# converting square feet into tons for stone

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by KPJK, Nov 7, 2006.

1. ### KPJKLawnSite Memberfrom Birdsboro PAMessages: 25

Looking for some help converting square feet of walkway for the amount of stone I need to put under it into tons.

2. ### PaperCutterLawnSite Bronze Memberfrom Northern VAMessages: 1,996

what, like 21a or 57s?

length x width x depth= cu. ft.

cu. ft. / 27= cu. yds.

cu. yds. x 1.8 tons per cubic yard= tons needed

3. ### KPJKLawnSite Memberfrom Birdsboro PAMessages: 25

Yes Thanks Paper

4. ### BHSLawnSite Memberfrom AlabamaMessages: 3

KPJK,
If you are doing a large job do not forget to multiply by a compaction/settlement factor. If it is a small job you should be okay with that formula.

BHS

5. ### CAGLawnSite Senior Memberfrom ctMessages: 344

we always used cu. yrds x 1.25 for tonage

6. ### crabLawnSite Senior Memberfrom earths edgeMessages: 633

tons per cubic yards is different from material to material.1.8 is high so thats a good bet.

7. ### cedarcroftLawnSite Senior Memberfrom Huntington, NYMessages: 442

I thought you multiplied square feet x .08 per inch of material needed and divided by 27 to get number of yards needed?

8. ### PaperCutterLawnSite Bronze Memberfrom Northern VAMessages: 1,996

same idea, cedar- i.e., for a 6" base you'd multiply times 0.5, etc...

Now the coolest thing in the world is a ProjectCalc calculator that'll do all the math for you. I keep one on my desk, one in my truck, and one with the laser transit.... just in case.

9. ### BeautifulBloomsLawnSite Senior Memberfrom Milwaukee WisconsinMessages: 613

call your stone supplier, they usually refer to stone in tons and they have the conversions there

10. ### YardProLawnSite Gold Memberfrom coastal NCMessages: 3,570

depends on how they load it.
if they weigh you then they sell by tons, if they just use a loader they sell per yard.