5 things to remember before building a sandbox - HMS National, Inc.

5 things to remember before building a sandbox

June 12, 2014

When you're a kid, it really doesn't get much better than your very own sandbox. With some toy shovels for digging and a few buckets for scooping, you can bring the fun of sand on the beach to your very own backyard.

Now that you have kids of your own, a sandbox will certainly give them the tools they need to let their imaginations run wild as they build sand fortresses of their own. But before they can do that, you'll need some tools of your own to get it ready.

Take a look at these tips for what you'll need to build a sandbox, along with some suggestions for preparing the site and how much sand to use.

1. Get the right equipment. A sandbox is the perfect project for carpentry enthusiast, largely because it requires the full arsenal of tools. This includes a circular saw, tape measure, hammer, clamps to hold the boards in place during assembly, caulking gun, sandpaper and cedar boards. Other forms of wood can be used, but cedar is known for being ideal for construction because it holds up well and is naturally water resistant.

2. Lay out perimeter prior to assembly. The size of your lawn will determine how large your sandbox will be. One of the best ways of figuring this out is by laying down an outline using wire or thread and stakes. It's a good idea to arrange the planks of wood afterward to get an even better idea of what the box will look like.

3. Keep sun in mind. On a hot summer day, a sandbox where there's limited shade can increase the risk of kids being sunburned. When determining the location of your sandbox, check to see if there's a good amount of shade in the area to avoid overexposure to the sun's UV rays.

4. Prepare the interior. Because there will be a whole lot of sand to add, you'll want to free up some space so that it's not overflowing. Builders recommend digging down approximately 6 inches within the outline of the sandbox, then adding a layer of sand that is about 4 inches wide and 1 inch deep along the edges before filling in the rest.

5. How much sand to use. No one wants to have too little sand for your kids to play with, but you don't want too much either. The Safe Sand Company has a calculator you can use, allowing you to punch in the sandbox's specifications. This will give you an idea of how many bags or pounds of sand to use for filling.

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