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Old 08-02-2008, 11:20 PM
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Old 08-03-2008, 07:09 AM
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I'm new to residential irrigation and still trying to get a grasp as to "what is standard or typical". Today's puzzle is trying to estimate the cost of digging the trench that the pipe lays in.

I am writing a quote for my second job. My first trench was dug by hand by 2 men. When I look at the first job. It took 62 man hours to remove sod, dig and then re-fill, then replace sod on 240 feet of trench. That figures to about 1 man-hour per 4 feet. If I charge $20/hr per man, that's about 5$ per foot labor to charge for the service. Did I have slow employees or is this somewhere near reality?? Off the top of my head, I would have guessed $2/foot to be used to calculate how much to charge.


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Or secondly, maybe someone can tell me where to read about the prefered way to dig an irrigation trench? I may be working the hard way and wrong way.
The fact that you are analyzing these costs are great INMO. How else can you determine if an employee is a producer or a slacker. Not just in hand digging but gluing, coverup, etc, etc. It is manual labor to a great degree even with a trencher. I've seen guys that look really busy but get little done. Experienced a guy recently who was the busiest non-producer I have ever met.
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Old 08-03-2008, 07:32 AM
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Typicaly the guys that dont do jack , spend most of their time telling you how good they are. Dont tell me, show me.
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Old 08-03-2008, 09:59 AM
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A few things to think about when trenching:

1.how deep?
2.soil climate? sand,clay....
"Soil climate" ????

Rotar, get yourself down to the libaray and borrow a copy of Brady's "The Nature and Properties of Soils" and/ or spend under $12 at amazon.com for this:

http://www.amazon.com/Soil-Science-S...dp/0881338133/
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Old 08-03-2008, 10:07 AM
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Economic climate
Political climate
Soil climate
I can see how one could put those two together
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Old 08-03-2008, 10:14 AM
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Old 08-03-2008, 11:26 AM
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I think they fit wonderfully together...


personally.
I'd bet most everyone knew what you meant.
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Old 08-03-2008, 11:31 AM
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I'd bet most everyone knew what you meant.
of course they did....


this place is just prone to bust balls..
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I remember when I started here...
I came in Guns a blazing.....Got flamed for a few months....

purple haze was still around with his "dinky pipe" stories.
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Old 08-03-2008, 11:39 AM
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I came in Guns a blazing.....Got flamed for a few months..
That was the last time anyone got on the "ignore" list.
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Old 08-03-2008, 11:41 AM
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That was the last time anyone got on the "ignore" list.


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