Gravel & Sand weight per volume

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by PlatinumLandCon, Sep 9, 2007.

  1. PlatinumLandCon

    PlatinumLandCon LawnSite Bronze Member
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    When ordering road gravel for paver & wall base, what is the weight per cu. yd? I need 8.6 yards but I don't know what weight that is.

    On the other hand, what coverage does 1 ton of road gravel give you?

    Thanks.
     
  2. mattfromNY

    mattfromNY LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I've always found a cubic yard to weigh approx. 1.2 tons. It depends, obviously on the density, and size of the material.
     
  3. GreenMonster

    GreenMonster LawnSite Silver Member
    from NH
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    We usually figure yd3x1.5, plus x 1.5 for compaction
     
  4. Grn Mtn

    Grn Mtn LawnSite Senior Member
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  5. Grn Mtn

    Grn Mtn LawnSite Senior Member
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    :dizzy: um mark, i've only had two cups joe so far, do you mind giving an example .... me brain not working yet:laugh:
     
  6. cgland

    cgland LawnSite Bronze Member
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    yd3 = cubic yard
    x 1.5 = 1.5 tons per cubic yard
    plus = then add
    1.5 for compaction = the number of yards you come up with for the job multiplied by 1.5 to get the total amount you will need after compaction.


    DUH!

    Chris
     
  7. GreenMonster

    GreenMonster LawnSite Silver Member
    from NH
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    Yeah, what the smart azz said!
     
  8. PlatinumLandCon

    PlatinumLandCon LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Does about 10 ton seem right for 350sf of pavers & wall base? I'm assuming 4" depth
     
  9. mrusk

    mrusk LawnSite Gold Member
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    I'd figure more then that. Up in toronto i'd want atleast 6-8 inches of base material. I normally do a minimum of 6 here in nj.
     
  10. GreenMonster

    GreenMonster LawnSite Silver Member
    from NH
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    I also go about 6-8" for walk/patio.

    You should really learn to do the math on your own.

    350ft2 * .5 (6" base) = 175/27(1yd3)= 6.48yd3 * 1.5 = 9.72 *1.5 (for compaction) = 14.58 ton

    be sure you're adding in the required sq ftg for your 4-6" shoulder around the flatwork.
     

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