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red lava rock installation

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by bojankels, Jul 28, 2005.

  1. bojankels

    bojankels LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    I need to know how I should go about giving an estimate for a 300 sq feet lava rock job. The home owner wants to buy the rock himself and get it deliverd so Im going to try to talk him into buying it in bags to save him money on the install. Any help is apprectiated.
  2. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,112

    How will buying it in bags save him money on the install?I don't understand,bulk is a fraction of the cost of bags.
  3. bojankels

    bojankels LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    Ive never bought bulk rock so im not sure on the pricing of it but he said something lkie 1 ton will be about $200 or so. I can get 1 ton in bags for alittle under $200. It will take a couple extra hrs working by myself if he gets the bulk because I would have to shovel it into a wheelbarrow than haul the wheelbarrow to were I want to lay it instead of just picking up a bag and dumoing it. Im going to try to talk him into getting the bags so I can do the job and get out of there. I just need some help with how much to charge on.
  4. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,112

    $3.00 a bag to install and clean it up
  5. LawnScapers of Dayton

    LawnScapers of Dayton LawnSite Silver Member
    Male, from Dayton, OH
    Messages: 2,572

    If he goes with bulk I would look into renting a mini loader like a Dingo or the Finn. Shoveling all that would suck.....

  6. bojankels

    bojankels LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    Yeah im avoding shoveling it at all costs. Im going to give the estimate today and am still not sure exactly how im going to go about it but the $3 a bag isnt that bad of an idea. I cant remember what 1 bag weighs but its in between 40-50 so a ton could only be 40-50 bags. At $3 a bag itll be $120 - $150 for 2 people in less than 2 hrs. Thanks for the help.
  7. hosejockey2002

    hosejockey2002 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,195

    300 sf of lava would be around 2.5-3 cubic yards. Lava is around 1200-1500 lbs. per yard. Don't waste money on a dingo or bobcat for this small amount. Lava is much easier to shovel than gravel. I can do a ton an hour easily, and I'm pushing 40.
  8. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,163

    Now, would that be 3 dollars a bag as a labor charge or 3 dollars a bag, that it includes the bag too, I have a customer wanting the same thing done (nowhere near that amount). I'm guessing $3 in labor, now that is settled, what if I would have to edget too? How much?
  9. RedWingsDet

    RedWingsDet LawnSite Gold Member
    from Detroit
    Messages: 3,556

    Its only 3 ton. Its not like its 15tons.

    but anyway if I were you. i'd just tell him $500 for labor. shoudnt take you longer than an hour in a half. and screw the bags, get it in bulk, it'll be alot cheaper and eaiser.
  10. cfosceola

    cfosceola LawnSite Member
    Messages: 32

    I did a lava rock job, customer paid for rock and delivery and i charged her 400.00 for removal of pine bark and install of 4 yards of lava rock, took me and a helper 3 hours for the whole job, removal and install and we shoveled it with what i call a grain hog, looks like a snow shovel, plus a quick stop at the dump for the disposal of pine bark at 5.25., so the whole time was about 4 and a half hours.

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