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Question from Debbie:

We are wanting to pour a 24'x30' slab that is 5" deep. How many cubic yards of cement do we need? Thanks!

Hi Debbie,

24 ft is 24/3 = 8 yards
30 ft is 30/3 = 10 yards
5 inches is 5/36 yards.

Thus the volume is

8 10 x 5/36 = 11.1 cubic yards.

You can calculate this and similar volumes using our volume calculator.


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Use this calculator to find the amount of concrete, cement, topsoil or water you need for a rectangular solid shape when you know the length, width and depth.


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