I need some help with a estimate.

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by brentcovington, Mar 10, 2009.

  1. brentcovington

    brentcovington LawnSite Member
    Messages: 20

    It has been several years since I have installed a timber wall. The dimensions of the wall is 90' long and 10' high. I will be using 6x6 pressure treated timbers. The timbers are costing me 14.00 a piece. I am wanting to see what your labor rates are. If you have any suggestions, feel free to let me now.
  2. punt66

    punt66 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 8,536

    Only you know that. How much excavation? Is there a setback? How much stone and backfil?
  3. pghlandscape

    pghlandscape LawnSite Member
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    Messages: 61

    27,000.00 area
  4. LB1234

    LB1234 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,208

    jezz...that's one big arse wall for timber.

    I remember a quote for one that was about 60 feet in length and 4-5 in height about 3-4 years ago. I remember after all was said and done I was just shy of 50 per face foot after factoring everything in. There is a LOT of labor involved in a timber wall. All the extra excavation for the tiebacks, rebar, all the spikes/screws, etc.
  5. KAG

    KAG LawnSite Member
    Messages: 19

    Please take photos as you go and post them up. 10ft is high for timber.
  6. B & B Yardscape

    B & B Yardscape LawnSite Member
    Messages: 131

    10' is realy high for timber. I would recommend doing 2 seperate walls of 6 and 4. Or maybe using concrete retaining wall blocks with Geo Grid.

    Your tie back system is going to look like a wooden roller coaster. Back fililng that will take some skill and time.

    Good Luck
  7. riverwalklandscaping

    riverwalklandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 759

    10 feet for 6x6's ?? wow I wouldn't want that project
  8. mcclureandson

    mcclureandson LawnSite Member
    Messages: 242

    You'll have a sizeable percentage of your 6x6's behind the wall as tie-backs...just off the top of my head it's got to be an addtional 20-30% more material.

    Labor will be extensive and the process will be very slow.

    Almost certainly more expensive than segmented...why not install a permanent, less expensive solution and go with a segmented retaining wall?

    Faster - cheaper - longer lasting.
  9. Summit L & D

    Summit L & D LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 269

    You have an engineer that is going to sign off on this project? Only you know your labor rates. 10' of timber wall is not a good idea. There are other options that are far superior.
  10. Bru75

    Bru75 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 582

    I was thinking the same thing. If I were to build a wall that size here, I would need a bldg. permit and engineering, not sure if a wooden wall would be approved.

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