estimate on hand dug 4" black pipe

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by north in south, May 13, 2004.

  1. north in south

    north in south LawnSite Member
    Messages: 24

    I,m doing an estimate for 125' of 4"black drain pipe. 4 6" drains' and one catch basin for the driveway. This all is going to be dug by hand. I'm from NewYork where the ground was easy. There in northern Alabama the ground is blister country. Any help on estimate? Price per foot? I've been getting 6.00 a foot plus materials.
  2. NickN

    NickN LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Alabama
    Messages: 1,009

    You gotta be kidding.....
  3. dvmcmrhp52

    dvmcmrhp52 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Pa.
    Messages: 4,205

    I wouldn't do it by hand.
    Rent a small excavator. We just did a french drain,the excavator worked well.
  4. north in south

    north in south LawnSite Member
    Messages: 24

    I can't get a machine in there. I've done two drains for this customer, brick walkway, always made money. This one I don't know
  5. blafleur

    blafleur LawnSite Member
    Messages: 229

    $6.00 a foot plus materials, holy cow have I been leaving a bunch on the table.
  6. paponte

    paponte LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,366

    How's about $25.00 per ft, and I'll even throw in the materials. If your willing to dig a 125' trench at a depth of 3' for $6.00 per ft BY HAND... you should think about moving back to New York I have a great job offer for you. ;)
  7. number1dad

    number1dad LawnSite Member
    Messages: 30

    Speaking from experience $6.00 per foot with a shovel, pick, dynamite whatever is way low. I am too operating in North Alabama and realize that the ground is extremely hard. You need to get paid for your work. One reason the customer wants you to do this, is because of the labor involved. Charge them, they will pay. If they will not let someone else have the job and don't look back.
  8. north in south

    north in south LawnSite Member
    Messages: 24

    The two drains I did for this customer were quick and easy cleared 60 an hour. This drain is only 18" deep.
  9. D Felix

    D Felix LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,898

    If you don't know how long it will take, then do it T&M. Solves that problem!

    Are you sure you can't get a trencher in there? There are very few places that you can't get a trencher into, ideally you could use a Dingo/MT 50 with a trencher attachment. Then use the bucket to backfill the trench. Should only need 32" or so to get one through.... And hills are NOT a problem for those machines................


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