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How to calculate how much sharp sand I need

Sharp sand is a coarse-grade material used in a wide variety of homeowner projects. Common uses for this material include bases for pavers, coverage for gardens or additions to concrete projects for drainage purposes. When you purchase sharp sand, it will most likely come in bags listed at a specific square metres of coverage. For major projects, you will probably contract a supply company to obtain the necessary material. Proper measurements are necessary to order the correct amount of sharp sand.

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  1. Measure the length and width of the project area. Separate each section into measurable squares or rectangles.

  2. Calculate the depth of needed sharp sand for your project.

  3. Multiply the length times the width times the depth to determine the total cubic square metres for your project.

  4. Take this figure with you when shopping for sharp sand material.

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Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
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About the Author

Daniella Lauren has worked with eHow and various new media sites as a freelance writer since 2009. Her work covers topics in education, business, and home and garden. Daniella holds a Master of Science in elementary education and a Bachelor of Arts in history from Pensacola Christian College.

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