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Sand Calculator

This is a tool that helps you estimate how much sand you need to fill a given space.

Sand Calculator

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Sand basics
Types and grades
How dense is sand?
What is the weight of a yard^3 sand?
What is the weight of one cubic meter of sand?
What's the price of one tonne of sand?
How much does a tonne of sand cost?
Ton vs. tonnes, tons vs. tonnes

Sand basics

Sand is a naturally occurring granular substance that is composed of finely separated rock and minerals, polished to a variety of degrees. Sand can be described as either finer gravel or coarser sand. In some cases, "sand", which can be described as a type of soil that has more than 85 percent of its mass made up of sand-sized pieces, is also used. Sand is a sustainable resource over the long term, but it is virtually non-renewable in the human timescale. Concrete is made up mainly of sand. Concrete sand, due to the high demand in concrete construction, is also highly sought-after.
The silica quartz (silicon oxide - SiO2) is the most prevalent constituent of sand in both non-tropical coastal settings as well as inland continental settings. Calcium carbonate is the second most popular type of sand. It is found mostly in coastal areas and on islands. This is usually created by shellfish and coral. The composition of pebbles can vary depending on their location and the conditions in which they formed.
Sand is sold in small packages of several pounds/kilograms for garden and domestic use. Bags of 40, 60, and 80 lbs for larger projects are available in bags of 25kg or 50kg in Europe. Concrete mixing, construction, and other uses. It comes in trucks and is sold per tonne.

Types and grades

Contrary to what many people believe, there is more than one type. It's determined by its size and intended purpose. Because different types of sands have different uses, it is critical to select the right size.
1. n-standard sand. Graded to pass an 850mm sieve.
2. n-standard sand. Graded between the 600mm and the 150mm sieves.
3. n-silica Sand, almost entirely composed of quartz-like grains (used in mortars and for testing hydraulic cement).
Type Description
20-30 Sand
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standard sand. Graded to pass an 850μm sieve.
Graded Sand
n-
standard sand. Graded between the 600μm and the 150μm sieves.
Standard Sand
n-
silica Sand, almost entirely composed of quartz-like grains (used in mortars and for testing hydraulic cement)
Standard sand should also be light grey or white in color. It should not contain silt. The grains should be angular and should not be irregular. But, it is possible to have small amounts of flaky or rounded particles. Some manufacturers may use other methods to indicate the grade or type of the sand, e.g. "river sand" (also known as "builder's and" ("sharp sand"), "grit sand", concrete sand"), "masonry Sand", "M-10 sand") (granite sand), and "play sand") are all finer and more costly than the others.

How dense is sand?

100 lb/ft^3 is the typical density for sand. This corresponds to approximately 1600 kg/m^3. This number is used in the calculator to indicate that the sand is moderately damp.

What is the weight of a yard^3 sand?

A cubic yard of sand average weighs around 2700 lbs or 1.35 tons. A square yard of typical sand weighs around 900 pounds (410 kilograms) or less than half of a ton for a sandbox of 1-foot depth (30.48 cm). The sand's water content is moderate.

What is the weight of one cubic meter of sand?

A cubic meter of typical sand weighs 1,600kgs or 1.6 tons. A square meter of the typical sandbox, with a depth of 35 cm, weighs in at 560 kilograms or 0.56 tonnes. These numbers can be derived using the sand calculator.

What's the price of one tonne of sand?

A ton is usually 0.750 cubic yards (3/4 cu yd), which is 20 cubic feet. Sand is considered to be relatively damp because water can alter the density of the sand (e.g. It was raining or you left sand in the sun to evaporate water.

How much does a tonne of sand cost?

A typical tonne (or 0.625 m^3) of moderately damp sand fills approximately 0.625m^3. It can be either denser or less dense depending upon the water content and size of the sand particles.

Ton vs. tonnes, tons vs. tonnes

In calculating the weight of sand, you should not mix the tonne (metric tons) with the ton. The first is the one that is used worldwide and is equal to 1000kg by the international body for standardization. The United States is the only country that uses the ton. It is 2000 pounds (2500 lbs). While the difference is not significant, it can quickly add to a large number as the amount increases.

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Published: Thu Mar 03 2022
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