bid help

Discussion in 'Christmas Trees & Seasonal' started by Dman911, Dec 3, 2009.

  1. Dman911

    Dman911 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 40

    Hey guys,
    I have two bids to make. I am custome fitting the face of these two fronts. The large house is close to 200 ft. and the smaller is closer to 130 ft. My only problem is that I do not usually do houses with such steep roofs. The larger house seems more steep when looking at in person. How would you guys do this, also what would you charge for it?
    Would the larger house justify renting a lift?



  2. hotrod1965

    hotrod1965 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 587

    I would use extension ladders for the whole thing... piece of cake.
  3. wurkn with amish

    wurkn with amish LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 662

    I personally would rent a lift- towbehind kind. Its only 175.00 a day and much safer and faster than a ladder.
  4. turf hokie

    turf hokie LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,753

    Sissies, do it from the top, its faster.

    Roof shoes, chicken ladder, rope. 2 guys would get both done in a day.
  5. hotrod1965

    hotrod1965 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 587

    My two man crew gets them both done with ladders only in under 8 hours.

    A lift will take you longer once you go get it, set it up, laydown boards so you don't dig up the lawn.....etc.
  6. pdenney11

    pdenney11 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 380

    A lift will be safer but also more of a pain to set up. It could also tear up the lawn if you dont put boards down. I would only rent a lift if you could use it for a whole weekend worth of jobs or if you are uncomfortable being on a roof or ladder.

    If you end up working on alot of steep roofs like the first house I would invest in a good climbing rope and harness. Then you could do everything from the roof and not have much to worry about.
  7. onebreezer

    onebreezer LawnSite Member
    Messages: 109

    What do you tie to when using a harness? The chimney? Or a ladder on the other side of the house???
  8. Dman911

    Dman911 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 40

    I was wondering the same thing.
  9. David Gretzmier

    David Gretzmier LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,646

    peaks would be climbing and I would do 2 ladders on the straights with a guy on the ground moving ladders from left to right and to next straight while roof guy is climbing the peaks. bulb/clip all on ground in one long run, caps in fanny pack of roof guy for cutbacks, and set vampire plug in middle gutter downspout wherever outlet is near for cord drop. if c-9's only, my 2 best guys could do both jobs in a 8 hour day with a lunch thrown in there. but we probably would be doing wreaths, garland and mini's as well at least at one of the houses, so that adds time.

    You could harness the heavier guy on the top ridge of the roof to the lighter guy that does the clipping, but why? Timewise makes no sense, and more dangerous than one guy on ladder and one guy on ground moving ladders to keep the guy on ladders moving. and I don't do this or reccomend this, more danger and roof damage, but here Christmas Decor uses the rooftop inverted "V" anchor on the top ridge. You can buy them at Lowe's for around 50 bucks, and it reccomends 8-16 screws on each side depending on climber's weight. I just can't think about that many holes in a roof year after year, even if you seal it with silicone.


    2 year contract, auto renewable, I would charge the same per foot for both, 6.50 per foot the first year and 3.25 per foot in year 2, 3, etc. probably a slight price increase in year 4.
  10. pdenney11

    pdenney11 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 380

    Ive never used a harness but there is quite a few companies I have seen in my area that tie off to the chimney to do gutter cleaning and christmas lights. They also make some anchors that you screw to the decking under the shingles.

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