Labor for paver patio

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by pdenney11, Jun 18, 2010.

  1. pdenney11

    pdenney11 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I need some help with a labor hour estimate for paver job. I have done a few paver patios but they were when I was working for someone else. I'm putting a bid in for two seperate patios on the same property. One is 6'x9' and one is 6'x10'. Both areas are in between the houses foundation and a existing sidewalk. We should only have to cut about 6 blocks for one corner. We will be using a 12"x12" paver or a 8"x16" paver. All digging and base installation done by hand. I will have myself and two others guys on this project.
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  2. pdenney11

    pdenney11 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I don't need to know what everyone else would charge. Just looking for help on how many hours to complete a job this size. Thanks guys
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  3. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
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    they're not "pavers" if they're 12"x12" and 8"x16". they're "slabs". For your proposal wording.
     
  4. pdenney11

    pdenney11 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Thanks for the help
     
  5. AzLawnMan

    AzLawnMan LawnSite Senior Member
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    First, where are you taking the dirt that you excavated? If you are getting charged to get rid of the dirt you need to charge extra. Also if you take too much out, that means you gotta buy more AB. Second how much is your AB gonna be? Sand? Slabs? Snap Edge? Do you have the tools to do the job or are you renting? Plate compactor? Lots of questions before you can even have anyone help with a price. I just finished 800sqft and had to take out 6 inches of dirt, lucky for me there was a material place 2 blocks away that came and took the dirt for free! You need to know YOUR costs before you ask what you should charge. I dont charge by the sqft, if the customer wants to know what it comes out too, I will take my final price and divided it by the sqft and that is what they will pay per sqft.
     
  6. pdenney11

    pdenney11 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Thanks but I am not asking what to charge. I just wanted to know about how many hours it will take to complete the job.
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  7. AzLawnMan

    AzLawnMan LawnSite Senior Member
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    I dont wanna be a a$$, but no one on here can tell you how long it should take you. How fast can you excavate? how fast can you lay the AB and compact? how fast can you screed the sand? etc etc. I know how fast my crew can do that stuff. It looks like you are doing 114 sqft, not a very big job at all, but we have no idea how efficient you or your employees work. I have seen other companies knock out 1k sqft from start to finish in a day, it looked like crap when they were done but they still did 1k sqft. Be more concerned with the craftsmanship rather than time.
     
  8. pdenney11

    pdenney11 LawnSite Senior Member
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    No problem. I just figured I would see if anyone could help out a little. I guess I will never know unless I give it a shot and just see what happens. Thanks for your time.
     
  9. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
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    3 experienced guys should easily get a 6x9 done in a 1/2 day or so if their is a deficit in the experience department it will take longer. labor cost can run 1200
     
  10. pdenney11

    pdenney11 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Thanks Stillwater. I really appreciate your info. Two of us have had experience laying smaller paver and the other guy is just a friend that wants to help but is a hard worker. If 3 experienced guys can do it in half a day we should be able to do it in a day then easily. I want to take my time on it and do it right.
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