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achetwood
07-20-2010, 08:17 PM
I have a yard to level but find it a little hard to determine how much fill dirt will be needed. I had a helper estimate that we would need 100 yds of dirt. However, after searching the internet it seems we need to multiply L x W x D. The yard has a huge slope. The deepest area is about 3 ft below the visible portion of the foundation. While other areas are within 16 inches. What's the best way to determine the amount of fill dirt needed? If I follow the formula above, I came to 2,500 ft. My measurements were 63'L x 21W' x 2' (average depth from three measuring points). Is that right? The idea is to level the yard with the visible portion of the foundation as much as possible.

White Gardens
07-20-2010, 10:00 PM
I have a yard to level but find it a little hard to determine how much fill dirt will be needed. I had a helper estimate that we would need 100 yds of dirt. However, after searching the internet it seems we need to multiply L x W x D. The yard has a huge slope. The deepest area is about 3 ft below the visible portion of the foundation. While other areas are within 16 inches. What's the best way to determine the amount of fill dirt needed? If I follow the formula above, I came to 2,500 ft. My measurements were 63'L x 21W' x 2' (average depth from three measuring points). Is that right? The idea is to level the yard with the visible portion of the foundation as much as possible.

Sounds like a good average. I would then add at least 10% to give you wiggle room. Better to estimate high than low.

Just make sure you have proper slope running away from the house. 1 inch drop per 8 feet.