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Old 11-13-2008, 10:17 AM
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Cost estimate on a cinder block wall help

I have a customer who wants me to build him a cinder block wall. Problem is, I am in lawn maintenance, not landscaping. He knows I know how to build them, however, and wants me to do it during the off season (like now). As this is my slow season I said I'd do it. I need the $$$

Can anyone help me with what to charge him? I assume this is done by the liner foot and how many courses high, right??? If so, it'll be three courses high and about 30 feet long.

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Old 11-13-2008, 10:36 AM
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You sure he wants "cinder" block?

Cinder Block hasn't been produced since the 1970's!

Maybe they want CMU, concrete masonry wall?



Most masons charge on a per block basis.
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Old 11-13-2008, 07:11 PM
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Sorry, DVS, not being in the landscape business I thought "cinder" block was the concrete blocks that are 16X8X8 that you build walls and foundations with. Landscapers often use them to build walls and then cover the block with stone veneer, stucco etc. That's what this guy wants.
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Old 11-13-2008, 07:18 PM
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Sorry, DVS, not being in the landscape business I thought "cinder" block was the concrete blocks that are 16X8X8 that you build walls and foundations with. Landscapers often use them to build walls and then cover the block with stone veneer, stucco etc. That's what this guy wants.
Your client wants CMU.
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Old 11-13-2008, 08:34 PM
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1st....how many days will it take you to complete

2nd...how much will your materials cost you

3rd...what is your overhead (gas, insurance, wages etc etc) per day X #1

4th...how much do you reasonably want to profit each day X #1
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Old 11-13-2008, 08:56 PM
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You need 140 block if the wall is going to be 30ft long and 3 courses high. this job should be right around 1000 dollars with block, mortar, sand and struck up if he wants it parged up and any type of cap it will be a little more...would take me about 3 hours to lay that wall up and be done. Also im assuming ur laying 12's if there small block you can be a little more easy on price however thats up to you. Around here block work gos for $3.25 to $4.50a block depending on a lot of things. any more questions just ask me i do this kind of work all the time.
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Old 11-13-2008, 09:00 PM
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footer, excavation, backfill, #57, grading.........
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Old 11-13-2008, 09:27 PM
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Why not retaining wall block?
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Old 11-13-2008, 09:56 PM
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Yes.. my price only inlcudes supplying and laying the block dos not include the footer i was assuming the footer was done and all you needed to do was lay block...If that is not the case you will def have an additional 1500-2000 grand in a footer with excavation rebar and concrete.
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Old 11-13-2008, 11:13 PM
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Thanks everyone for the help.

Mike,
Customer wants a wall that I have described. I have no clue why he does not want retaining wall block.

MRB,
Thanks for the detailed answer. That's exactly what I needed to feel comfortable giving him an estimate.

CA,
Educate me. What's CMU?
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