don't bite off more than you can chew

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by BrandonV, Jan 13, 2019.

  1. BrandonV

    BrandonV LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I don't know all the details on this project but thought I'd share this project I was asked to look at. It's a total loss, everything will be have to trashed. i'm thinking the main problem is the stone retaining walls were actually just covered by stone and were probably old wood walls, not sure if the srw wall may or may not be a freestanding wall, not sure unless i tore it down. regardless this project i think is a year or two old. and it won't end well for anyone. start slow, don't see the big $$ project and leap for it without the tools or great guidance.

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  2. TPendagast

    TPendagast LawnSite Fanatic
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    You’re assuming a lot without knowing

    It’s easy to blame the guy before you
    It’s easy to say “I’m better than this”
    But until something like that has happened to one of your projects you’re really just speculating.

    What was there before?
    Who did all the foundation/subgrade prep?
    It could have been a building contractor and excluded in the contract for the hardscape company/their SOW.
    Was there any seismic activity?
    Underground water table/flow

    Lots of variables that you don’t know.
    Don’t sling mud until you do know.

    What happened to the original contractor?
    Did the customer call them?
    Who is it? Do you know them?
     
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  3. Doc8406

    Doc8406 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    It could have been a minor earthquake..
     
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  4. BigJlittleC

    BigJlittleC LawnSite Gold Member
    from Chicago
    Messages: 3,709

    I've seen a porch crumble just like that when a group of large women started to dance on it. Funnest part was when they rolled off the edge like big rolling human sized bowling balls!
     
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  5. BrandonV

    BrandonV LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I agree with everything you say. I’m just putting it on here for guys to see what could happen. I know more details than I’m gonna share. No seismic activity btw, LOTS of rain though this year.
     
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  6. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes LawnSite Fanatic
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    I don't see what's wrong...:rolleyes:

    That ain't going to be cheap...
     
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  7. BrandonV

    BrandonV LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,893

    Thinking about it maybe don’t bite off more than you can chew is not the right title for the thread but maybe if your gut doesn’t tell you somethings going to be good don’t go against it. I have no idea what happened in the situation it may have been the homeowner or the contractor told or dictated to the landscaper what was gonna happen but I’m sorry to say it’s not gonna work out well for any of the parties involved.

    I never want to see people fail that’s one of the reasons I post as much stuff on here as I do.
     
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  8. 4 seasons lawn&land

    4 seasons lawn&land LawnSite Gold Member
    from NY
    Messages: 3,656

    Sure looks like they backfilled that wall without compacting but that just seems too simple a thing to overlook. Unless they just didn’t care
     
  9. 4 seasons lawn&land

    4 seasons lawn&land LawnSite Gold Member
    from NY
    Messages: 3,656

    Lame. Where’s the dislike button?
     
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  10. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 16,826

    Yeah...who worries about libel or slander or getting sucked into a lawsuit because they post crap on public websites.
     
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