How to Calculate Yards of Concrete Needed for Your Project: Quick Method for Basic Slabs

Before starting any concrete placement job, it is crucial to figure out the correct volume of concreted required for the job. An insufficient amount can result in having to make a concrete placement in two separate steps, creating a structurally weak seam between the two placements. Conversely, too much can be a waste of money. Fortunately, determining a project’s concrete yardage is typically a simple matter of calculating the volume of the space to be spilled and then adding 5-10 percent to the number to be conservative. Basic concrete placements calling for concrete to be poured into a rectangular 3D area requires calculation of the volume to be done with the equations length × width × height.

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