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Old 09-18-2010   #1 (permalink)
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Question Five Gallons

You are mixing cement and the recipe calls for five gallons of water. You have a garden hose giving you all the water you need. The problem is that you only have a four gallon bucket and a seven gallon bucket and neither has graduation marks. Find a method to measure five gallons.

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Old 09-23-2010   #2 (permalink)
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So, I guess it's about time to open this one up for your responses. Actually, this is sort of a classic, though the numbers may change, so I suspect many of you have the solution at your finger tips.
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Fill the 4 gal bucket. Pour the water into the 7 gal bucket. Fill the 4 gal bucket. pour 3 gal into the 7 gal bucket (filling it) This leaves 1 gal in the 4. Empty the 7 gal bucket. Pour the 1 gal left in the 4 gal bucket into the 7 gal bucket. Fill the 4 gal bucket, and pour into the 7 gal bucket. This gives you 5 gal in the 7 gal bucket.
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pfffffffffft..... real question is...... how many pounds of cement mix do you need
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pfffffffffft..... real question is...... how many pounds of cement mix do you need
If it's the clowns who are doing our house reno....about a truckload ought to do it.
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Old 09-28-2010   #6 (permalink)
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The Official Answer

Pour the four gallon bucket filled with water into the empty seven gallon bucket. Fill the four gallon bucket up again and poor as much as you can into the seven gallon bucket until the seven gallon bucket is full. Now there is one gallon left in the four gallon bucket. Empty the seven gallon bucket and transfer the one gallon of water into the seven gallon bucket. Fill the four gallon bucket one more time, then pour the four gallons into the seven gallon bucket which already has one gallon in it, making a total of five gallons.
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