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Old 06-03-2014, 02:26 PM  
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moist, non-compacted mostly clay soil, will the bucket
A. float
B. sink
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What is the bucket made out of? Steel, wood or styrofoam?

Is it real somehow important?

In general, it would sink. With adequate information, I could give you an estimate of the rate of sinking if you know the density of the water (fsh or salt).

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It will sink, I've tried this at work several times.

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It will sink, I've tried this at work several times.
My first thougt was why would we need to know but now I have to know why and why more than once.
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No specific reason but we deal with water mains and broken water mains constantly.(when I say mains I mean the mains in the street usually 6" or larger) my guys try all sorts of things with buckets to see what floats and what doesn't or how much they can put in a bucket before it sinks and now that I am typing this I realise they are probably just milking the clock messing around. I can't remember but we can fit a sand bag or two filled with dirt and the bucket will float nicely.

I can show that pipe floats too, this is 10" C900 Class 200 PVC Pipe

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When I was young I worked installing sewer pipes to houses, anytime we were leaving a pipe overnight we attach an elbow and filled it with water. We never had a trench full of water but I guess the boss had seen that movie. They always had a plug at the street for the test.

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I needed to know how much fill dirt I could take to the transfer station at one time without exceeding a half ton load capacity, which translates to, How many 5 gal buckets of soil would this be?

So I took a sample of soil and measured the volume and the weight, and the density came out slightly less than that of water.

I didn't believe it so I put the (plastic) bucket in a pond.

It did float.

Whaddya', whaddya'. . .?

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OK?? 1000/(wt of full bucket -tare wt of bucket)

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I needed to know how much fill dirt I could take to the transfer station at one time without exceeding a half ton load capacity, which translates to, How many 5 gal buckets of soil would this be?

So I took a sample of soil and measured the volume and the weight, and the density came out slightly less than that of water.

I didn't believe it so I put the (plastic) bucket in a pond.

It did float.

Whaddya', whaddya'. . .?
We don't have that luck, ours sink. Stupid CA Dirt.
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When I was young I worked installing sewer pipes to houses, anytime we were leaving a pipe overnight we attach an elbow and filled it with water. We never had a trench full of water but I guess the boss had seen that movie. They always had a plug at the street for the test.
We usually center load the pipe with dirt especially when the rains are coming. My guys were in a hurry an "Forgot". I want to strangle them.


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