My 1st hardscape job

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by BMWNJ, Feb 13, 2019 at 3:40 PM.

  1. BMWNJ

    BMWNJ LawnSite Member
    Messages: 100

    I'm looking forward to starting my 1st hardscape job in a few weeks once the weather breaks.

    A family member is hiring me to demo a dry stacked slate foundation garden bed (about 6-8" high) and replace it with retaining wall block 3 courses high. In total it's about a 75' run with some curves. Being solo I'm not sure how long it's going to take to complete but I'll be keeping detailed records of my time to keep on had for quoting future jobs.

    I like the idea of getting into small hardscape jobs to extend the portfolio. I have garden design and installation experience but never messed with laying pavers or building retaining walls.

    Any tips from the pros?
  2. brichter14

    brichter14 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 989

    rent a mini excavator and call julie before you dig. a 2' trench 75' long is a lot of digging with a shovel.
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  3. LawnVeteran

    LawnVeteran LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 267

    Also, renting a dingo may help if you have some narrow spaces. Makes life easier for the backfill and dirt work. Be sure your base is set perfectly. It’s not a massive wall so you should fair pretty well solo.
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  4. jetson

    jetson LawnSite Member
    Messages: 52

    Hire someone to help you. Sounds silly but even small retaining walls are time consuming.
  5. brichter14

    brichter14 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 989

    Especially on a long wall with no heavy equipment to carry blocks.

    Rent a dingo with a bucket. Throw blocks into bucket and take them where you need them.

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