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My 1st hardscape job

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by BMWNJ, Feb 13, 2019.

  1. BMWNJ

    BMWNJ LawnSite Member
    Messages: 114

    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 Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,036

    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: 270

    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: 55

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

    brichter14 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,036

    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.
     
  6. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,731

    I dunno. If you’re not equipment savoy, if you’re not versed in construction, then what makes you feel you should do it?
     
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    BMWNJ

    BMWNJ LawnSite Member
    Messages: 114

    Who said I wasn't equipment savoy or versed in construction? I owned a small farm prior to starting my landscape business. I've used and worked on all types of equipment.
     
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  8. AGLA

    AGLA LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,809

    Did anyone read the original post? I don't understand why anyone would suggest renting a piece of equipment for 75' linear feet of 3 courses of blocks for what sounds like a raised planter bed. These are probably 4" high x 12" long stackable concrete pieces with a lip on the back edge. This is replacing a 6" to 8" high dry stack. The excavation is almost done when he picks up the old stones.
     
  9. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,731

    I been participating in online industry forums for about 18 plus years now. An observation I’ve made is that people that know equipment, or know construction, usually have no need to ask. Good luck to you.
     
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    BMWNJ

    BMWNJ LawnSite Member
    Messages: 114

    I was asking for tips/trick on doing it solo and if anyone had done a similar project and how long it took them. It's a small hardscape project that I have no worries about constructing and doing a great job on it.

    Maybe you being someone with all this experience could of offer a tip or 2 instead of saying maybe I shouldn't do this small project lol. Thanks anyway.
     

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