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Old 03-19-2015, 07:35 PM   #41
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Here's an area shot, there are 30-40ft pine trees and a 6ft county drain on the west side, there no room for entry there. I'm the north side there is another subdivision backed right up to a 10 ft high shrub line.

I have yet to find a trucking company that wants to haul the crap out. Plus the home owner association doesn't want any thing disturbed :banghead:

It seems to be a lot to bite on.
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Old 03-19-2015, 08:10 PM   #42
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That sucks, pretty pour design. Not enough room to walk off Bernstein up the side of the drainage? You could throw a temp 20' HDPE pipe in the ditch, cover and use as access pull and restore when done?

I'd try to talk them into pumping it down, muck it out onto the slopes, dry it and grade a thin layer over everything and hydro seed it. Pond looks big enough lose 5-6 loads over it all.

Hoas are a pain in the a$$, want the work done but don't make a mess and do it dirt cheap. I have yet to be able to crack into the hoa work around here. They all want to put a cheap bandaide on everything and I refuse. Don't want my name on that BS. There is always someone to do the work though.

Good luck man, I think I'm out of ideas. That's a pretty tough and tight spot if they won't let you create good access. Fun to try to brainstorm though, pond work is pretty interesting.
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I appreciate the brainstorming. I am honestly out of solutions, they said don't tear it up, there's a sprinkler system, residents are going to be extremely unhappy to see dirt on grass.. plus with little access and hauling it away, I am going to hand the torch to another contractor that is more than likely equipped and has more experience.
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Old 03-19-2015, 10:44 PM   #44
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Just curious, has anyone thought about starting a thread to discuss different ways to go about a job? for instance some one can post a job, their plan, and ask for advice? It seems that even for experienced contractors it could bring more profitable ways of doing business...
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I can't believe anyone purchased a house with that detention basin that close to their backdoor. Plus there is no chain link fence. Anyway, who owns that access point? Is it a storm water easement for a drainage pipe coming from the cul-de-sac? I never deal with any organization that has more than 1 decision maker. No matter what you do there will be people complaining. This goes for fire companies, HOA, soccer organizations, etc.

Before you do anything, make sure they secure the permit. I would hate to see you go in there and get in trouble with soil and erosion. I had a guy call me one time to place fill and topsoil behind his house. He lives right on a lake in a big development. I told him we need to install silt fence. He said, what is that? I explained it to him and he said that was stupid. I left the site and never called him back. The fines can get pretty hefty.
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I called for the erosion permit to get a price, so i figured on having that. that whole road is set up for storm water drains, everything leads to the cul-de-sac and from there into the pond.
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Moxley got me thinking. Instead of throwing the muck up on the slopes, can you place it right on the edge of the pond and mound it up about 3-4' high, shape it nice and make a planting bed. They can plant shrubs and cover it with mulch. A lot cheaper for the hoa.
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Here's the side where I could put it, the widest part is maybe 13ft between the pond and bushline
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Pump the water down, scoop it out with a tracked skid steer and load it into either dump trucks or dumpsters. I don't think taking a big excavator in between those homes is a good idea
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I don't want to discourage you, but maybe a few years working for different contractors learning different skills wouldn't be a bad thing?

I want to reinforce that, work will not fall out of the sky just because you opened the doors on a business. The hardest part is selling and it is the most, I repeat MOST important thing! Running a job and getting out marketing is super hard to work one job while getting your next job, that is the challenge. Find a niche and sell, sell , sell, sell, sell! Worry about sales, getting a machine comes after getting the work to pay for it. A rule of thumb is you should only buy what you can pay off in 5 years....
Well, the true update of time. I really want to start off the business right, and that is providing the best services I can. The only way I see doing that and opening up more doors for the future is knowing as much as I can before starting. So 3 days ago I got a job offer for a position through a company, the owner understands that I want to open a business and is willing to teach me different skill sets and introduce me to other industries, along with teaching me the business side of things. Hopefully within 2 years I can get my knowledge in and purchase equipment with cash (used, I've dealt with the fact that I can't afford new) and I will know the areas I can specialize in and want to.


So on that note, the business is on hold, for now.
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I know you are putting yours on hold, but if someone comes to this thread for info about how to get jobs. Google some local companies. Talk to general contractors, home builders, and developers. They will call you to price work and you can work your way in!

And get your license! You don't want to get busy and not have time to go get it and not be able to bid projects! In my state you have to hold a license to have a contract over $50k.
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Now I see everyone talking about being licensed, good time to ask, is there licenses other than the all inclusive "builders license"?
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In south dakota there is a water sewer contractor license and a separate one for septic/drain field installs.
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Now I see everyone talking about being licensed, good time to ask, is there licenses other than the all inclusive "builders license"?


Here in Michigan you need a residential builder's license or a maintenance and alteration license with a excavation specialty... Here is a good link for what you need.

http://www.michigan.gov/documents/dl...l_337792_7.pdf

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This underground job I got into has me learning a ton, loader operator in the water, sewer and storm crew. Very high demanding, but it's nice to be able to learn and earn.

Good news is that it's 5 days a week, and I can still complete side work. I just won a project for putting in geothermal (I dig, the home owner installs, he installs for a living) and digging a small pond, starting that next weekend. This will also give me a great opportunity to learn how geothermal works.

It's good to know the dream isn't completely dead
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Yes, I have experience with these machines. The machines are very smooth. For any type of excavation and demolition work these machines are the perfect solution.

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