Need help with estimate please - back fill

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Lawn-Scapes, Aug 11, 2001.

  1. Guido

    Guido LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,087

    I think placing 5" of loose soil by hand without compaction is a bad idea, but thats just me! The first time the mower goes over it I think it will cause some rutting, no?
  2. Lawn-Scapes

    Lawn-Scapes LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,810

    Thanks everyone...

    I came up with $1250... Any comments, too high or low?
  3. Guido

    Guido LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,087

    If you can finish it by yourself in 8 hours or less.

    $550 give or take for soil
    $300 give or take for skid steer, fuel, transport
    $400 left to cover the rest of your overhead and your pay

    Thats $50 an hour after the extraordinary expenses.

    Sounds okay to me!
  4. Barkleymut

    Barkleymut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,117

    TSG, Don't do this project if ya'll just received as much rain as we did last night! You would put 2 foot ruts in the soil with the smallest tractor. Just think about that before you give the quote and a final completion date. Also I would add a couple hundred to the quote, it's always more work than you think especially the first time.
  5. Guido

    Guido LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,087

    How did it go??
  6. Lawn-Scapes

    Lawn-Scapes LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,810

    He said he's gonna wait or something... but his aunt needs similar work done on much smaller level.. 2 yards of dirt and 2 yards of gravel @ $400.

    Thanks for askin' and all the help!!!
  7. rdh

    rdh LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 394

    i think the best and fastest way to do this is to get a tanden with 12-14 tons loaded and he should (driver ) find safe place to get along the drive with out being on it and dump piles using one of the hatches in the gate .i like the trucks with two side hatches.

    next use a tractor with a 3 point box blade keep leveling it out tire for tire this will compact it for you and will not settle after it rains and you have to do it over.

    some thing else if its flat good but if theres slopes dont turn your truck over .
    this way you dont mess black top up (scratches, twist and turn marks,) and dont stop or park on it and it settle a little making tire endenttions.
    5" should be thick enough for 14 ton loads
    if you have to drive on it go but dont stop .driveing some thing that heavy on it is good for the cold joints that didnt seal.
    keep that tractor on the trailor till you get it were you need it the tractor tires will mess it up
    if you mess the top up heat it up with a torch and put a little fuel oil on the bottom of your boot and steep it in.

    15 years of that nasty work and thats the way we did it.
    dont forget to put sone boards down along the edges that you will be driving over so you dont break the blacktop down.
    you should be abal to get a truck and driver for $50 per hour it dont take long to unload a truck with a 5 inch edge
  8. rdh

    rdh LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 394

    you will be glad that you back filled the edge . it keep water from getting under it and causing gives the edges more support .and at 5" if a car went of the edge after a good rain it would bottem out (vehecle damage).

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