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  • Square Feet to Linear feet

    Hi, I'm new to this forum as well as the industry I am now working. I've been getting pricing for construction materials for a new home being built and have sent off material lists for quotes to several building supply houses. I have sent off the quantities needed for lumber 1" x 6" T& G in Sq. Feet units and receive back Board Feet Units or Linear Feet units. I would like to be able to convert all the quotes to linear Feet so I can compare pricing accurately. The problem I face is that everyone seems to have varied calculators for this conversion I guess this may be due to what each particular company factors in as a waste factor. What I don't understand is if I am asking for the same grade lumber how can the calculation vary so much?
    To confuse the matter I asked for 5/4 x 6 TG @1079 Sq ft and instead of linear or Bd Ft I got back a board price @ $11.99 for a 16' Bd. Please help!
    Last edited by Glenda; 07-17-2006, 02:22 PM.

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    Re: Square Feet to Linear feet

    Linear feet takes only the length of the board into account.

    Square feet would take the length in feet times the width in feet.

    Board feet is the length of a board that is 12 inches wide by 1 inch thick.

    To convert square feet to linear feet:
    square feet / width of board in feet = linear feet

    To convert board feet to linear feet:
    board feet / width of board in feet / thickness of board in inches = linear feet

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    • #3
      Re: Square Feet to Linear feet

      Linear feet takes only the length of the board into account.

      Square feet would take the length in feet times the width in feet.

      Board feet is the length of a board that is 12 inches wide by 1 inch thick.

      To convert square feet to linear feet:
      square feet / width of board in feet = linear feet

      To convert board feet to linear feet:
      board feet / width of board in feet / thickness of board in inches = linear feet


      Robert, Thankyou for your reply
      I belieive I understand all that, so a 5/4" x 6" x 16' Board would equal 10 Board Feet?
      (1.25 x 6) = 7.5 x 16= 10. For 1079 Sq Ft. The Lumber Yard Estimated 148 Boards = 1480 Bd Ft
      So If I am following you, to calculate linear ft from board ft
      10( Bd Ft) divided by .5 ( Width of Bd) Divided by 1.25( Thk of Bd in Inches)= 16 Linear Ft
      So 1480 Bd ft = 2368 Ln ft

      Convert Square Ft to Linear Ft
      1079 Sq Ft / .5 (Width of Bd in Ft)=2158 Ln Ft.

      Is the difference a waste factor or to account for actual Board measurement?

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      • #4
        Re: Square Feet to Linear feet

        From what I understand, lumber is not exactly what it says it is. For example, a 2x4 is not 2" by 4". So possibly the boards are not exactly 6" wide.

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        • #5
          Re: Square Feet to Linear feet

          I have a wall, 12' wide x 7' tall. I want to put 1 x 8 cedar boards horizontally. How many linear feet is this, and how many boards would I need?

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          • #6
            Re: Square Feet to Linear feet

            Are 1 x 8 boards 8 inches wide? Or is 8 something to do with the length?

            7 feet / (8 / 12) feet = 10.5 boards

            10.5 * 12 feet = 126 linear feet

            Thats assuming each board is 8 inches wide.

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            • #7
              Re: Square Feet to Linear feet

              since this is on the subject of linear feet I will post this here.
              I have a dealer who has priced logs to me for a cabin at 0.70 per LF
              which sounds wrong to me. He then stated that in my 70 X 45 log home shell I will have around 13,000 dollars tied up in it. But if he is using LF this price does not come out right.

              @0.70 cents per LF and the logs being 8" high and 7' Thick
              We are figuring 15 runs high so that would be
              70 X 2 and 45 X 2 which is 230 LF (if im right)
              230 X 15 runs high is 3450 LF so it would be more in the range of $2415 if he was right. Im lost on the whole matter

              he used some big long drawn out conversion of L x W bull divided by something else. I think he is working syaing its LF when it is actually BF

              can anyone tell me, using 8 X 7 inch logs
              house dimensions are 70 ft X 45 ft
              how many BF will I have here?
              (edited, question BF not LF)
              Last edited by wizzard308; 12-27-2007, 02:58 PM.

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              • #8
                Re: Square Feet to Linear feet

                Your calculation seems correct for the walls, assuming 15 logs high.

                The area LxW would only be relevant to the roof, whatever it is made of. Given that the roof has a slope and overhangs somewhat, it would larger than the floor area

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                • #9
                  Re: Square Feet to Linear feet

                  Ok so it would be safe to assume he was talking in BF not LF
                  He quoted me around 13K for the shell so with that being said its pretty obvious he is saying LF when he actually means BF

                  0.70 cents per LF is somewhat cheap for cut logs I would think.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Square Feet to Linear feet

                    I assume the logs are still somewhat rounded, so I am not sure exactly how a board foot would be defined.

                    If I just take the overall dimensions, 8" x 7", the cross-section area is 56 in^2 vs 12 in^2 in the definition of a BF. So the logs would be 4.667 BF/LF, or about $11,300.

                    Any rounding would reduce the actual cross-section, but who knows how they price.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Square Feet to Linear feet

                      plus 15% tax (jeez, where do you live, so I know where to not move), or $1,700 in labor and you have a neat 13 grand

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                      • #12
                        Re: Square Feet to Linear feet

                        Originally posted by gubment_cheez
                        plus 15% tax (jeez, where do you live, so I know where to not move), or $1,700 in labor and you have a neat 13 grand
                        good ol state of Tennessee
                        Here is the bad part most other suppliers charge like 4.50 BF for the logs
                        Ive had some quotes like 30 and 50K just in the freakin shell

                        Anyone know where you can get your logs for a better price?

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                        • #13
                          Re: Square Feet to Linear feet

                          I'm doing a random width plank hardwood floor job and i have 2 3/4 inch, 5 inch, and 7 inch planks. I need to know how many linear feet of each would it take to make up 930 square feet?

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                            Re: Square Feet to Linear feet

                            Originally posted by Unregistered View Post
                            I'm doing a random width plank hardwood floor job and i have 2 3/4 inch, 5 inch, and 7 inch planks. I need to know how many linear feet of each would it take to make up 930 square feet?

                            The 930 ft² has to be divided by the width, expressed in feet. To convert to feet, divide the width in inches by 12.

                            For example
                            930 ft² x 12 in/ft x 1/2.75 in = 4058 ft of the 2 3/4" material. You can substitute the other widths in the above.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Square Feet to Linear feet

                              I have a mobilehome total sq ft is 1366, what is the linar sq ft?

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