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how match to charge for digging swimming pool in s. florida

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by i dig it inc, Oct 15, 2008.

  1. i dig it inc

    i dig it inc LawnSite Member
    Posts: 22

    i need help to give quot to pool contractor for digging swimming pool
    i never dug that big, how do you go about the rocks and what alse that you canot see that buried there.
    and as we all now every body want a fix price!!!
    he have two pools to dig one on open lot, seconed with limted accsess
    thank you
  2. YellowDogSVC

    YellowDogSVC LawnSite Gold Member
    from TX
    Posts: 3,757

    hey I"m from weston area. Grew up in Davie! Went to Western High! Sadly, I didn't do excavating down there but had quite a few lawn jobs back in the day.
  3. Junior M

    Junior M LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,550

    Our pool digger goes for 100 dollars an hour and digs with a John Deere 410 backhoe

    the pool builder pays for the haul off of the spoils and pays for the gravel if water is hit and he adds the "could happen" expense in just incase something happens and if he doesnt use it, it turns into profit..
  4. ksss

    ksss LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 7,129

    Do you plan on using that walk behind skid steer?

    I dug a pool this Fall. First one of any size in 15 years in business. 45'X35'X10' graduating to 3'. I used a 160 sized excavator. I had 8 hours on the big hoe and 2 on the TK. $150 an hour on the 160 and $85 an hour on the TK.
  5. Junior M

    Junior M LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,550

    I bet you hits lots of rock! I was going to ask the same thing but I wasnt going to ask because there isnt anyway that thing has enough digging depth to go that deep...
  6. ksss

    ksss LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 7,129

    Yea the rock was present from the first bucket to the last. I learned a lot on digging that pool. The pool company was on site and pulled grade and told me what they wanted. It would not seem that time consuming, but it is. If that was a basement of the same size it would have been a couple hour deal. Getting the floor and sides to grade was a challenge. Now that I have done one I would be faster on the next one.

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