Hours in a seatwall???

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by chrisvinky, Jun 6, 2012.

  1. chrisvinky

    chrisvinky LawnSite Senior Member
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    I have just finished the first part of my first hardscape project. A 17' curved seat wall with two columns and a firepit. Next week we will finish with a 10x15 patio.

    My question is...how many hours do most of you have in a seat wall and firepit like this? Being my first one, I know it has taken longer and that I will get faster. We have 60 man hours in the excavation, base, seat wall and firepit. I have to add 4 more inches of base, compact and then start laying pavers to finish the project.

    Thanks in advance for any replies!!





  2. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
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    20/30. Thats 2 or 3 guys in one day
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  3. chrisvinky

    chrisvinky LawnSite Senior Member
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    I know it would have been quicker if I had all the equipment on site as well. Had some time going back and forth to the rental store.
  4. zedosix

    zedosix LawnSite Silver Member
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    Now if you were asking for critisism then you'd get much more response. But to your question, that is a long time to do what you've accomplished so far.
  5. chrisvinky

    chrisvinky LawnSite Senior Member
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    The base course seemed to take forever. Had never cut block before, so I had to figure out how to get the radius I wanted. You can tell on the first course that it is not cut as well as the second.

    For one, I knew that course would be covered with more dense grade and pavers. And two, I got better by the second course.

    The last two course and caps (no pics yet) were done in 6 man hours.

    Thinking back, it probably wasn't 60 hours... more like 50.

    1.5 hours x 2 guys for excavation

    8 hours x 2 guys dumping base material and compacting

    6 hours x 2 guys building 1column, firepit and cutting first course to fit

    8 hours x 2 guys leveling first course,building second column, installing second course and backfilling back side of wall to grade

    6 hours x 1 guy (me) installing last two courses of block and caps.

    I got much quicker at cutting the wall block by the end!
  6. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
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    Not sure why you dug so freakin deep. Christ,you only needed to excavate 8-inches. 5-inches of aggregate base is plenty. Unless you have heavy heavy clay soil.

    Most small, radiused seat walls take 2 dudes about 12 hrs at my company. It's time consuming to properly set the base course of block.

    When the walls are radiused, there is mucho mitering of block. And mucho mitering of caps.

    I dont know who's New Holland tractor that is in the picture, but I do like it! I have one similar!
  7. chrisvinky

    chrisvinky LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 355

    We excavated 9 inches on the low side. It ended up being 16 inches on the high side. 12 hours!! Wow!! I hope to get there. I took my time and tried to make sure it was right.
    Done so many freakin' calculations in my head of what the final grade would be I can't even say!

    It is a learning process.

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