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post #1 of 42 (permalink) Old 05-08-2012, 06:40 PM
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How to estimate Cubic Yards for Debris on Trash-outs

I need some help guaging how many cubic yards of debris I have. Is there a formula or a visual measurement that I can follow. I once saw that a bag of garbage was 1 cubic yard. Thanks.....New to the game.
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a cubic yard is 3x3x3
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Trash-out meaning gut job, or meaning removing trash?
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generally, it takes 3 normal sized trash bags (30 gal) stuffed full, to get close to a cyd. There isn't really any formula I can give you. It takes time and experience to be able to guage cubic yardage visually, when all the stuff is strown all over a yard or floor. It's kinda like riding a bike. Someone can tell you how to do it, but until it's you trying to keep your balance and pedal...well, you know how that goes.

It's best to build you a cubic yard frame. you can do this out of wood or pvc pipe. And just memorize it's volume. Maybe set the frame up in your office or just outside the door, so you can look at it often.

For an example: A queen mattress is 60 inches wide by 80 inches long and around 10 inches high. That makes 48,000 cubic inches or 27.78 cubic feet or just over 1 cubic yard. And that's just the mattress. Looking at a mattress standing against a wall, it's hard to tell how big it is in cubic yardage. Until you done the math and looked at enough of them.

I read this somewhere and it's good advice - if there is no profit in it, we’re not going to move it. We will move one cubic yard of gold bullion for free. One cubic yard of crushed stone in the front yard of a vacant home is going to cost considerably more than the allowable.
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What really chaps me is that some cubical mind in a far away place thinks they can count cubes from photos.

Well you can once they are loaded in a dumpster etc. But to try and cut bids by the photos only??
What a joke!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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TRUE! I'm looking at a pile that is about 15' L, 10' W and 12'H. When worked with a formula I got offline, I come up with about 66 CYds. I'm going to pass on the job. I have to be able to make money.
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hi

juicy with those measurements your nowhere close to 66 cu yds
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Well. I don't know what I'm doing wrong. When I use that formula that's what it tells me based on those measurements. Would you consider a lazy boy to be 1 cubic yard?
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Just checked the formula again. Seems to be right. LxWxH. Divide that by 27 and that give you the Cubic Yards.
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i do the math and i come up with 66.66 cyds, keep in mind the pile is probably not a cube but more of heap, just because the highest point of the pile x' the whole pile is not x'
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