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#5 Rebar — Size, Weight, Use-Cases and More

Discover the use-cases, diameter, weight and more for this size of rebar.

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What is 5 rebar used for?

#5 rebar is commonly used in concrete construction for various applications where stronger reinforcement is required. Some typical uses include:

  1. Structural Beams and Columns: Used to reinforce structural beams, columns, and other load-bearing elements in buildings, bridges, and other structures to enhance strength and resistance to bending.
  2. Foundation Slabs: Employed in the construction of foundation slabs for residential, commercial, and industrial buildings to provide structural support and stability.
  3. Retaining Walls: Utilized in the construction of retaining walls to strengthen the structure and prevent soil erosion or collapse, especially in larger and taller walls.
  4. Parking Structures: Used in the construction of parking garages and parking lots to reinforce concrete floors, ramps, and decks subjected to heavy vehicle loads.
  5. Bridge Decks: Incorporated into bridge decks and highway structures to reinforce the concrete and ensure durability and longevity under heavy traffic loads.
  6. Water and Wastewater Structures: Employed in the construction of water treatment plants, wastewater treatment facilities, and storage tanks to provide reinforcement in concrete structures subjected to environmental conditions and water pressure.
  7. High-Rise Buildings: Used in the construction of high-rise buildings to reinforce concrete elements such as shear walls, cores, and slabs to withstand vertical and lateral loads.

Overall, #5 rebar is suitable for a wide range of construction projects requiring stronger reinforcement in concrete structures subjected to heavy loads and structural demands.

Size & Diameter

What size is 5 rebar?

A #5 rebar (rebar size 5) has the following specifications:

  • Diameter: 5/8 inch (or 0.625 inches)
  • Metric Equivalent Diameter: 15.875 mm

The number "5" in #5 rebar means it is 5/8 inch in diameter. This sizing convention allows for easy identification of the rebar size based on its number designation.

Weight Per Foot

5 rebar weight per foot

To determine the weight of #5 rebar per foot, you can refer to standard industry weights for rebar sizes:

  • Diameter: 5/8 inch (or 0.625 inches)
  • Weight: 1.043 pounds per foot, or 1.556 kilograms per meter

This means that if you have a length of #5 rebar, you can calculate its weight by multiplying the length in feet by 1.043 pounds per foot.

An Example

For a 10-foot length of #3 rebar:

Weight = 10 feet × 1.043 pounds per foot = 10.43 pounds

This weight calculation is helpful for estimating the total weight of rebar needed for a project or for making sure you’re compliant with structural design specifications.

Ton Count

How many 5 rebar are in a ton?

In short: you would get approximately 48 pieces of 20-foot #5 rebar in a ton.

To determine how many you get in a ton, you need to know the weight of one. Here is a step-by-step process to make this calculation:

  1. Determine the Weight: #5 rebar has a diameter of 5/8 inch (0.625 inches). The weight per linear foot is typically 1.043 pounds.
  2. Calculate the Number of Linear Feet in a Ton: 2000 pounds / 1.043 pounds per foot ≈958.77 feet
  3. Determine the Length of Each Rebar: If you need the number of individual rebar pieces, you need to know the length of each piece.

For example, if each rebar is 20 feet long:

  1. Calculate the Number of Rebar Pieces in a Ton: Linear Feet per Ton / Length of Each Rebar (in feet)

For a 20-foot rebar:

958.77 feet / 20 feet ≈47.94 rebars

So, in a ton of #5 rebar, you would get approximately 48 pieces at 20 feet each.

More Rebar Sizes

Weight Per Foot
3/8 inch (or 0.375 inches)
0.376 lbs.
1/2 inch (or 0.5 inches)
0.668 lbs.
5/8 inch (or 0.625 inches)
1.043 lbs.
3/4 inch (or 0.75 inches)
1.502 lbs.
7/8 inch (or 0.875 inches)
2.044 lbs.
1 inch
2.670 lbs.
9/8 inch (or 1.128 inches)
3.400 lbs.
10/8 inch (or 1.27 inches)
4.303 lbs.
11/8 inch (or 1.41 inches)
5.313 lbs.
14/8 inch (or 1.693 inches)
7.650 lbs.
18/8 inch (or 2.257 inches)
13.60 lbs.
    • Dimensions
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