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Cost estimate on a cinder block wall help

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by Lee33, Nov 13, 2008.

  1. Lee33

    Lee33 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 90

    I have a customer who wants me to build him a cinder block wall. Problem is, I am in lawn maintenance, not landscaping. He knows I know how to build them, however, and wants me to do it during the off season (like now). As this is my slow season I said I'd do it. I need the $$$

    Can anyone help me with what to charge him? I assume this is done by the liner foot and how many courses high, right??? If so, it'll be three courses high and about 30 feet long.

    Thanks in advance for the help

  2. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,576

    You sure he wants "cinder" block?

    Cinder Block hasn't been produced since the 1970's!

    Maybe they want CMU, concrete masonry wall?

    Most masons charge on a per block basis.
  3. Lee33

    Lee33 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 90

    Sorry, DVS, not being in the landscape business I thought "cinder" block was the concrete blocks that are 16X8X8 that you build walls and foundations with. Landscapers often use them to build walls and then cover the block with stone veneer, stucco etc. That's what this guy wants.
  4. CALandscapes

    CALandscapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 946

    Your client wants CMU.
  5. tthomass

    tthomass LawnSite Gold Member
    from N. VA
    Messages: 3,497

    1st....how many days will it take you to complete

    2nd...how much will your materials cost you

    3rd...what is your overhead (gas, insurance, wages etc etc) per day X #1

    4th...how much do you reasonably want to profit each day X #1
  6. MRBsx2

    MRBsx2 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 85

    You need 140 block if the wall is going to be 30ft long and 3 courses high. this job should be right around 1000 dollars with block, mortar, sand and struck up if he wants it parged up and any type of cap it will be a little more...would take me about 3 hours to lay that wall up and be done. Also im assuming ur laying 12's if there small block you can be a little more easy on price however thats up to you. Around here block work gos for $3.25 to $4.50a block depending on a lot of things. any more questions just ask me i do this kind of work all the time.
  7. tthomass

    tthomass LawnSite Gold Member
    from N. VA
    Messages: 3,497

    footer, excavation, backfill, #57, grading.........
  8. Mike33

    Mike33 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,649

    Why not retaining wall block?
  9. MRBsx2

    MRBsx2 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 85

    Yes.. my price only inlcudes supplying and laying the block dos not include the footer i was assuming the footer was done and all you needed to do was lay block...If that is not the case you will def have an additional 1500-2000 grand in a footer with excavation rebar and concrete.
  10. Lee33

    Lee33 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 90

    Thanks everyone for the help.

    Customer wants a wall that I have described. I have no clue why he does not want retaining wall block.

    Thanks for the detailed answer. That's exactly what I needed to feel comfortable giving him an estimate.

    Educate me. What's CMU?

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