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So our backyard is under renovation. The wife wanted to repot several plants into bigger containers and we needed a couple bags of soil

I decided to get two bags, two cubic yards each. These things are back breakers.

Reading the packaging, it says "dry weight 26 pounds, net weight 48." These things were $7 each.

I have water at home, come straight out of the hose. Why on earth are they paying for shipping 2x the weight from point A to point B. As a consumer, I would prefer to carry half the weight.


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A cubic yard of soil will weigh a LOT more than 26 lbs dry.

4 cubic yards of soil will cover an area 20’ X 11’ to a depth of 6”
 
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Just reading the packaging. I wouldn't want to buy wet concrete either.


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Just a guess, they can compact soil when it is damp easier than when it is dry and fluffy.


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I’m sure it soaks up moisture sitting outside at HD or Lowe’s
 
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Dood! If you can pick up a cubic yard of soil, dry OR wet, you da MAN!

I suspect you meant cubic feet...




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I suspect the bags are in cubic feet, not yards.

A yard of soil, dry, will weigh over 1,000 lbs.
 
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From my days of working at a concrete batch plant, A yard of concrete including the water is + - 4,000lbs. 440 cement, around 1600 stone and 1700 sand. It varied with the moisture content of the sand. Water was around 40 gallons.

This is for a 3,000 PSI load.


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Yes, it is cubic feet.

Still doesn't answer the question of why they package it wet


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Originally posted by dlc444:

Still doesn't answer the question of why they package it wet


Maybe they don't. Maybe it get's wet in transit?



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Just a guess, they can compact soil when it is damp easier than when it is dry and fluffy.


That and/or it's easier to dig and pack it when it's damp, with less blow-off.

I'm thinking back to shoveling clumps of damp dirt vs. piles of dry dirt and the resulting clouds of dust.
 
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Like others, I'd say it's to keep the dust down and limit product loss during the packaging process.



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You really do not want to know. You assume that the wetness is water, think of other liquids.
 
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The only thing that I could think of would be packaging size. Damp would be smaller. Able to ship more packages wet than dry.
 
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My guess is there are live organisms living in the soil and all living things need water.
 
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Originally posted by rtquig:
From my days of working at a concrete batch plant, A yard of concrete including the water is + - 4,000lbs. 440 cement, around 1600 stone and 1700 sand. It varied with the moisture content of the sand. Water was around 40 gallons.

This is for a 3,000 PSI load.
What does this have to do with the question ?
 
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Originally posted by rtquig:
From my days of working at a concrete batch plant, A yard of concrete including the water is + - 4,000lbs. 440 cement, around 1600 stone and 1700 sand. It varied with the moisture content of the sand. Water was around 40 gallons.

This is for a 3,000 PSI load.
What does this have to do with the question ?


Because everyone is so focused on a simple typo where the OP said yards instead of feet. Even though everyone knows what he meant to say they have to point out how much 1 yard of dirt weighs.


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