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my fence project, or why fence guys charge a lot.

Discussion in 'Christmas Trees & Seasonal' started by David Gretzmier, Dec 24, 2011.

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    David Gretzmier

    David Gretzmier LawnSite Gold Member
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    adding a few things up- total is 3564.63 with stain, bought metal for gate and took top to a guy to put an arch in steel. gonna change the gate design to just steel rather than wood/steel mix. bought steel and paid bender guy, add 464 and 120. total is now 4148.63 without labor to weld up and mount gate.
  2. lawnguy423

    lawnguy423 LawnSite Member
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    Not to be off topic, but how many posts do you have to do before you could pm?
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    David Gretzmier

    David Gretzmier LawnSite Gold Member
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    I think it is a certain number of days on lawnsite, plus a couple or few dozen posts I think. not sure. I know there is a section on the site about posting.
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    David Gretzmier

    David Gretzmier LawnSite Gold Member
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    and finally the gate is done.

    this gate may only represent 400 or so in materials, but it grows to 1300 when you include "curving charge" on the 2x2 square tubing on top, labor, cutting wheels, primer ( 32 cans) paint ( 40 cans) , and a spool of flux mig welding wire. I could have gotten the gate built for that dollar amount, but doing it in house makes one proud. It ended up being 7 foot tall at the sides with a 10 foot center height, and it varies on the bottom from 2 inches off the ground to 5 inches as the ground is not completely level or even.

    the gate itself represents about 50 man hours of labor on cutting, welding, and painting. hanging the gate was about 6 hours for 3 guys with all the hinges and leveling and squareing it up.

    I have to say I am very proud of it, it looks awesome next to the fence, and if we do another one we could probably do it in 30-40% less time.

    next year I plan to extend the fence down the left and right sides of the property, and again hope and plan to enclose the smaller right side shop with a taller extension from the new side and match the front . funny how the old shop now looks fairly ugly next to the new side and now the fence. at the rate I am gobbling up inside space, I gotta keep building.

  5. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Fanatic
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    Very nice
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  6. meets1

    meets1 LawnSite Gold Member
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    You guys did a great job. We have built many fences. Just finished one where we lined it with steel 6ft high due to code in town that is around a shop. Thing is it looks nice now, but neighbor kids, lawn mowers, pushing snow, steel looks bad after a while. Where your wood fence will hold up forever until someone crashes there car but even then your fence may still stand and bounce that car back where it belongs. Great job!
  7. PLS-Tx

    PLS-Tx LawnSite Silver Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 2,383

    Nice fence!!

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