 'Equipment, Tools & Vehicle Pictures' started by MSS Mow, Nov 17, 2012.

  1. MSS Mow

    MSS Mow Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 983

    Sand shed is full for another winter. Estimated 200 yards in it.



  2. BC Handyman

    BC Handyman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,943

    how big is the shed? how big is your door opening? how long do you think that will last you(200 yds)
  3. MSS Mow

    MSS Mow Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 983

    I don't have the exact measurements but I would say the building is around 24x36. Might be a little smaller. Door opening is probably 12' wide.

    This will last me a couple years.
  4. Morrissey snow removal

    Morrissey snow removal PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,798

    its nice to have sand at ur shopp so u dont have to count on other people nice shed hope we get some snow soon so u can start using it
  5. BC Handyman

    BC Handyman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,943

    I ask cause it looks like the size I'd want, It is real nice having it on hand, here I cant get and sand on weekends so I got to make sure I have some before weekends, would love to have a sand/salt shed & the place to put it. Happy plowing this year!
  6. G.Landscape

    G.Landscape Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Messages: 851

    Why stock sand for a few years? Why not sure the shed in the summer for other equipment storage, like plow/sand equipment? Is it that much of a savings to buy bulk?
  7. mercer_me

    mercer_me PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,371

    That's always a good feeling to have a full shed. Looks good Dean.
  8. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    Always good to have plenty of sand available here on the coast. Couple of icy storms could put a big dent in the pile and big $$$ in your pocket.

    How hot are you mixing your sand these days?
    Last edited: Nov 18, 2012
  9. fireside

    fireside Senior Member
    Messages: 726

    In my area buying bulk saves over 75% over what you would buy it from in a yard. the cost is pricless to always have product no mater what time of day or night.
    Last edited: Nov 18, 2012
  10. fireside

    fireside Senior Member
    Messages: 726

    Any problem with the walls pushing out with the weight on the walls? How about the intirior walls look like plywood?
  11. ByDesign

    ByDesign Senior Member
    Messages: 373

    I agree. Why sit on a few years worth of sand? Seems like a rather interesting business decision, unless in the summer you are using sand as well. That being said, I think it looks great!!!!
  12. MSS Mow

    MSS Mow Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 983

    First, it's only a couple years worth. Second, like others have said, it's nice to have plenty on hand regardless of what the winter brings. Two years ago, everyone was out of sand in February and we all were scrambling big time to get more screened/salted. There is no such thing as having too much on hand.

    If the building is empty come spring, the owner will use it to store wrecked cars, but it's not critical to have it available.

    I would prefer to have too much than not enough. When I said it would last a couple years, that would be for a "typical" winter. We know what "typical" can turn into. After running out a couple years ago, I don't want to do that again. Plowing snow at 3am and not knowing where the sand you need by 6am is going to come from is NOT a good feeling. Especially when the one I usually count on as a back up was calling me to see if I had any they could use!!

    The walls may move out slightly but no serious problems. The building is not mine, but is that of a friend who used to plow snow. He doesn't use the building anymore so he's letting me use it. It is not a "tight" building. It keeps the snow/rain off the sand and that's all that matters.
  13. MSS Mow

    MSS Mow Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 983

    Absolutely!!! As you know, if we have a rainy (aka icy) winter, we can go through A LOT of sand! And I'm one of the only guys around that actually has my own stockpile (besides the towns) so it's quite handy not having to rely on someone else in the middle of the night when I need to get loaded.
  14. Dewey

    Dewey Senior Member
    Messages: 438

    I hear ya.... I built my sand shed with cement Mafia Blocks up 6' high..... I fill it every year ...Because you never know what winter will bring..... I havn't seen the back wall since it's been built... But thats OK with me :)
  15. Fwilamosky

    Fwilamosky Junior Member
    Messages: 10

    congrats on the fill man. how do you move it all in there? i'm assuming the semi-truck doesn't dump it inside the shed since it's not tall enough.
  16. MSS Mow

    MSS Mow Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 983

    Well the part left over from last year went in with a John Deere 5055 Tractor. Then the new stuff this year went in with a John Deere 990 tractor for the first part and then had to be finished with a Cat Skid Steer with tracks on it (not sure on the model). The skid with tracks was the only way to get it stacked high enough to get it all in. They brought the sand with two different dump trucks, one a 14 yard and one a 25 yard, both straight jobs. They could dump in the door way with about half ending up inside/half outside. The last couple loads had to be dumped outside.
  17. bluerider

    bluerider Junior Member
    from vermont
    Messages: 19

    Do you ever have any problems with the sand freezing? I would think that the concrete floor would be cold enough that you might.
  18. Flipper

    Flipper PlowSite.com Addict
    from CT
    Messages: 1,180

    People still use sand? 200 yards of it? I haven't use more then a yard of two of sand in 10 years.
  19. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 722

    Would you put straight salt on a dirt road or driveway?
  20. adksnowo

    adksnowo Senior Member
    Messages: 370

    If you have permeable surfaces you use sand, not salt. AKA we use sand on gravel/dirt roads & lots.