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Vee ditch digging
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Clod    Posted 07-03-2003 at 12:01:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
My boss wants a Vee ditch 4 FT deep X 4ft wide at the top across level ground a distance of 150 ft. He wants to know how much dirt wwill be removed to use the dirt as a foundation for a building.The owner wants some certain height above the surrounding ground level.How many cubic yards of dirt will we create?


Sid    Posted 07-03-2003 at 20:05:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
I depends on what phase of the moon you are digging it in.


Lenore    Posted 07-03-2003 at 13:29:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
I got 44.4 cu yd;
I cheated though!
I looked at all the other answers and
gave the one you said was right!!
Now I am headed to the beauty salon
to get blonder and more beautiful. ;-)
Talk to you when I return, Pal.


Clod    Posted 07-03-2003 at 14:03:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
You are always the winner Lenore! Ha ha~~~~


Annie in KY    Posted 07-03-2003 at 12:56:05       [Reply]  [Send Email]
it might help if I knew what a Vee ditch was? If it's in the shape of a "V" that would make sense, since it would be 1/2 of my figure of 88.8, 1/2= 44.4....did I do it right yet?


Clod    Posted 07-03-2003 at 13:04:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
I can not see how you got the correct answer but you did.You must be an Egyptian because I cant figure the way you got around to 44.444.. WOW!! That's neat lady.


bill b va    Posted 07-03-2003 at 12:33:56       [Reply]  [No Email]

44.4 cu yd


Annie in KY    Posted 07-03-2003 at 12:45:27       [Reply]  [Send Email]
yeah, yeah, yeah, but, I wanna see the calculations on how you came up with that!


Clod    Posted 07-03-2003 at 13:07:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
Albert Einstien would like to se how you did your calculations Mam..Look up on the third grader thing above.My father had simple ways .You could understand a picture easy. I like graphics because they look like the problem at hand.


Clod    Posted 07-03-2003 at 12:37:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
WOW,You Viginy guys must have laid out the streets of DC.None of the present residents there now can calculate the angles.Ha ha~~~~~~~~


Red Dave    Posted 07-03-2003 at 12:31:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
I come up with 44.44 cubic yards


Clod    Posted 07-03-2003 at 12:33:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
Red Dave the farmer.Ok go git back on that tractor and go to work.You got it right..You must be a real country farmer.


Annie in KY    Posted 07-03-2003 at 12:26:10       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I'll take a guess, but don't bet your job on it:):) 8.89 yards....

(4' x 4' X 150' long = 240) (240 divided by 27 =8.89) (27 cubic foot = 1 yard)


964 bushels and 1 peck!    Posted 07-03-2003 at 13:06:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
Area of a triangle (the vee) is one-half base times height, or 1/2 x 4 x 4 = 8 square feet. Volume equals area times length, 8 x 150 = 1,200 cubic feet.

1,200 cubic feet x 1,728 cubic inches in a cubic foot = 2,073,600 cubic inches of soil.

There's 2150.42 cubic inches in a bushel, so you've got 964 bushels and a little over a peck.

Oh yeah, one cubic yard = 27 cubic feet, so 1,200 cubic feet / 27 cubic feet per cubic yard = 44.44 cubic yards.

Tom A


Clod    Posted 07-03-2003 at 13:13:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
OK good Tom..The Vee ditch is measured with an engineers tape. 4.7 deep X 4 4 wide at top X 150ft 7 7/8 inch long. If you get that,Tell me how you did it.Oh yes..My enginers tape was too short to measure length so I used the fraction tape.


11,653 gallons    Posted 07-03-2003 at 13:27:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
Same as before, area times length, just remember to convert everything to a single unit, like inches.

So you've got 2,691,861.12 cubic inches, and there's 231 cubic inches in a U.S. gallon.

So 2,691,861.12 / 231 = 11,653 gallons.


Clod    Posted 07-03-2003 at 14:09:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
I will figure yours Tom>>> Same as before, area times length, just remember to convert everything to a single unit, like inches.

So you've got 2,691,861.12 cubic inches, and there's 231 cubic inches in a U.S. gallon.

So 2,691,861.12 / 231 = 11,653 gallons<<<<<<<<<<<<<< BUT LOOK UP THERE WHERE I MISSED THE DOT.(KEYBOARD IS JUNK) 4.4 FT should be one Depth or width,Cant see it now,I will expect you knew that when you calculated yours.Be back in min ,If boss stays gone.


Clod    Posted 07-03-2003 at 14:29:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
I left the 7/8 inch off the end of ditch.Can add later,,But ,,have CID of 2690550 divide by 231 is 11647 gallons.Who has the correct figures?I started it this way.> 2.2 FT X 4.7 Ft X 150.5883 =1557.0313 CUFT Divided by 1728 = 2690550. cubic inch divide 231 =11647 gallons. check your figures.


CLOD    Posted 07-03-2003 at 14:39:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
Tom..Yours are right,, good work!!


Clod    Posted 07-03-2003 at 12:31:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks lady.One yard would not go very far in the foundation raising.Maybe one of our farmer experts can find more material in the ditch.Farmers build a lot of ditches and canals ..I think,,Or around my area they do. But you may be right on the money.Nobody has challenged your calculations.


Annie in KY    Posted 07-03-2003 at 12:28:51       [Reply]  [Send Email]
oops, maybe 88.89

(4 x 4 x 150 = 2400) divided by 27 cubic feet which is 1 yard


Clod    Posted 07-03-2003 at 12:35:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
Annie,,Ask Red how he got his answer.He must be building a canal ditch now.


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