Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Calculating Swimming Pool Volume in Cubic Feet

This article will quickly show how much dirt is needed to fill a moderate size swimming pool.

I am going to use the following backyard as an example.

Lets see how much fill dirt would be needed by finding the surface area and depth of this pool to get an estimated total volume...

1677 cubic feet of dirt is about 62 cubic yards. That would fill approximately 300 wheelbarrows.

The above calculation is fairly accurate if your pool is perfectly straight and squared on the bottom. Most pools are rounded or tapered along the bottom. This will make the calculation a little high. So what I would do is just round it down a little to 1500 cubic feet for tapered or very round bottoms, or 1600 cubic feet for slightly rounded bottoms. That will give you an easier and more accurate number to work with.

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