







Calculating volume of concrete, dirt, sand, anything. 
20061117 

From Debbie: [This article contains a special calculator to help you find the volume (for example, the cubic yards) of material required to fill (or empty) a space if you know the length, width and depth.]
We are wanting to pour a 24'x30' slab that is 5" deep. How many cubic yards of cement do we need? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Cubic feet of soil 
20160619 

From H: A garden is 8 ft x 7 ft that needs to raised 6 inch's How many cubic feet of soil required ? What am I missing ?
Thanks
H Answered by Penny Nom. 





Sloping my yard away from my house 
20160415 

From Harold: I need to slope a area of my yard away from my house and garage. The length of my house is 80 feet long and i need to slope it 22 feet away. I want to raise the dirt at the foundation by 6 inches and slope it down to nothing at the width of 22 feet. How much soil would i require? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Compacted and uncompacted soil 
20151205 

From J.H.: I am negotiating with a company to sell them land that they would use for excavating soil to be used in construction. I would like to value the land based on the volume of soil they are likely to remove. I have seen several answers, giving the calculation based on 43,650 sq. ft./acre x number of acres x number of feet in depth, divided by 27 to convert the number to cu. yds. However, that is the number when compacted. They pay $.50/yd. of soil removed, but that yd. is not compacted. How do you calculate the number of yds. of uncompacted soil in 1 acre of land? Answered by Harley Weston. 





Why are bags of soil measured in litres? 
20150619 

From Cheryl: Why are bags of soil measured in litres? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Three piles of top soil 
20121007 

From Steve: I need your help please, I am looking to purchase some top soil and keep getting conflicting answers.
There are 3 piles and here are the sizes;
Pile #1: 203 feet around and 21.29 feet high.
Pile #2: 195 feet around and 18.75 feet high.
Pile #3: 150 feet around and 17.98 feet high.
I look forward to hearing back from you asap.
Thank You!
Steve Answered by Harley Weston. 





A pile of topsoil 
20120723 

From Perry: I have a pile of topsoil that is 42ft long and 16ft tall shaped like a cone how many yards of topsoil do I have. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Percentage of water in a soil sample 
20120301 

From avi: what i need is the formula in getting the percentage from gram.
situation:
i need to know how many percent will i declare in getting the moisture of a soil sample
i weighed 2,000 grams of soil before i dried it out in the oven, after few hours the recovery
of the dried out soil is 1,700 grams. How many percent will be the water content?
kindly send me a formula in computing this.
thank u very much! Answered by Penny Nom. 





1 cubic yard of top soil 
20100628 

From Bob: If you were to place 1 cubic yard of top soil onto a 15' X 24' Garden area and it was spread evenly would the amount be a dusting of 1" or about 1'? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A 22 litre bag of topsoil 
20100506 

From Blanche: I do a fair amount of gardening when the weather permits. Just wondered if anyone call tell me what a 22 litre bag of topsoil would weigh and how to convert that. My husband says 20 lbs. I say noway I think it's more. Thanks to whomever can help me. :) Answered by Penny Nom. 





The volume of a berm 
20100405 

From jim: a berm 6 ft wide x 112 ft long 18 inches high at center x 18 inches down to 0 front and back as a taper...how much soil do I need? Answered by Penny Nom. 





1 cubic yard of dirt = how many tons 
20090426 

From jesse: 1 cubic yard of dirt = how many tons give the formula Answered by Harley Weston. 





Topsoil on a soccer field 
20081202 

From rita: a park foreman decides that a soccer field needs 4 inches of topsoil. soccer field is 100 feet by 250 feet.
1 truckoad is 5 cubic yards. how many truckloads do we need to order. i keep confusing myself with formulas. please explain the steps to me
thank you Answered by Penny. 





The percentage of sand in a soil mixture 
20080905 

From kristi: 2 m 3 of soil containing 35% sand was mixed
into 6 m 4 of soil containing 15% sand. What
is the sand content of the mixture? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The weight of a cubic yard of dirt 
20080721 

From Robert: I need to know how many pounds of dirt is in a cubic yard Answered by Penny Nom. 





I need to level a 18ft x 21ft area that is very uneven. 
20080304 

From Shelia: I need to level a 18ft x 21ft area that is very uneven. I have used a line level to determine the number of inches at various places in the area. This varies from 1 inch to 15 inches in order to bring the garden area up level. How do I calculate cubic yards so I can order topsoil for the area. If needed, I have the number of inches needed for each square yard area. Answered by Penny Nom. 





The best price for topsoil 
20071115 

From Dawn: What is a better deal for topsoil, $150.00 for 10 cubic yards, $170.00 for 22 tons, or $200.00 for 11.5 yards? Answered by Penny Nom. 





How do I determine how many tons, 15 yards of top soil is? 
20070918 

From Terry: One company is selling topsoil by the yard and another by the ton,
how do I determine how many tons, 15 yards of top soil is? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Two inches of topsoil 
20070910 

From Nick: I have to cover a 5,300 square feet area with topsoil 2" deep. How many yards would I need? Answered by Harley Weston. 





A pile of soil that is 284' around and 12' high 
20070726 

From bev: I have a pile of soil that is 284' around and 12' high. I need to know how many yards are in that pile. And then how do I convert that to cubic yards Answered by Penny Nom. 





Cubic metres of topsoil 
20070725 

From Laurie: How do I convert cubic meters to square meters? Answered by Harley Weston. 





Mulch price comparison (price per cubic yard versus price per cubic foot) 
20070523 

From Dianna: This is a 2fold question. I am getting some mulch that is measured in 1 cubic yard for $25.00.
Walmart has a 2 cubic bag for $3.00. I need to cover a 376 sq ft area. I need to know which is
the best deal and how much I need to buy to cover the 376 sq ft. Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





How many tons of dirt is this? 
20070523 

From Deb: I need to know how many tons of dirt(6 inches deep)would it take to cover 8 acres? Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





Buying topsoil 
20070516 

From Claudia: I am trying to figure out if it is cheaper to buy topsoil by the bag (one 40lbs bag for $1.66) or having it delivered for $60 for 4 cubic yards. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Price of topsoil 
20070202 

From Tyler: I need to convert cubic yards to square feet. I have topsoil that is $34.30 a cubic yard and I need to know what the price is in square feet. The depth is 18". Answered by Penny Nom. 





How many cubic yards of soil is needed 
20060816 

From John: how many cubic yards of soil is needed to cover 750 square feet at a height of 3 inches? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Quarts, liters cubic yards and soil 
20060319 

From Kathy: I am trying to find out how many quarts of dirt there are in a yard of dirt. The local flower store sells bags of dirt that are 20 quarts or 22 liters for $1.25 and another store sells a yard of dirt for $25.00. Which is the better deal? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Potting soil 
20060217 

From Cheryl: I need to buy some potting soil for a raised planting bed that is 6'x24'x1'. How do you figure how many 2 cu. ft. bags of potting soil that I will need? Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





Cubic yards of fill 
20051223 

From Mike: And I have a question in regards to the amount of fill needed to bring a vacant lot up to "grade level".
The lot is 112' x 87' and I need to bring in fill to elevate the finished level up 4'. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Cubic yards of topsoil 
20050908 

From Ken: How many cubic yards of topsoil would there be on 100 acres of land if you averaged a 2' depth of material. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Cubic yards of topsoil 
20050712 

From Maggie: How much topsoil in cubic yards i need to order to cover 7500sq. ft. 3 inches deep? Answered by Penny Nom. 





How much loam to fill a hole? 
20040619 

From Harry: Can you tell me how much loam I would need to fill a hole 15 feet in dia. x 6 inches deep. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Yards and cubic feet 
20030811 

From Sonya: How many cubic feet are in a yard? Answered by Penny Nom. 





How much soil will be removed? 
20030702 

From Amy: My site is 1230' (eastwest) by 1300' (northsouth) and we need to remove 2 feet of soil from the entire site, how much soil will be removed? Answered by Penny Nom. 

