The 1build Rapid Estimate view is designed to take the best of a spreadsheet and merge it with the most accurate cost data available. In each line item, you are able to insert formulas to automatically calculate your material and labor numbers. Here are some helpful formulas and conversions.

To convert Square Feet to Cubic Yards:

Total SF * Depth (or Thickness in Lineal Feet) / 27 = Cubic Yards

To Convert Lineal Feet to Cubic Yards:

Total LF * Width (in Lineal Feet) * Height (Lineal Feet) / 27 = Cubic Yards

To Convert Lineal Feet to Square Feet:

Total LF * Height (in Lineal Feet) = Square Feet

TIP: This can be used for things like wall area for drywall & insulation. This can also be multiplied by additional factors for things like double layers, etc.

To Convert Lineal Feet to Each (for studs):

Total LF / Spacing (in Lineal Feet) = Each

TIP: This works best for stud counts and items where you measure a distance, then figure how many items are there from the indicated spacing

To Convert Lineal Feet to Each (for board counts from total LF):

Total LF / Length (in Lineal Feet) = Each

TIP: This works best for board counts and items where you measure a distance, then figure how many items are there from the length of the desired board/material

To Convert SF to Each:

Total SF / SF per piece (think of a 4’x8’ piece of drywall) = Each

TIP: This works best for piece counts for things like drywall or plywood where each sheet covers a certain amount of square feet (e.g. 480 Total SF / 48 SF per sheet (4’x12’) = 10 sheets)

Quick Guide to decimal conversions from Inches to Feet (1-11 inches):

1” = 0.083

2” = 0.166

3” = 0.25

4” = 0.333

5” = 0.416

6” = 0.5

7” = 0.583

8” = 0.666

9” = 0.75

10” = 0.833

11” = 0.916


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