Monday, March 21, 2011

Bunker Renovation Made Easy

We are finishing up the final sand bunker for this year and I am very pleased with the results that we have acheived.  Our golfers have been nothing but complimentary on the progress that we have made and all they ask is "When are you going to get the rest of them done?"

The process of renovating the bunkers can be a time consuming task and we are always looking for ways to save time while still doing the job properly.  Ted Fist, whos company manufactures Sand Mat, gave me a great tip on trimming the bunker liner that has saved us a lot of time and has made the job so easy to complete.

We have used razor blades, hawk bill knifes, large tin sheering scissors, and even a propane torch to try to cut the liner but Ted's suggestion of using a 4.5" right angle grinder has made all the difference in the world.  We purchased a Makita cordless right angle grinder from Grainger Tools.  We tried to use the disc that came on the grinder at first but soon found that if we took the guard off of the grinder and installed a 7" metal cutoff blade that the grinder was far enough away from the liner as not to allow any strands of liner to wind around the shaft.  (My disclaimer:  Be careful if you use the grinder without the guard in place.)

Makita 4.5" Right Angle Grinder

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