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Old 12-05-2010, 06:47 AM
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Wrapping Crape Myrtles?

Have a high end client with 6 15' Crape Myrtles at front door of their corp HQ they want to wrap. This is my second season so I haven't done a project like this yet. Does anyone have any idea about how many 50' strands per tree? I think I'm going to give them a good pruning before we start and get them back to 10' or so. Any idea about how many man hours to estimate? I've searched forum and elsewhere online for info but anything you guys could offer wold be appreciated.
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Old 12-05-2010, 08:04 AM
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Just guessing here but I would buy 4 strands per tree. That should be more than you'll need. No idea on what to charge for it.
For a job such as this that involves ladder work, I suggest charging more than your hourly labor charge. Say you charge is 45.00 an hour normally, add 15.00 or 20 on top of that. Or just charge 60 bucks per tree plus materials. It pretty much depends on what it is going to cost you to do the job plus an added profit margin.
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Old 12-05-2010, 11:06 AM
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I'm talking wrapping trunks, as many limbs as possible. The sales guy told me much more than that. A LOT MORE!!! How about white wire vs. green wire? Deciduous tree, leaves gone. ANy preferences? Thanks!
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Old 12-05-2010, 01:20 PM
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If you butcher the tree back to 10ft and wrap the individual limbs and trunks I would figure 12 per tree.......
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Old 12-05-2010, 08:00 PM
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we charge 25 per 100 lights, if you are tightwrapping use 3-4 inch spacing minis and I would estimate 500-1000 per tree depending on what I estimate when I look at them.
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Old 12-06-2010, 11:17 AM
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Jus ordered 42 75' 200 bulb strands (4.5" spacing). Have extra 50' sets at shop if needed so hope that's enough. Thanks for the input (keep any relevant info coming!) & I'll post pics when finished.
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Old 12-07-2010, 06:26 PM
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your gonna hate messing with 75' strands! max I go are 50 footers and they're a pain also.
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Old 12-07-2010, 07:17 PM
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Maks sense. I guess we'll just chalk that up at learning experience. Couldn't find any 50' with tighter spacing. We'll see what happens. Thanks for your help.
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Old 12-07-2010, 11:23 PM
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id go with the green wire(won't stick out like a sore thumb) and the 12 strands sounds pretty close. as far as what to charge--i charge $2.50 a foot.
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Old 12-08-2010, 06:18 AM
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I didn't consider wrapping the trunks, my bad. A 15' tree isn't that tall so I wouldn't think you would need 12 per tree...that's 600' of lights per tree! So loser I'm glad you bought what you did. Go green wire for sure!
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