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Old 10-01-2008, 12:22 AM
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Labor rates for retaing walls

What is the best way to charge for installing retaing walls. I have no problem with the markup of materials. I am not sure on the labor end. Some jobs I need to bring in the excavator or tractor, some block is obviously alot lighter than others, and so on! Should I be charging by the foot? I recently installed 100ft of versa-loc block 4ft high at my home. I don't know what I should charge if I did it for a customer. Thanks
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Old 10-01-2008, 07:16 AM
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how long did it take you? how much do you want to pay yourself. your question is too vague
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Old 10-02-2008, 08:19 PM
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How long did the wall at your house take you to build?
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Old 10-04-2008, 08:19 PM
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I did not keep track of all the time involved. Between the # of trips to get the block and other supplies I really did not pay attention because I was paying not getting paid. I just thought by the size I gave and the type of block I used (465 Versa lock ) someone could give me an idea of what it was worth . Thanks
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Old 10-04-2008, 09:52 PM
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we charge by the square foot

12800.00 without grid (30-32 sq ft)
18000.00 with
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Old 10-06-2008, 07:14 PM
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4200 for grid. I didn't know it was that expensive.

Walls here are rarely large enough to use it.
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Old 10-06-2008, 08:24 PM
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Thanks guys for tne info!
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Old 10-06-2008, 08:29 PM
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4200 for grid. I didn't know it was that expensive.

Walls here are rarely large enough to use it.
The grid itself is not the expense. Its everything else involved with building a reinforced srw.

We rarly use native soils behind a reinforced wall. We always import what is called 'bank run' in new jersey. That way we know we know we will be able to get the right compaction behind the wall.
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Old 10-06-2008, 09:38 PM
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Pictures of a job with Geo-grid

the tiered patio is a different job, but the wall had about 2400.00 worth of grid in it, it was engineered @75' long cornering 48' x 5' exposed with 7 versa-lok lights, tiered wall sits 4' back(like i said it was engineered) the picture of the patio and fire pit are the same job total job cost @72,000.00 and it took @ 21 days to complete. the fire pit has gas igniter and crushed glass (1800.00 alone) it is really cool
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Old 10-07-2008, 10:43 AM
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I have never been on a retaining wall job that big before and I got one question.. Where did you put all that dirt in that last set of pics? did you haul a little off and stockpile the rest there to backfill as you build? or did you stockpile all of it on the job?
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