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07-03-2008 01:39 AM

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How many lineal feet, 8 inch wide boards, will I need to cover 655 square feet? I know ya all think I am looney to begin with , this just proves it?
My hubby and I are at odds on this one
MATH teacher please?
Oh and PEACE!!!

-- Allison, Northeastern Ca. Remember, Amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic!

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#1 posted 07-03-2008 01:42 AM

Math challenged—not looney. That comes from another math challenged person. Anything like this I have to call my sister-in-law. I know we have a lot of math types here. You’ll get your answer (and I hope you win the bet with your husband).

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#2 posted 07-03-2008 02:24 AM

Are we speaking of 8 foot long boards? If so I think you will need 123 boards.

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#3 posted 07-03-2008 02:44 AM

655 sq. feet = 94,320 sq. inches. 1 lineal foot of an 8” wide board = 96 sq. inches. 94,320/96=982.5 lineal feet. bhack is correct.

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#4 posted 07-03-2008 02:48 AM

If you’re going to ‘tongue-and-groove’ the boards, don’t forget to subtract for the loss in width.

-- Earle Wright, Lenoir City, Tennessee

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#5 posted 07-03-2008 03:10 PM

I got the same answer as did NorthWoodsMan. Assuming each board is 8” wide, you will need 982.5 LF. pkennedy

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#6 posted 07-03-2008 03:35 PM

982.5 linear feet is correct. The easy way to think of it (for me) is that a foot is 1.5 times as big as 8 inches. So just multiply 655×1.5 and you get 982.5.

Of course we are assuming that the boards are a full 8 inches.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 07-03-2008 03:47 PM

Charlie showed you the common sense way to do it. You should be able to do this yourself next time now. He also had a great question …. A full 8”? This sounds like a “deck” question. Are those boards really 7 1/2 inches wide?

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#8 posted 07-03-2008 03:57 PM

Oh, and I guess it goes without saying that you also have to allow for waste. When cutting boards to length to fit the dimension of your room or deck, you will inevitably be left with a number of short pieces that you will be unable to use. One of you guys who does construction can correct me if I’m wrong, but I think figuring 10% over what the math calls for is pretty standard.

In this case 982.5×1.1 = 1080.75 LF.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#9 posted 07-03-2008 07:09 PM

This was a request from the “Hubby”. Those of you that have looked at my projects may notice that they are hung on what we call “Lincoln Log Siding” made for the outdoors. Well we have it indoors. That is what our walls are ,Lincoln log outdoor siding cept in the house! Well he went to Reno (Nevada) last weekend and won enough money to put Lincoln log siding on the proper side of his house.LOL!!! So that is what this question was for. He needs to know the measurements. We live in a VERY small house. I am not complaining. Its a joke among friends that we live in an inside out house.
Thanks everybody I appreciate it. Now if I could only get that new Hegner…..HUMMMMMMMMMM

-- Allison, Northeastern Ca. Remember, Amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic!

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#10 posted 07-04-2008 03:34 AM

Alison, If 655 is your exact square footage, I would round it off too 700 square feet to allow for cutoofs
NOW, make believe it is a 10’H X 70’L wall i was covering (10×70=700 sqft) .
Bear with me now, @ 8”wide, 3 boards cover 2’ The wall is 10’ high so you need
3 boards for every 2’
3 X 5 = 15 rows (3=2’, 6=4’, 9=6’, 12=8’, 15=10’)
15 rows X 70’ long wall =15 X 70 =1,050 linean feet of materiel
if anyone finds this to be incorrect let me know please,
Hopefully You find this Helpful

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