10 Everyday Items That Weigh About 40 Pounds

Have you ever thought, “how much is 40 pounds?” You might think it’s too much or little, but the fact is, it’s more of a moderate weight. In terms of conversion, 40lbs is about 18.1kg. to give you a better idea, here are some everyday items that weigh forty pounds.

1. Four Gallons of Paint

3 gallons of paint 20 kilograms

Paint is mostly used to protect, color, or provide texture to objects. In buildings, they are used to make the walls beautiful and presentable.

Paint can be purchased or made in various colors and different types, such as synthetic or watercolor. It’s sold, stored and applied as a liquid, but most it dries into a solid.

A gallon of paint weighs about 10-11 pounds, hence four gallons will weigh about 40-44 pounds.

2. An Average Human Leg


A human leg is the entire lower limb of the human body inclusive of the thigh, foot, and hip. In human anatomy, it refers just to the lower limb, which extends from the knee to ankle, also known as crus.

A leg (humans) limb (animals) primary function is to support the body and help or aid in movement.

For an average person weighing about 137 pounds, his or her legs weigh approximately 40 pounds, but the weight increases with the body mass.

3. A Heavy Stroller Travel System

A travel system refers to a pushchair that easily fits other parts as well. Think of it like a stroller, but one that fits a car seat, carrycot, and toddler seat or seat unit.

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The advantage over normal strollers is your munchkin can nap on the go, either on the car seat or toddler seat, and you don’t have to disturb them.

Forty Pounds is definitely on the heavy end of the scale for travel systems. The lightest travel system weighs a little over 25 pounds while the top weight limit is about 40-50 pounds. This extra weight is determined by what you wish to carry besides your baby.

4. Five Male Maltese Dogs


The Maltese breed is an elegant dog breed that is said to have originated from south-central America.

This breed has long, silky hair from head to foot with a life expectancy of 12-15 years. They are very affectionate, eager, and despite the size, they make a good companion.

The male grows to a height of 20-15 centimeter or 8-10 inches, while the female is about 20-23 cm (8-9in). A male weighs 3-8 pounds while the females weigh 2-7 pounds. To get 40-pound weight, you need about five male Maltese dogs.

5. An Elephant’s Heart


Elephants are among the largest land animals on earth. They have large floppy ears, long noses or trunks, and wide thick legs.

This makes them unique, since no other animal has the same physique. What’s surprising is how much their hearts weigh. The average weight is about 12 to 21kg, equal to 26.4-46.2 pounds, and comprises about 0.5% of the animal’s total body.

Unlike most mammals, elephants’ hearts have an atypical-shape having a double apex at the base. Whilst other mammals have a single pointed apex at the base (heart-shaped).

6. A Medium Bag of Dog Food


Most people have pets at home, ranging from dogs, cats, pigeons, and other animals. Dogs are known to be a man’s best friend and very loyal.

Dogs need to feed, and they have food specially formulated for their consumption. Healthy dogs have specific diets that consists of proteins, animal fat, beet pulp, meat, and bone meal. some dog foods have vegetable oil, ground whole corn, and brewers rice. What you buy depends on your dog’s breed and preference.

Dog food packaging ranges between 18 to about 70 pounds. A medium bag of farm dog food weighs approximately 40 pounds and of chicken flavor.

7. A Bag of Lawn Fertilizer


When growing a healthy green lawn, Fertilizers are essential. Unfortunately, most homeowners think that mowing, aerating, and thatching is enough, but it’s because they don’t know which product to use, how and when.

The primary nutrients are phosphorous, nitrogen, and potassium. They help the grass grow and keep the lawn green. Doing a soil test enables you to decide the ratios of what your grass needs.

There are different lawn fertilizers, and you have to be specific about what you want when buying. The packaging is in varying weights, but you will find bags to weigh approximately 40 pounds.

8. A Small Sack of Potatoes


Who doesn’t love potatoes? Most countries grow it as a staple food. Potatoes are members of the nightshade family that includes eggplants, tomatoes, and peppers.

Most people mistake them for root vegetables, but they are the swollen part of the stem of the perennial Solanum tuberosum. The part that provides food to the leafy part is known as the tuber.

Potatoes are packaged in sacks, and a large sack is about 364 pounds while a small bag is approximately 40 pounds.

9. A Bundle of Summer Squash


Summer squash refers to different varieties of fresh squash mostly harvested during summer.  Harvesting occurs when immature, while the rind is tender and edible.

These summer squashes varieties include zucchini, different types of yellow summer squash, and patty pans. Summer squash has nutrients such as vitamin c, beta carotene, folate, and fiber. They prevent inflammatory diseases such as arthritis, asthma and cancers.

A bundle of summer squash, also known as a bushel weighs about 40-44 pounds.

10. 3.5 HP Mercury Outboard Engine


Mercury outboards are small engines mainly used to power small tenders, inflatable boats, and canoes.

The design has an ergonomic handle that balances the engine hence making it easy to transport. Mercury outboards have a horsepower of 3.5hp, and a shaft length of 15 inches and weight differ depending on the type and model of the engine.

The models of these outboards range from 30hp to 2.5hp. A 3.5hp-four stroke outboard weighs approximately 38 pounds while a 3.5MH weighs about 40 to 43 pounds.

You might have been surprised to spot some of these items on this list. Most items are common in our homes, while others can easily be spotted in town and estates when you are taking a walk. Now that you know, you might want to share this information with family and friends.

Originally posted on August 12, 2020 @ 4:05 pm

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