Looking for advise on building and bidding a retaining wall

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by Barrett Landscaping, Jul 28, 2011.

  1. Barrett Landscaping

    Barrett Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Just got back from looking at a client's yard where they want to have a retaining wall built. The dimensions are 75' by 3' tall above ground. I know that I will need to have the area dug out with a mini ex and set the foundation and go from there. My question is what are you guys getting on average per linear square foot? Also, although this is a relatively low wall, do you think i need geogrid since it has erosion? I am relatively new to doing walls but want to learn. Here are some pics. Please let me know what you think.

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  2. Barrett Landscaping

    Barrett Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
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    and some more....

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  3. Barrett Landscaping

    Barrett Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
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  4. jonesy5149

    jonesy5149 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Maine
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    ok here is one??????
    Are you keeping all those trees on the top of the wall??
     
  5. BradLewisLawnCare

    BradLewisLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
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    Versa-look.com read. That's what I use.
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  6. Barrett Landscaping

    Barrett Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
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    ideally i want to keep as many trees as possible. dont want to remove many since they help hold the hill. do you guys think that i need geogrid although this is a smaller wall?
     
  7. BradLewisLawnCare

    BradLewisLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
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    geogrid is cheap compared to the wall. I would include it every time. If it starts tipping, you will have wished you put it in when/if they call you.
     
  8. Barrett Landscaping

    Barrett Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
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    thats what i was thinking... i know that that does mean that i need o dig another 3 feet into the hill, but time is money. if i use geogrid, how do you guys factor that into your bid? I was planing on charging $20/ linear foot but that would not factor in geogrid
     
  9. Bru75

    Bru75 LawnSite Senior Member
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    $20.00 per linear foot will barely buy the blocks.
    Forget about linear or square foot pricing, you'll lose your a$$ that way. Figure up your time + material cost + machinery cost + overhead + profit.
     
  10. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
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    Correct.

    Forget about this per linear foot and per square foot and per nautical mile crap.

    Jobs are priced based on calculated materials required and estimated production hrs.

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