bidding versa lok or railroad tie walls

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by C Jovingo Landscaping, May 31, 2012.

  1. C Jovingo Landscaping

    C Jovingo Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    I got my 1st request for retaining wall estimate from my daughters boyfriends grandmother. Many years ago i worked for my uncles LCO & built many Versa Lok walls. Back then i heard him tell a friend he figured # of block needed then doubled price of block for the estimate. Is this acurate way of bidding. He hired outside guy (friend) to dig footer. I am replacing exsisting railroad tie wall with block. She also wants price for railroad ties incase block is out of budget. How do you price using block or rr ties. I know railroad ties r cheaper but almost want to price it higher so i don't have to deal with them! Lol! My estimate for # of block needed is approx 550 & approx 120 cap stones. Wall graduates from knee high to abt chest hight.
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  2. PaperCutter

    PaperCutter LawnSite Bronze Member
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    chest height on me is between four and five feet. Are you using grid?
     
  3. C Jovingo Landscaping

    C Jovingo Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    Abt 4'6" & yes I would b using grid?
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  4. FLCthes4:11-12

    FLCthes4:11-12 LawnSite Senior Member
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    same ole question materials+labor+desired profit=Quote. Everyone is going to be a little different.
     
  5. jbailey52

    jbailey52 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I always like the "desired profit" method.

    'well on this here job I'd like to make 65,000'

    Hasn't worked yet for me
     
  6. FLCthes4:11-12

    FLCthes4:11-12 LawnSite Senior Member
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    LOl yeah me neither these days Its nice just to profit
     

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