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Old 03-01-2006, 11:36 AM #1
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Sandbags for airball fields

Due to the hassles and safety issues associated with stakes, I am considering switching over to sandbags as a means of holding down my airball field. I know the knee jerk statement is "Don't do it. The bags will break" but I believe I have solved that problem. What I wanted to know is how much do the bags need to weigh in order to prevent them from blowing away in a high wind(say 40 mph) and to reduce the chances of them moving a lot when players slam into them. Is there anything else I need to consider before making the switch? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 03-01-2006, 11:42 AM #2
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An alternative you might want to consider is to fill the bunkers partially with water and then blow them to full size with air.
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or fill pvc with sand or cement and cap the ends thats what the fields around here do
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Old 03-01-2006, 11:48 AM #4
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they would have to way a lot... how are you going to connect them to the sandbags? Bungee cord?

Keep in mind, it's pretty hard to secure something with sandbags and expect it not to move when you have a 160 pound player sliding into it.

I'll ask my local indoor field what weight they use.


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tKeep in mind, it's pretty hard to secure something with sandbags and expect it not to move when you have a 160 pound player sliding into it.
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Much less when my 225 slams into that sucker. The field we play at most often uses the partial water fill method and it seems to work very well. It takes a little practice to get the amount of water right, but after that it's pretty simple.
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Old 03-01-2006, 01:47 PM #7
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bu what if you're not leaving them out there?
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Old 03-01-2006, 03:06 PM #8
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You spill the water out after use. The material that the bunkers are made from is very similar or the same to what they make rafts from.
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It seems like, unless you let them completely dry, the bunkers would mildew while stored away. I use sandbags indoors (and so do many others) and it works well, but I cannot comment on how much weight would be needed for high winds. I think that a typical sandbag holds about 30 pounds of sand - times four corners on most bunkers equals 120 pounds. Sounds like it should hold, but don't "hold" me to it.
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How are you going to attach the sandbags to the bunker? It doesn't seem like just laying the bags over the little "spike straps" would hold it still, and anything you use to attach the bags to the straps would be as bad as the spikes into the ground.
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Old 03-01-2006, 04:49 PM #11
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the thing is its air ball meaning you need the air bunkers, sand bags arnt that good though, it might be cheaper but you'll get less money and population if your bunkers are sand bags.
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Old 03-01-2006, 04:57 PM #12
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no cereal, hes talking about holding down the bunkers with sandbags, not sandbag bunkers.
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Old 03-01-2006, 07:15 PM #13
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I use bungee straps and put the sandbags in the loop.
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Old 03-01-2006, 07:35 PM #14
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get with it man, hope your comprehention of paintball is better than your understanding what you read skills., ha ha
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we stake ours and also put water in them, if you pound your stakes in properly you will have no problem.i put ours in on a inward angle to the bunker
this gives the stake lees chance to pull out.
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Old 03-01-2006, 08:52 PM #16
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At my field we use Sand Bags but instead of sand we filled up water bottles and then places them through bunggy. Each bag has 4 small water bottles filledwith water usally 2 sandbags per bunker. I find for indoor you don't need to weight them down to much just don't fill bunkers to much have it so the bottoms are laying flat and usally thats good.
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Old 03-01-2006, 09:00 PM #17
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the problem with sandbags is the bungie cords on the bunkers themselves snap. both the indoor fields around here run into that problem. the other problem is having enough + properly placed bungie loops. depending on your bunkers, you may not have the ability to put a sandbag at a all the important "strategic" places to prevent the bunker from falling over
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Old 03-01-2006, 10:06 PM #18
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pour some sand in the bunkers
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Old 03-02-2006, 09:40 AM #19
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maybe put bunges through the bungies on the bunkers then put sand bags in the big bungees.
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Old 03-02-2006, 02:43 PM #20
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im personally not a fan of sand bags, as ive 3 members of my team have fallen over them :S just my opinion though
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Old 03-03-2006, 05:46 PM #21
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I was playing and they used stakes and when i slid i cut my knee and meeded 50 stitches
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