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qualitylawnman
01-22-2006, 08:19 PM
I am getting ready to bid on a retaining wall that is 80 feet long and will be about 3 feet tall. We will be hand digging the footers because there is no way to get a bobcat in the back yard. I was wondering if i should charge by the sq ft or charge cost plus. Would also like to know what some of your would charge to do this wall.

neversatisfiedj
01-23-2006, 08:29 AM
9600.00 Hand dig yuk

Squizzy246B
01-23-2006, 09:15 AM
If you could get a hired mini-ex into the site then I would factor that into a sq/ft rate. A block rate is how we quote our bigger walls. If not then its time and materials. I personally don't like...yes thats "don't like" time and materials because I like the customer to know what they are in for before the big bill comes at the end. Sometimes its the only fair way though.

DVS Hardscaper
01-23-2006, 10:21 AM
There is a lot of valuable info regarding unit pricing vs charging based on the job itself. You may wanna utilize the search feature :)

Mike33
01-23-2006, 07:51 PM
If my bobcat and hoe won't fit! I can not fit! Good luck with the hand work.

neversatisfiedj
01-23-2006, 09:30 PM
I've done my share of hand work - but you get older and wiser.

"Work smarter , not harder"

LandscapePro
01-23-2006, 10:59 PM
Agrees with Never and Mike......... LOL

Mike
La. Landscape Contractor #2576

UNISCAPER
01-23-2006, 11:09 PM
Why not crane a mini X over the house? It will cost you $1,600.00 for a half day, then the same to get it out. Hand labor for a week of digging with a crew is going to cost way more than that.

All you told us is the wall cannot be accessed with a bobcat. I order to price it, we need to know weather it is going on flat ground, weather you have a decending toe slope? Weather the earth on top of the wall is sloped or flat, all the good stuff.

GreenMonster
01-24-2006, 08:45 AM
You could also possibly rent some mini mini stuff. They make mini skids and x's that will go 36" wide.

Hand digging? No thanks.