Hopefully, it wasn't used......
Just when you thought you have heard everything!
Just when you thought you have heard everything!
Sheeeeeit, if you have a cat, I'd recommend you use the damn cat to stuff the stands!
What about Jellie Bellies?! Then if you get the munchies after a long listening session you can pop open the stand and chow down. DO NOT, under ANY circumstances, do this if you've used Kitty Litter or lead shot.
Wheren't J. H. Kellogg's early flakes made from corn used as Kitty Litter anyhow before becoming a nutritional breakfast cereal?
Got Milk? As your on to something, a gallon of milk would add 8.59 lbs. But it would require quite exotic marketing like maybe.... Porters Pub Palm Pumped Pints of Pidgion Milk?
Marco a.k.a. a non-pro but extreme hobbyist milker could share proper man handling of the pidgion utter techniques, prior to going More Bull.
The notion that pidgeons can be milked is utterly ridiculous. Come to think of it so is this thread! My wife was none to pleased to find all the breakfast cereal gone this morning. I'm a bit annoyed too cause when I added the milk the stands started to make all this "snap, crackle, pop" noises. I thought one of my preamp tubes was going!
Your a good sport 3zub. Truth is the kitty litter probably would be fine, it's basically CLAY.
I have experimented with white (clean) sand, sand plus lead (80%/20% mix) and sand blast grade silica. Certainly kitty litter is cheaper and safer than lead, (provided the cat's not using it).
Of all my trials, silica worked best and what I am currently using in my custom aluminum stands (for TT and tape deck).
Silica can be purchased from commercial supply houses that serve the sandblast trade. Silica (for some reason) is not supposed to be sold to the general public but I had no problem buying a 60 pound bag.
3zub - If you are looking for an inexpensive way to fill your stands with a dense filler you can purchase "Play Sand" from your favorite home improvement warehouse store, or nursery at about $4 per 50 lb bag. It is not quite as fine and dense as silica, but it is safe and cheap. It may be a bit more difficult to remove if the holes in your stands are smaller though. Silica sand is pretty expensive in comparison, but is definitely finer and more dense (your stands will weigh more filled with Silica than with Play Sand). Kitty Litter, IMO, would be the least desirable as it would leave a whole lot of airspace unfilled. Other, more expensive, alternatives are lead shot which can be purchased from some sporting supply stores, or any gun shop that handles reloading supplies. I believe Star Sound markets a lead powder, which would likely be the heaviest and most expensive of all your alternatives. If you handle lead just make sure to wash your hands thoroughly afterwards. Same goes for Silica or if you decide to stuff your stands with cats. If you use Silica try to fill the stands outdoors and use a mask to filter out the dust from the air you are breathing. Even a foam painters mask would be an improvement over none. If you are using cats I'd suggest long gauntlet gloves and some of those foam earplugs.
Seriously... Sand would be the most economical route, however make sure the sand is 100% dry. Many play type sands are bagged and shipped moist after being exposed to rain. I would prop each bag in an upright position, and cut a slit in each bags top. Opening and allowing it to dry out in a non-humidity area for a few days prior to filling your rustable steel stands.
Lead shot, is not something you really want to play with. Lead dust is even worse! I heard horror stories of fellows that used lead to fill their stands in their listening rooms. Missing the stand, & spilling it all over the carpet. Lead is also non-magnetic, & using a vacuum would agitate the lead dust. I can send you a 16 page EPA brochure on what lead dust can do to a childs still developing mind. So if you have children I would strongly rule out the lead.
So let's talk about the Numero Uno Rule of filling a stand.
1.) No matter what filler is used, if possible due to stand weight, fill stands Outside or in your Garage in case of SPILLS!
A company called Atacama makes a product called "Atabites" which is a high density filler manufactured from steel chippings and designed for the mass loading of speaker stands. This a coarse mix of triangular shaped steel chippings which is a worthy investment to get the best out of the stand and producing better imagery and extra bass control at louder levels of volume. Atabites are available in 19.8lb pour bottles. It is also magnetic so if your funnel slips the Atabites are magnetic for a no loss clean-up. If you cant find Atacama Atabites dealer locally contact me.
yes, I have my Lovan Jazz speaker stands filled w/ kitty litter (which, as Albert correctly pointed out, is ground clay). the speaker stands are (acoustically) dead to the knuckle rap test. I have my Tannoy DMT-10 monitors sitting on these stands & I find their sound is very good. This is in a bedroom system which is not very discriminating, I have to admit (hence the diff in silica & clay might not show up). clay is a real option for mass-loading speaker stands. I found it to be a better option as the play sand was leaking (over a period of time) from the several places in the stands & creating a mess on the carpet! I found that the ground clay's bigger particles stayed in their intended location better while (still) providing mass-loading. Anyway, FWIW:
I am a sand/lead shot fill type of guy myself. However, it you decide to use clay, you might want to visit your local automotive store (AutoZone et al) and check out Dri-Zit or HiDri floor absorbent products. I have found that Kitty litter and others contain a litany of non-clay materials. The floor absorbents are Georgias Fullers Earth, which I believe is clay. Oh yeah, what ever you have left over after filling the speaker stands will come in handy to clean up those nasty oil spots after an oil change.
Albert, you must be talking about medical silica, that's not available to the general public without a perscription and according to the newspapers/TV stations(i trust them), they are clamping down on the states where it is legal to sell. If you have any extra, would you consider selling a nickel bag? It's been a while(what time is it?). Last time i scored some it was blackmarket, but we still had a blast in the sand. Thanks for listening. Regards,.........uh...........oh yeah, Alan
In the event of Armageddon, here's a recipe for "Kitty Litter Cake".
1 pk Spice cake mix
1 pk White cake mix
1 pk White sandwich cookies
1 sm Package instant vanilla pudding mix
12 sm Tootsie Rolls
Prepare cake mixes and bake according to directions. Prepare pudding mix and chill until ready to assemble. Crumble white sandwich cookies in small batches in blender. They tend to stick, so scrape often.
When cakes are cooled, crumble into a large bowl. Toss with half the cookie crumbs and the chilled pudding. Gently combine. Pour into a clean kitty litter box.
Put unwrapped Tootsie Rolls in a microwave safe dish two at a time and heat until soft and pliable. Shape ends so they are no longer blunt, curving slightly. Repeat until you have nine, and bury them in the mixture. Sprinkle the other half of cookie crumbs over top. Heat three more Tootsie Rolls in the microwave until almost melted. Scrape them on top of the cake and sprinkle with cookie crumbs. Serve with a new pooper scooper.