Driveway widening, help please.

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by Keith P, Mar 21, 2005.

  1. Keith P

    Keith P LawnSite Member
    Messages: 28

    What would be an average labor cost for this job. This is my first paver job. The gray areas are where the pavers are to go to widen their driveway. If the image doesn't show here are the dimensions. 4.5 x 36.5 ft (164 sf) on the left and the right side is 4.5x29 (131 sf). I am guessing $3000 for labor, at $10 per sf. and whatever material costs will be multiplied by 15%. I will have to hire someone to excavate the area, too large and time consuming to do by hand. Should I add this fee on or subtract it from the labor cost since I won't be doing any of the major digging?

  2. CNYScapes

    CNYScapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 916

    That cost should be absorbed into your labor cost. $10sf for labor is pretty good around here, I dont know about your area. Why dont you just rent a bobcat and do it yourself, unless you dont have any way to haul away the fill.
  3. Keith P

    Keith P LawnSite Member
    Messages: 28

    I don't have any Bobcat experience.
  4. bigviclbi

    bigviclbi LawnSite Senior Member
    from nj
    Messages: 901

    How you gonna get any experience unless you do it? :D Probably not the best job to learn on since you dont want to break up the existing concrete, but bobcats don't take a whole lot of figuring out to use it for digging.
  5. LawnsRUsInc.

    LawnsRUsInc. LawnSite Senior Member
    from midwest
    Messages: 916

    The bobcat is close to driving a Z i am sure alot of people are going to disagree but i grew up knowing how to drive a skid loader and excavator before knowing how to drive a Z mower. Practice driving it at your shop before you go there its not all that hard just take your time and go slow. For this job you also might want to try to use a DIngo might work out better for you.


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