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# How many feet are in a yard ?

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There are 3 feet in 1 yard. These are part of the English system of measurement. Other common equivalents of length include 12 inches in 1 foot and 5,280 feet in 1 mile.

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Volume and weight measurements are also part of the English system. It developed as people used readily accessible household items and body parts to obtain measurements. For instance, a mile consisted of 1,000 paces, and a gallon, which is an old-fashioned name for "pail," measured a large amount of water. According to Regents, the problem with these procedures was inconsistency. Eventually, the English system became standardized, and people used identical units for measurement.

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A cubic yard is a dirt pile 3 feet wide, 3 feet long and 3 feet tall, so 20 cubic yards is a pile 15 feet long, 12 feet wide, and 3 feet tall. A small dump truck holds 5 cubic yards, although many companies provide larger trucks holding up to 10 or more cubic yards. A cubic yard of dirt covers a 10-foot-by-10-foot area with 3 inches of dirt.

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Concrete is sold in cubic yards, so the number of square feet in that yard depends upon how deep the concrete is poured. Concrete can be poured in different amount of thickness.