by Dirtman » Sun Jul 16, 2006 1:38 am
Sorry, no simple answer!
A cubic foot is a volume.
A linear meter is a length.
Cubic feet (volume) is calculated using at least three dimensions: length, width and depth. If you knew the dimensions from which the cubic footage was calculated, you would also need to know WHAT dimension (length? width? all?) you needed to use to obtain total length.
In your example, if you had 50 - 1.2 cubic foot boxes, you could place them end to end and come up with a viable answer only IF the boxes were made up of the same dimensions: 1.06265857' long * 1.06265857' wide * 1.06265857' high. That would total a length of 53.1329285 feet in any of the dimensions since theyâ€™re all the same (did you come up with 60 feet?). 53.1329285 feet would total 16.19 meters.
Sounds simple enough, doesnâ€™t it? But, if the dimensions of the 1.2 cubic foot boxes weren't the same, you would have a different answer.
What if the boxes measured 1.549' long * 1.549' wide * 0.5' high? It is still 1.2 cubic feet per box! Place them lengthwise end to end. Now you have a total length of 77.45' or 23.61 meters.
Or 50 boxes measuring 2.4814' long * 0.78' wide * 0.62' high? Again, the volume is 1.2 cubic feet. Again, place them lengthwise end to end. Now you have a total length of 124.07' or 37.82 meters.
See the problem?