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need info on pricing drain ssytem

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by loom-gen, Jun 19, 2008.

  1. loom-gen

    loom-gen LawnSite Member
    Messages: 150

    when hand digging for four inch corrigated do I charge by the linnear foot or by the hour? what do i charge Either way?
  2. CALandscapes

    CALandscapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 946

    We pretty much never put corrugated underground; instead, we use 4" hard PVC.

    We charge by the foot; somewhere in the $18-$23/ft. range (includes materials and labor.) The per foot price is established by the number of catch basins, the difficulty of the digging, the depth of the trench to achieve the proper grade of the pipes, whether the downspouts will be tied in, where the pipe will end (do we need to bore through curb, cut in to city storm main, etc).

    BTW - the reason we use hard PVC as opposed to corrugated is that the corrugated will rot and corrode, whereas the PVC will last...
  3. chevydump03

    chevydump03 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 124

    For my opinion, which generally isn't worth beans, for hand digging, I would charge by the hour (or blisters) plus material. Unless it's an extremly short run, I would consider renting an excavator (if I didn't have one), then charge by the foot.
  4. JNyz

    JNyz LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,087

    corrugated pipe should not rot if placed in stone and surrounded in stone.
  5. loom-gen

    loom-gen LawnSite Member
    Messages: 150

    I have also seen corrugated pipe crushed by roots, and work its way to the surface for no reason. I agree that pvc is better but what the customer wants the customer gets.
  6. CALandscapes

    CALandscapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 946

    I agree with that statement so long as you've attempted to educate the customer on the proper way to do the work that's being discussed.

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