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Old 03-07-2019, 11:19 PM   #1
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Just got a call today from a buddy of my asking about a water service to service to trench in machine and all roughly 25ft of line below frost line which is 4 feet out here. Throwing me a quick bone while it's slow. Just tring to get a rough idea how to price it with equipment and cold as weather.
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based on my knowledge of digging in boston, i'd be around that $2753.78 per l.f.

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My thoughts actually I was more in the 1200 per but 27 sound more realistic 25 ft of service line
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My thoughts actually I was more in the 1200 per but 27 sound more realistic 25 ft of service line
Brother, he is f'in with you. How could he possibly know enough about your business, employee costs, insurance, permits, or any of your other overhead to possibly provide you with a quote for this?

And why in the hell would you ever trust anyone from a random internet forum to price your jobs for you?

He's a good contractor with a history of quality advice on his forum but no one who is not a part of your business would ever be qualified to quote a job for you. Figure out your cost, add in the profit that makes you feel good about going to work everyday, then quote it and get the job done

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You right about that bust just looking for some ideas 1200 still almost 30k which is way to much for a water service in my opinion but that's the youth of my business. Only 4 man company. And most guys I ask for help dont seem to know **** beside work not 1 been I business.
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BD, how long do you think it will take you to dig the trench for this service?

How many men will be on the crew?

Is your crew doing the install of the piping?

What is the daily cost of the excavator you'll use?

Are there existing utilities in the area that will have to be worked around?

There are so many ways to look at a project like this but it all comes down to a simple equation.

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Thanks for article helps a lot. I really am part of that 99% right now tlwas thinking 1200 per foot but that's would be 30k for 1 25 foot copper line. 3 man crew my backhoe and a rented dump truck re ashpalt and seed lawn seem kinda steep but that probably why I am in the situation
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If this is in a commercial area, it is going to be expensive. I was just on a job where they had to bring in the vac trucks to work around the pipes. It wasnt cheap at all.

The city may tell you it needs to be above or below any other utilities. That is another consideration of expenses.

Lots to think about. And yep, it is expensive for one copper line. But it costs what it costs.

Don't end up paying out if your pocket to help someone else get what they need.

Also, why copper? Isn't there a plastic product that would be easier to use?


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That's the 25 ft of water line to go in from curb to house

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Take a tile probe and check to see if you even have frost.....

How do handle one call with snow on the ground?

I sno-blow all the snow into a truck/haul away, so it couldn't melt into my trench....

Old lots/ROWs are FULL of abandoned and in use utilities.... tread lightly, have a plan B,C,and D.

A local plumber rarely dug up the old lead pipes, he threaded the new copper lines to the old, and pulled the lead line gently to the street box.....
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True but he wants a new line ran to other side turned a duplex into 2 separate homes. Thanks man. Lost job told him $1200 per foot told me kick rocks lol frost line down 4 feet

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