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How to Calculate the Amount of Concrete You Will Need

To calculate the amount of concrete needed for a foundation wall or footings and a slab using imperial measurements requires that you convert all the measurements either feet or inches. Using feet in the calculation makes a lot of sense, making the multiplication that much more straightforward.

Formulas:
```wall = length*height*thickness
footing = length*width*depth
slab = length*width*depth
To convert cubic feet to cubic yards, multiply cubic feet * 0.037037037037037
To convert cubic feet to cubic metres, multiply cubic feet * 0.028316846592```
Example calculation
`Wall is 29'-5" long, 7'-8" feet high, and 8 inches thick.`
convert 29'-5" to feet by dividing the 5 inches by 12;
`5 ÷ 12 = 0.416666 rounded to 0.42`
`29'-5" = 29.42 feet`

`convert 7'-8" to feet;`
`8 ÷ 12 = 0.6666666666666667 rounded up to 0.7`
`7'-8" = 7.7 feet`

`convert  8 inches wall thickness to feet by dividing the 8 by 12;`
`8 ÷ 12 = 0.6666666666666667 rounded up to 0.7`
`8 inches = 0.7 feet`
`29.42 * 7.7 * 0.7 = 158.5738 rounded to 159`
`To fill this wall, you will need 159 cubic feet of concrete.`

In a perfect world, 159 cubic feet of concrete would have been enough, but, more than likely, you will have to decide on a waste factor. Say 10%.
The 159 cubic feet of concrete = 100%
Add the 10%, and you get 110%. Multiply 159 cubic feet by 110%.
You do this by first dividing the 110 by 100;
`110 ÷ 100 = 1.1`
`159 * 1.1 = 174.9`
`With a waste factor of 10%, you will need 174.9 cubic feet of concrete.`

Convert 174.9 cubic feet to cubic yards by multiplying this amount by 0.037;
`174.9 * 0.037 = 6.47`
`174.9 cubic feet = 6.47 cubic yards of concrete.`

Convert 174.9 cubic feet to cubic metres by multiplying this amount by 0.028316846592;
`174.9 * 0.028316846592 = 4.9526 rounded to 4.95`
`174.9 cubic feet = 4.95 cubic metres of concrete.`
Example calculation
`a slab is 40 long wide, 20 feet wide, and has a depth of 3.5 inches.`
All you need to do before your calculation is convert the 3.5 inches to feet by dividing this amount by 12;
`3.5 ÷ 12 = 0.2916 rounded to 0.29`
`3.5 inches = 0.29 feet`
`40 * 20 * 0.29 = 232`
`You will need 232 cubic feet of concrete for this slab.`

Before you pour this slab, you check to see how close the depth measurement is in a few places, and it looks pretty good. But there will be concrete wasted, and you decide on a 6% waste factor.
First divide 6% by 100;
```6 ÷ 100 = 0.06
232 *1.06 = 245.92 rounded to 246```
`With a waste factor of 6%, you will need 246 cubic feet of concrete.`

`Convert 246 cubic feet to cubic yards by multiplying this amount by 0.037;`
`246 * 0.037 = 9.102 rounded to 9.1`
`246 cubic feet = 9.1 cubic yards of concrete.`

`Convert 246 cubic feet to cubic metres by multiplying this amount by 0.028316846592;`
`246 * 0.028316846592 = 6.9659 rounded to 6.97`
`246 cubic feet = 6.97 cubic metres of concrete.`