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Bidding a low retaining wall job labor only.

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by Leading Edge Decatur, Jun 16, 2010.

  1. Leading Edge Decatur

    Leading Edge Decatur LawnSite Member
    Posts: 55

    I was asked to bid an L shaped retaining wall (only 36" tall). The owner currently has RR ties and will remove them and purchase the blocks, gravel, sand, fabric etc. for the project. They want me to do install only (taking away my materials mark up). One section is 22' the other is 15'. Is $350 about right? too low? Also should I interlock the corner?
  2. Glenn Lawn Care

    Glenn Lawn Care LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,647

    i think that is very low. for something that is 3 feet tall and 22 feet long on one side and 15 feet on the other side!
  3. ROC lawn and landscapes

    ROC lawn and landscapes LawnSite Member
    Posts: 82

    What is the sand being used for??? how much experience do you have doing this?
  4. land_scaper70

    land_scaper70 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 107

    How are you digging it? Will you have a helper? How many days will it take? Is it straight or on a slope? When I use my machine I get a $100/hr + a helper. Send some pictures. If you can work for $350/day plus any rental is a better rate.
  5. Leading Edge Decatur

    Leading Edge Decatur LawnSite Member
    Posts: 55

    I put the sand on the gravel foundation after I compact gravel. I compact a small amount of sand and set the block on that. Seems to help make leveling the first course a bit easier.
  6. fastpine

    fastpine LawnSite Member
    Posts: 201

    That job shouldnt take more than a day, solo. Depending how close the HO got all the materials to the site. If its as simple as it sounds,,,Id get in there and bang that out in 8hrs at ~$45an hour and be rite around $350 as well.
  7. DLM155

    DLM155 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 53

    Assuming the dirtwork is already done I wouldn't touch it for under 450-500$. More if the terrain is working against me.
  8. 2brothersyardcare

    2brothersyardcare LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,116

    20 a square foot is what it gos for

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