small wall that i was underbid for

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by cooltype, Aug 24, 2008.

  1. cooltype

    cooltype LawnSite Member
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    :dizzy:this guy bid about $500 less than me, used play sand for base, no drain, and no gravel, 2 gutters run into this bed, my guess is all the sand will wash out after first big rain, and wall is going to fall eventually what do yall think??

    oh yeah the last pic is where there is over an inch of just bare sand to make the block level after stepping up. :hammerhead:

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  2. Travis E

    Travis E LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Come one now, common sense will tell you that the mulch will be washed out with a light shower, the play sand will wash out! I've only built them for family so far and I've done better then that. I don't know much about the drainage behind the wall though, haven't made any more then a few blocks tall
     
  3. Hardscaping

    Hardscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    don't know what your talking about that is top notch work!

    Better than anything i have seen.
     
  4. cooltype

    cooltype LawnSite Member
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    :laugh:oh i know the sand is going to wash out. i didnt build this another guy did in case i didnt make that clear. the guy told them he would be using gravel and drainage too is the sad part, i was told they were getting a "break" on the labor. I feel bad for the homeowners b/c i know them fairly well and i mow the yard every week. Just goes to show that cheaper is almost never better
     
  5. shethinksmytractors_sexy

    shethinksmytractors_sexy LawnSite Member
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    what are you talking about? the wall will be gone in weeks...
     
  6. Hardscaping

    Hardscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    come on now that will hold up until the cows come home!
     
  7. cooltype

    cooltype LawnSite Member
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    oh yeah you know it. would have been better off to save that money wasted on sand and just use dirt
     
  8. Hardscaping

    Hardscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    i wouldn't go near that with your mower as you do and the huge vibrations from that beast of a mower makes the wall fall over and then you are liable for fixing it cause it was caused by the 200 pound riding mower you drive! lol
     
  9. cooltype

    cooltype LawnSite Member
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    yeah, i have a feeling this is going to end up costing more in the long run because it will definitely require more work in the future to straighten out this mess.....sad because it actually looked good a couple days ago. it rained today this wall may already be having problems:dizzy:
     
  10. Hardscaping

    Hardscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    well to fix that pour a bunch of concrete there and then spray paint it green to make it look like there is grass there lol.

    Or you could just tell them to tell the guy to come back and do it again because they didn't put the correct fill under the wall. i really only see the problems occuring in the one higher section the rest should be fine but still shouldn't be like that!
     

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