







The amount of concrete in a foundation 
20190911 

From Lorinda: How do you calculate ( in cubic yards) how much concrete is needed for the foundation of a rectangular building 40 ft by 85 ft if the foundation walls are 8 inches thick and 7 ft 6 inches high? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The average height of a wall 
20190815 

From Jeff: Trying to figure the average height of a sloped foundation wall.
The lowest point is 24 inches or 2 feet.
The highest point is 116 inches or 9’ 8 inches.
Can this be figured without the degree of slope or can we assume it is
Equaled sloped from point a to point b. Thanks Answered by Penny Nom. 





The volume of a wall 
20190508 

From Peter: I’m building a dry stack stone wall which is 36” wide at the base, 42” tall and 24” wide at the top. What would be the volume for a 36” long segment ?
Thanks, Peter Answered by Penny Nom. 





A block wall 
20160315 

From Robert: I have a wall 40 ft. long and 4 ft. tall as well as another one that is 30 ft by 3.5 ft. tall that I am trying to build. how many 6 inch by 12 inch landscaping blocks do I need? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A sloped concrete wall 
20131030 

From Brad: We are planning on pouring concrete in a wall form that is sloped. One end is 73 inches tall, and it tapers to 24 inches tall over a distance of 348 inches. It is flat on bottom and sides and is 12 inches thick. Thanks. Answered by Penny Nom. 





A tank with an inner walled compartment 
20121012 

From don: I have a tank 20 feet diameter, 19' 8" tall with an inner walled compartment that has a 7' 6" radius arc with in the tank. I need to figure out the volume of the inner area and the volume of the larger area. Answered by Harley Weston. 





Wallpapering a room 
20120208 

From jimmy: Ms. Frank is going to
wallpaper a living room with dimensions
24 feet long, 18 feet wide, and 8 feet
high. What surface area does Ms. Frank
plan to wallpaper? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Fill behind a retaining wall 
20090205 

From Fausto: i'm trying to figure out how many cubic yards i will need. I built a retaining wall that it's 5 feet high, running 90 feet long. There is a slope running to the wall of 24 degrees. The distance from the top of the slope to the wall is 12 feet. I don't know how to calculate how many cubic yards of fill dirt i need in there. Please help. Thanks! Answered by Harley Weston. 





Wall covering 
20081210 

From Jeanie: I need to convert 14 LY of wallcovering (54" wide) to square feet. Can you please help me? Answered by Penny Nom. 





How much did I have in my wallet when I lost it? 
20060615 

From Marangeo: I recently lost my wallet and when it came to completing the police report I couldn't remember how much money I had in there. I do remember thinking that the first time I bought something that it cost me 10 per cent of what I had. Then I noticed that the second purchase had also cost me exactly 10 per cents of what I had left. My receipts totalled $19. How much did I have in my wallet when I lost it? Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





Ladder and wall 
20060427 

From Lori: A 12foot ladder is leaning across a fence and is touching a higher wall located 3 feet behind the fence. The ladder makes an angle of 60 degrees with the ground. Find the distance from the base of the ladder to the bottom of the fence. Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





Framing an arched wall 
20050812 

From Mike: I'm framing a building wall with a curved (arcing) top section. The radius of the section is 74'6" with a height above finish floor of 16'0". The horizontal run of the arced section is 23' 1 1/2" with a low height above finish floor of 12'4". If I start with a 16' stud at the high end how long are the subsequent studs if they are on 16" centers? Short of laying this out on a tennis court how can I work out the lengths of the studs? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Cubic yards in a concrete wall 
20040118 

From Danny: I am studing for my contractors exam. I am haveing truble with a few questions. I have the answer to the problems but I dont know how to get them my self. please help
How many cu. Yds. Of concrete are in a wall that is 150' long and 8'4" high an d 8' thick Answered by Penny Nom. 

