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Old 10-02-2013, 06:22 PM
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Configuring Labor Cost For Retaining Wall

I am bidding out out a 490sqft two tier retaining wall. I will be using Versa-lok Standard block. I have all my material cost ready but having trouble deriving a lobar cost. Ive heard people charging $28 per sq foot to install but does this include material? Any other configuring methods? I am open to suggestions. Any input helps. Thanks.
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Old 10-02-2013, 07:37 PM
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I am bidding out out a 490sqft two tier retaining wall. I will be using Versa-lok Standard block. I have all my material cost ready but having trouble deriving a lobar cost. Ive heard people charging $28 per sq foot to install but does this include material? Any other configuring methods? I am open to suggestions. Any input helps. Thanks.
I can't tell you what to charge, that's something you learn onto ur own.

Labor to build r-walls is based entirely on estimated production times, not square foot.

R-walls are usually in challenging places. On steep embankments. Difficult access. And so forth. If it was dream work - then a wall would not be necessary.

Calculate your time to lay the wall out.
Factor in your time for meeting with the engineer.
Factor in your time for obtaining the permit.
Factor in the time to excavate the footer(s).
Factor in the time to install aggregate base and compact.
Factor in time to install the base course.
Factor in time to set the block, filter fab., and grid.
Factor in time to backfill and compact.
Factor in time to grade, seed, and straw.
You may have to clean a driveway and street at the end if each working day. This time needs to be factored into you "bid". "Bid" is a bad word. "Bids" are done at car auctions.
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Old 10-02-2013, 08:39 PM
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I am bidding out out a 490sqft two tier retaining wall. I will be using Versa-lok Standard block. I have all my material cost ready but having trouble deriving a lobar cost. Ive heard people charging $28 per sq foot to install but does this include material? Any other configuring methods? I am open to suggestions. Any input helps. Thanks.

See as DVS clearly and cleanly laid out, time is the key factor hear in order to price by the sq. You need historical production data that only comes with time and due diligence in keeping notes and data from previous jobs. If you do not possess this Intel then I suggest you charge by the hr. For a dozen jobs. Their are jobs even I would never give a set price on large boulder walls come to mind.
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Old 10-05-2013, 09:48 PM
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Old 10-06-2013, 10:40 AM
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As DVS said, it all is based on your time expectations.

So many guys fail to figure in all of the time that is spent for the job, but not necessarily on the job site.

One of the hardest things I had to do was time breakdowns.
Had to carry a notebook with me to log in times for various parts of a job.
It can be a real pain in the neck when you are doing several things all at once on a job
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