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How do you choose the right size of dumpster?

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To choose the right size of dumpster, estimate the volume of the debris, consider the space available in the dumpster, and take into account the unit's height. Choose a dumpster size that can easily contain the items being dumped. Consult a construction contractor and the dumpster renting company to help you select the right dumpster size.

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Dumpsters are normally available in volumes of 10, 20, 30 and 40 cubic yards. These values indicate the volume of debris the dumpsters can hold rather than their external dimensions.

A 10-cubic-yard dumpster is suitable for dumping a double-size bedding or couch and one shingle layer from a roof with an area of 1,500 square feet. Opt for this dumpster when carrying out a basic remodeling of home interiors.

Pick a 20-cubic-yard dumpster when cleaning the house extensively, doing floor or carpet renovations, and replacing a deck. A 30- and 40-cubic-yard dumpster is needed when carrying out considerable home renovations, constructing a new house and replacing all the windows or siding. Pick a dumpster that is not too tall, as this can make dumping large items difficult.

To estimate the volume of the debris, use a tape measure to approximately measure the length, breadth and height of the debris, and multiply the three numbers together. If there are items that cannot settle neatly within the dumpster, choose a size larger than the debris volume.

A construction contractor can give you an accurate estimate of the dumpster size required based on his experience. Certain trucks cannot haul away dumpsters that are overloaded, so consult a dumpster renting company for the right size of dumpster in advance.

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