Every summer when the beach beckons, most of us head out with visions of building the most enchanted, magnificent sand castle in all the land.
A castle with turrets, spiral stairs, princess balconies and owl aviaries. A corner office for Hagrid, a library for Hermione.
But five minutes into it, we learn why most people settle for some wilted thing made out of plastic cups and a couple of rocks.
The truth is, building a sand castle can turn into a failed endeavor if you don't know a few key tricks. That's why we asked Bert Adams, a professional sand castle consultant and founder of Sand In The City, an organization that teaches people how to make sturdy, professional-looking sand castles on their own, for insider tips. Here's what he said:
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