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Old 06-04-2005, 04:15 PM   #51
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has anyone found play sand in southern california?
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Old 06-04-2005, 06:32 PM   #52
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I went to two Wal-Marts today (despise that place!) and found multiple pallets of the Garden Basics with Old Castle's name on it just like what has been discussed here. I went armed with a fresh bottle (which I bought in the same store) of Distilled White Vinegar.

No reaction. It just looks like wet sand. I even tried it on a couple of bags with small holes in them (or newly made finger-sized holes.. <cough>) on more than one pallet. Each time, NO indication of a reaction... just looks like wet sand.

I tried Quikcrete "premium" stuff at Lowes. No reaction.

I tried Lighthouse brand at Toys-R-Us. No reaction.

We only have one K-Mart since the other went out of business recently (go figure). They said they had no more sand and that it was "too late in the season" to be ordering any more. Come back next year. Dorks.

So... total bust on the sand front for me.

My LFS has Aragamax in 30 pound bags for $40. I just about coughed up a lung. I'll keep hunting for other sources.

Any thoughts?

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Old 06-04-2005, 06:32 PM   #53
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Should I be testing larger quantities of it? I was just dribbling vinegar on samples between the size of a quarter and maybe as large as half a dollar bill.

Some of the descriptions I read involve testing it in cups.

Any ideas?

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If it's going to bubble, a small sample will bubble. All you'd need for a small sample would be a few drops of vinegar to get the result. Foam foam foam.....
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Old 06-04-2005, 08:53 PM   #55
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I thought so... I was just wondering if it was possibly too subtle in the quantities I was testing.

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Old 06-04-2005, 11:17 PM   #56
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I cant believe some people say they are getting the walmart sand to fizz. You would think it was all coming from the same place. Maybe we should try sulfuric acid instead of vinegar.
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Heh...

My theory is that the vendor has multiple manufacturing facilities and ships to Wal-Mart distribution centers on some geographic basis.

Who knows. This sand roulette, though, is more than irritating.

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Or maybe the sand is all fine, but our vinegar is geographically varied.

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Old 06-05-2005, 09:38 PM   #59
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hehe, yea no luck for me on sand either. I ended up buying 100 lbs from Bigals store that opened by me- 40 lbs for 23$ after 10% off. not TOO bad in price. bought 2-40s and 20lb of live sand.
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Hmmm I wonder what they have at the Walmarts here in Canada??? I know what I'm doing the next time I'm there!
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