How to tell if you are getting what you ordered

Gmart2683April 29, 2014

I ordered Soil form a company that delivers to your home. The loads were suppose to be between 10 to 12 cubic yards each. Some seemed shorter then the min of 10 yards. How can I tell if they are truly bringing 10 cubic yard truck loads? I don't want to be ripped off especially since Top soil is not Cheap. Thank you for any advise

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Due to settling it is incredibly difficult to tell what was loaded. I've loaded compost into a 5 yard trailer with a bit of a centre heap and just driving it 5 miles it had settled about 4 or 5 inches. If you can watch them load and know the volume of the bucket you can get an idea of what you are getting. Other than that you're pretty well at the mercy of the supplier.


    Bookmark   April 29, 2014 at 9:02PM
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darth_weeder(z7 NY)

Finding out how big the truck was that delivered it would give you an idea also.

    Bookmark   April 30, 2014 at 11:28AM
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toxcrusadr Clay Soil(Zone 6a - MO)

If they are dumping in a nice pile, you can probably estimate the volume with a measuring tape and a little geometry. I like the truck size idea better though.

    Bookmark   April 30, 2014 at 3:03PM
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Because of the entrained air in the soil when it is loaded there will always be settling. Unless your states department the regulates weights and measures certifies how the landscape company loads this bilk material you may not get the exact amount you ordered although it will be fairly close. Most often, in my experience, reputable landscape companies will load a bit more rather then a bit less.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2014 at 7:07AM
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