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Question DetailsAsked on 5/26/2017

I need 2 cu yards or 10,000 pounds of play sand.

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OK - something is off there - sand runs about 85-110 lb/cf dry, 100-130 pcf damp - so 2 CY would normally run about (assuming damp from an outdoor stockpile) 5400-7000# - not 10,000#. Or about 4600-5900# if dry product, if you can find it in bulk.

Generally about $50-150 truck bulk delivery charge, plus about $20-35/cy for normal sand (concrete or multipurpose sand in bulk) so you are looking at about $100-220 for 2 CY. Lower end would be for a guy with a tilt pickup or small dump truck or very cheap labor area, higher delivery charge for a full size dumptruck carrying a very little load. Stone and gravel would be your Search the List category for this. Note this (except in very large cities) would NOT be the washed and dried "play sand" you buy in bags at home improvement stores - it would be relatively clean sand (washed concrete sand more so than multipurpose) but still has some fines in it so will be "dirtier" i.e.a bit silty, and will be at least damp and maybe wet.

Of course, if you have a pickup or wallbed trailer, you can go to concrete plants or gravel pits and get a load yourself - just be careful about overloading - 1/3 to 1/2 CY is about your load for a small pickup, 1/2 to 3/4 CY for say a 250/2500 or larger model pickup, assuming you are not going a long ways or faster than about 45 mph going home.

Other alternative is bagged washed and dried play sand, usually in 50 or 60# (0.4 or 0.5 cubic foot usually) bags at home improvement box stores and some lumberyards and block and gravel operations. About 54-68 sacks for a cubic yard depending on bag size, so you would be looking at about 100-140 sacks at about typically $6-8 each or so for 2CY, plus typical $50-75 delivery charge for that size load - so MUCH more expensive (about $600-1200 total) than general construction sand. But will be cleaner - though most people are perfectly happy with Masons or General Purpose / Multipurpose sand for sandboxes or gardening use.

Also - you did not say what you are using this for, but that is a lot of sand - normal gardener using it to loosen up clayer soil goes through a dozen sacks or so at most in a good sized project, and normal sandbox is about 4x4x1 foot worth of sand or a bit over 1/2CY roughly, not 2 CY - so be sure your calculation is correct.

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