urgent Retaining wall bid!

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by fastrunner, Jul 30, 2003.

  1. fastrunner

    fastrunner LawnSite Member
    Messages: 96

    Hi, I need to give a bid by friday on a wall that is 4.5 ft high and 55 feet long.. It is currently a wall with rotted out landscaping timbers and it needs to be replaced.. the wall is straights. i would be using the rockwood classic 6" blocks. they are 18" wide, and 6" high. 56 lbs each. and are $5.88 each block... I need to know how many man hours this might take to construct with backfilling and tearing the old wall out and everything.. I came up with a total of $3980.00 for the job.. Does that sound ok?? $2000.00 for the blocks, 200 for the gravel, 100 for rental equipment like saw and compactor, and about 1600.00 labor.. please let me know what you think..
  2. Grassmechanic

    Grassmechanic LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,697

    sounds too cheap.
  3. BRL

    BRL LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,211

    Installing the new wall would be around 7 -8 grand around here. Getting rid of the old wall... Maybe 2-3 grand depending on the variables & equipment used.
  4. GLAN

    GLAN Banned
    Messages: 1,647

    Your selling yourself short...............

    At absolute minimum add 50% to what you have now for a total figure.
  5. Lombardi

    Lombardi LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 538

    My labor rate just for the install would be 110% of the material costs.
  6. Mykster

    Mykster LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 668

    It may be different in other locations, but don't you need an engineer for anything over 4ft high? Might want to check it out.
  7. AGLA

    AGLA LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,778

    Price the wall at least $30/SF and charge time and dump fees for the demo and disposal of the ties. You may find that they are costly to dispose of. Put that in the contract and that any work not described in the contract is an extra.
  8. QuadRacer041

    QuadRacer041 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 365

    i agree
  9. fastrunner

    fastrunner LawnSite Member
    Messages: 96

    well, i redid the bid and kept all material prices the same, except i uped the labor hours.. I started out at 3900 for the bid, and i am now at $5100.00. I proposed the bid to him and i will let you guys know how it went. I kind of want this job as a good learning experience so i bid kinda low on purpose.. I read up on this rockwood system for a good couple nights, and i am pretty confident that i can put it together nicley.. thanks. jeff
  10. GLAN

    GLAN Banned
    Messages: 1,647

    Good Luck !!!!

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