That will give you the OUTER tub capacity not inner usable tub, back to the drawing board.
You are correct, but I want the outer tub capacity, because this is how much water it takes to do a wash. I'm not trying to figure out how many clothes I can put in the washer - I want to know how much water I can put in it. We are creating a rain collection system and this is what we need to know. Measuring the water before we put it in automatically accounts for the volume of the agitator, inner tub wall, etc. Perhaps others have some other goal in mind.
Do you need to figure the volume of clothes and how much water they absorb too?
Not trying to be a smart as either, just wondering what all needs to be figured into creating a rain collection systems, sounds interesting.
Thanks for your interest! Yes, I do need to factor in the clothes, but I am going to take the same approach (today) - add clothes. I don't think you can measure that easily either, because as you say, they are absorbent. I don't think they add that much volume, they're so porous, but depends on what the fabric is. Will be interesting to see - I'll post about it afterwards.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think it matters to the washer if I get a little too much in - I assume it's designed to go down the drain if it does. I just don't want to waste the rainwater.
If you are interested in rain collection, my husband has a lot of information he loves to share and discuss with people.