How-To: Build a sandbag-filling jig

How-To:  Build a sandbag-filling jig


I am glad that, so far, in life, I have not had to join the ranks of those umpty-many folks who, at one point or another, have suddenly found themselves needing to fill a whole lot of sandbags in a hurry. Hopefully, I will never be in that situation, but when and if I am, I’m going to try to remember this tutorial by Instructables user RiverOakRanch. The jig they describe allows one person to fill six tubes at once, helps to insure equal filling, and, most importantly, frees up another laborer who would otherwise have to stand there holding the bags open.

4 thoughts on “How-To: Build a sandbag-filling jig

  1. says:

    Here in Fargo where we are no stranger to flooding we do something similar with a ladder on sawhorses with orange cones stuck in between the rungs.

  2. volkemon says:

    @mmannie- Good point. Down here in Central Florida we infrequently have to fill sandbags, but when we do, I know we have cones and ladders.. and wont have to have some humungus 1-purpose jig to store.


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