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HOW MANY HAND SHOVELS OF SAND EQUALS A CUBIC YARD

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Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Home Improvement
Expert:  Mr. Mike replied 9 years ago.
How long is a piece of string?

It all depends on how big the shovel is and how "heaped up" the shovel is each time. It would also depend on how moist the sand is, as damper sand compacts more.

But I have a shovel, and I have done some brick work that required moving a lot of sand, so here is my estimate.

A cubic yard is 27 cubic feet (3x3x3 feet).

It would take roughly five or six "shovels" (give or take one "shovel"), heaped up the way I do it, to fill one cubic foot.

So my estimate is between 135 and 162 shovels would amount to a cubic yard of sand. Call it roughly 145 shovels, but your mileage will vary depending on the shovel size and how "heaped" each shovel is.

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