I'm going to replace the sand in my swiming pool filter. I wonder if
it's safe to reuse those sand for kids' sand box? I suppose if it's
safe to swim in the water that filtered by the sand, it should be safe
to play with it. Any ideas?
This sand will likely contain many chlorine and/or bromine salts as well as
decomposed organic matter. It probably is not outright toxic but it may
irritate sensitive skin and the dust generated from it may also have health
concerns. If when you redampen it you smell pool smells, it surely is not
If you must, use it for the kitty litter or save it for winter ice
treatment. It may also not be suitable for concrete mixing due to the salts
but would be fine as underlayment for patio pavers.
FUNNY, I was just thinking, is the pool chems etc more /or/
less hazardous that the neighborhood cat urine and feces
found in a regular sandbox? But maybe your sandbox is
this is the same sand that pool water ran thru that your
kids played in all summer? The broken glass and metal frags
the sand caught that was in the pool might be a problem.
-larry / dallas
replying to larry, poolguy wrote:
I'm changing sand in pool today. I will not use the old sand from pool to put
in my Grand Kids sand box. I will throw away the old sand and buy new play sand
for our Grand kids sand box. 100 bucks worth of sand for sandbox cost less than
Doctor bills and nothing can replace a broken heart if the old pool sand was to
harm them. I love them too much to take a chance on it.
Reply to post from 2006?
Poolguy, I beg to differ. That sand was clean enough that someone was
swimming in the pool. Pool water definitely gets ingested.
It's not a matter of cost. How do you put that sand into the trash.
The sandbox is as good a place as any to dispose of the sand.
There is zero chance of that very clean sand from the filter harming
anyone. You do know that birds fly over sandboxes don't you?
I used to change the sand in my filter every 2 years.
A task that is not that easy.
I'm still trying to figure out how that sand could wear out.
Haven't changed the sand now for 4 years, no problems yet.
I think the problem is pool filter sand is probably not the right
grade for a sand box. I agree, the cat shit a sand box seems to
collect is a lot more of a health problem than heavily chlorinated
I suppose the OP's great grand kids will be using it soon tho.
On Sun, 24 Jul 2016 04:57:50 -0700 (PDT), trader_4
I still doubt it would make good sand box sand but health issues would
not be my concern. If you ever spent any time around people in the
aggregate business you will hear sand is not just sand and there are
dozens of types.
On Sunday, July 24, 2016 at 10:12:25 AM UTC-4, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I agree there are differences. One difference I learned was from
sandblasting. I bought a sandblaster at Harbor Freight and had to
find sand to use with it. I couldn't find any for that purpose, so
I figured a bag from HD for play or concrete, don't remember which
would work. Apparently the big difference is that sand for sandblasting
needs to be dry. I managed to use it anyway, but it produced frequent
clogs that were a real pain. How different pool filter sand is from
the qualities you want for play sand, IDK.
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