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Measuring By The Yard

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by RBP, May 31, 2004.

  1. RBP

    RBP LawnSite Member
    from mi
    Posts: 45

    Does this sound right?One of my wheelbarrows is 8 cu.ft. so three heaping wheelbarrows should equal a yard wich is 27 cu.ft. am i right?The reason im asking is when i give an estimate for say 6 yards of mulch and then pick up 6 yards of mulch from supplier and actually use all of it at the cust. house,a couple of times i have kept track of how many wheelbarrow loads i have used and it comes up to more than six yards measuring by the wheelbarrow load.It seems to me then that i underestimated the job a bit and the supplier gave me more than 6 yards of mulch.However if i estimated the job at 6 yards and picked up 6 yards and used it all then maybe it really doesn't matter how many wheelbarrow loads i used.does any of this make any sense? Holy crap it is 12:40 AM AND I HAVE TO BE UP BY 6:OO.I better get to bed.
  2. EagleLandscape

    EagleLandscape LawnSite Platinum Member
    Male, from Garland, Texas
    Posts: 4,347

    yes, 27 cu feet is one yard
  3. genoaustin

    genoaustin LawnSite Member
    Posts: 33

    if a wheelbarrow is 8 cu ft, then 3 is 24 cu ft. You would have 3 co ft left, almost 1/2 wheelbarrow.
  4. cutandblow

    cutandblow LawnSite Member
    Posts: 19

    And it "fluffs up" from being shoveled (or pitchforked)...more air taking up more space.
  5. leeslawncare

    leeslawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 649

    I think 13 .2 bags =1 yrd someone correct me if i'am wrong?
  6. Mikes Lawn Landscape

    Mikes Lawn Landscape LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 458

    It would actually be 13.5 bags but your close enough for gov't work
  7. cklands

    cklands LawnSite Senior Member
    from MA
    Posts: 360

    I would say that if you use the same supplier every year then it doesn't matter. If you pay for 6 yards and use it all then you are right on.
  8. qualitylandscaping

    qualitylandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,581

    Most of the time the guys loading your trailer or truck don't even pay attention to how much they load. The bucket is a certain size, but people will overfill or underfill the bucket when they are getting it out of the pile. I have ordered 8yards of red ochre and they gave me almost 11.. And I'm 100% sure I measured right..
  9. Ax Man

    Ax Man LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 446

    So if you have some left over, sell it to the next guy!
    A few snacks delivered to the mulch guys can pay off in a big way too.

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