Just got some 'fillable' stands. What to fill them with?

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  1. Kenneth Harden

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    I got some 24" stands from Parts Express and they are fillable.

    What is the best stuff to use? Is a bag of (dry, obviously) playground sand all I want, or something else?

    Thanks!
     
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    Playground sand, cat litter (unused, preferably...) or steel shot...though I'd use the shot as a last resort.

    When using sand, fill to the top, the "thump" the stand on the floor a few times to make the sand settle. Keep thumping and adding til you can't add no more. (sic).

    Good to go.
     
  3. Hank Frankenberg

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    Lead shot - very heavy. Don't be scared of it like some folks are. After it's in your stands, no one will touch it and it won't leak out. I guess the real question is, how much weight do you need, and I haven't seen any scientific calculations to determine that.
     
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    Actually, playground sand would be my last resort since you really should bake it in the oven to make sure you kill any insects and/or insect eggs before actually using it.
     
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    I like kitty litter. The unscented kind [​IMG]
     
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    Wow. I never knew playground sand had bugs in it. [​IMG] News to me.

    Kitty litter smells. I personally wouldn't use it, but it does the job well.

    I have read that steel shot, while very heavy (good) can still cause the stand to resonate. (bad) Thoughts?

    What other kind of sand is there? Beach sand?
     
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    How about cement? [​IMG]
     
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    Cement would be ideal, actually. It's one of the few materials that is absolutely acoustically dead, and it's heavy as....well, cement! Hahahah!

    Cement is also the ideal speaker enclosure. For subs, anyway. Securing the driver is what gets tricky. [​IMG]
     
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    Dontcha just love political correctness? There's far more lead shot lying around from shotgun shells than there ever will be from speaker stands. Oh well, be "safe" and use Quickcrete. I filled my sons' basketball goal pole with it and it did not "ring" when tapped on. Go for it. Downside is that you could never empty them.
     
  11. Kenneth Harden

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    Also, my new speakers are 25 pounds each, so I am going to need to make those stands HEAVY.
     
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    Wow, I didn't think this thread would turn into a eco debate! [​IMG]
     
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    I always use depleted uranium....and I love that glow when the lights go out. [​IMG]

    Pete
     
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    actually, depleted uranium is very safe. i have friends that handle it all the time. just make sure it's painted and sealed. what i'm doing for my stands is using 1/4" steel plates that are the same size as my speaker stands base. keeps the CG low and they are around 40lbs each.

    eric
     
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    Eric,
    Great idea. Where are you getting said bigass steel plates? Cost? How are you mounting them?
     
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    they are left over from a project at work, just the right size at around 10"x8". my speakers only weigh around 30lb each, so my 100lb dog really makes them rock every once in a while.... ok, every day. should work out pretty good. i wouldn't think it to be a problem to get some sheet metal somewhere and for cheap too. not sure where to get it though, i haven't been in the US for over 2 years now.

    eric
     
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    Cool. Thanks, Eric. It's a great idea, really. It would be easy enough to just router the bottom plate out a little more than a 1/4" and epoxy the plate on there. (I'm building my own stands next week. [​IMG])

    I will probably just fill mine with steel shot. If I can find it. Where do you find steel shot anyway? Academy sports, in the "reloading section" or something? [​IMG]
     
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  20. Larry Alan

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    I just finished a DIY set of stands for my surrounds and when I can figure out the the correct height, I will fill them with "Black Beauty" It is used for sand blasting. It's made from lava, I believe. The stuff is jet black and quite heavy. It can be found anywhere sand blasting supplies are sold......NO BUGS!!!

    Larry
     

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