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Forum: Excavation & Site Work 02-29-2016, 05:39 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,594
Posted By Upchuck
Hire a surveyor. I had a builder tell me how easy...

Hire a surveyor. I had a builder tell me how easy it was to stake a foundation out. He ended up making a mistake and he had to cut 8' off the foundation and pay us to remove and then re-pour the side...
Forum: Excavation & Site Work 02-16-2016, 07:25 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,924
Posted By Upchuck
The design shows each house with exterior pump...

The design shows each house with exterior pump chamber with about 60 gallons reserve. I don't care for that so we will use 1000 gallon precast pump chamber with one backflow preventer in tank and...
Forum: Excavation & Site Work 11-22-2015, 06:17 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,880
Posted By Upchuck
$40,000 was a ballpark. Hopefully on high side...

$40,000 was a ballpark. Hopefully on high side and not counting giving them the old one to offset core charge.

We have a freightliner with detroit 55 series in truck. Every mechanic hates that...
Forum: Excavation & Site Work 11-04-2015, 07:32 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,859
Posted By Upchuck
Nobody on-site that day besides my guys. Actually...

Nobody on-site that day besides my guys. Actually don't want to get in pissing match because I've done a majority of the houses on the street and there are a few houses that will be going out to bid...
Forum: Excavation & Site Work 11-04-2015, 07:28 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,859
Posted By Upchuck
I'm pretty realistic. We were working in that...

I'm pretty realistic. We were working in that area with machinery that could have damaged slider. Things happen. My guys would tell me if they knowingly did it. Honestly have no problem paying if it...
Forum: Excavation & Site Work 05-13-2015, 08:07 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,241
Posted By Upchuck
Water main tapping issue

We were tapping ductile water main today and ran into some issues. 1st tap went fine. With the second tap it seemed like there wasn't enough resistance no matter how tight we tightened bottom wheel....
Forum: Excavation & Site Work Picture Post 03-10-2015, 06:42 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 4,044
Posted By Upchuck
Looks like 2' spreaders on that trench box with...

Looks like 2' spreaders on that trench box with the pipe. I'm probably starting 1000' of sewer next week and with the winter weight I packed on I'm not sure I'll fit in the trench.
Forum: Excavation & Site Work 01-16-2015, 05:33 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 43,850
Posted By Upchuck
My bad. I lost track of who posted what. ...

My bad. I lost track of who posted what.

Btw, that pricing is crazy. How do you price grading by size of house. The sq ft. of land that you are grading is what you should price by sq ft.
Forum: Excavation & Site Work 01-15-2015, 05:24 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 43,850
Posted By Upchuck
I think he meant .07 sq ft based on sq ft of lot...

I think he meant .07 sq ft based on sq ft of lot or area being worked on. Doesn't make any sense on sq ft of house.
Forum: Excavation & Site Work 12-20-2014, 09:11 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,449
Posted By Upchuck
Had a bad feeling about it. It was a 2000 with...

Had a bad feeling about it. It was a 2000 with supposedly less than 1500 hours. Also wasn't comfortable because nobody I know has even heard of one. Dealer wouldn't let me rent or demo it either...
Forum: Excavation & Site Work 12-18-2014, 05:08 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,449
Posted By Upchuck
It's a single drum roller for rolling soils. Not...

It's a single drum roller for rolling soils. Not double drum for asphalt. Asphalt plant around here closes tomorrow. Rather do asphalt in cold weather than summer though.
Forum: Excavation & Site Work 12-12-2014, 05:09 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,593
Posted By Upchuck
We have a Mack and Freightliner. Mack is like a...

We have a Mack and Freightliner. Mack is like a tank, freightliner is a limo. Great on road, not great off road. Also, definitely look at what it can carry. They def. are the same as Fords.
Forum: Excavation & Site Work 12-11-2014, 08:54 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,593
Posted By Upchuck
I know a guy who has 2 sterlings. He has had no...

I know a guy who has 2 sterlings. He has had no problems with them. He has been looking for a 4th truck and said he can't believe how much used Macks, Kenworths etc. are going for due to new truck...
Forum: Excavation & Site Work 08-08-2014, 04:31 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,568
Posted By Upchuck
You getting paid extra to do this. Around here if...

You getting paid extra to do this. Around here if job needs grading plan, I have a surveyor do it. Remember that your name will be on plan/permit so it better end up working or be done as shown on...
Forum: Excavation & Site Work 04-08-2014, 06:35 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,976
Posted By Upchuck
I don't agree with that at all. You can go out of...

I don't agree with that at all. You can go out of business bidding too high or too low. Know your expenses, overhead & % of profit you want to make & stick to that.

Too many guys bid on a curve....
Forum: Excavation & Site Work 12-09-2013, 03:02 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,488
Posted By Upchuck
I think you will have a bunch of unhappy...

I think you will have a bunch of unhappy employees and you may lose some. I gotta say I never envied paving guys. If you have a small crew your always scrambling and it's hard to do bigger jobs. Big...
Forum: Excavation & Site Work 06-24-2013, 05:40 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,535
Posted By Upchuck
nice pics. looks like it was a good job.

nice pics. looks like it was a good job.
Forum: Excavation & Site Work 01-17-2013, 10:16 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,923
Posted By Upchuck
How big is this a foundation and is the house...

How big is this a foundation and is the house near a body of water? If it was mine I would seriously consider a 5'-6' crawl space instead of full foundation dig that includes well points, shoring,...
Forum: Excavation & Site Work 05-01-2012, 01:55 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,004
Posted By Upchuck
We speak about it all the time. I've tried...

We speak about it all the time. I've tried bidding public jobs & getting my name out with comercial builders. I maintain that there just isn't much work out there. We've also grown quite a bit since...
Forum: Excavation & Site Work 02-25-2012, 10:40 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 8,036
Posted By Upchuck
It's called reality. I don't need to watch the...

It's called reality. I don't need to watch the news to know that the economy is in the crapper. Most of us like our trade but are beat down by the lack of work & little profit there is out there. I...
Forum: General Discussion 02-16-2012, 07:54 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 9,968
Posted By Upchuck
You should sic those reporters on him. ...

You should sic those reporters on him.

About 30 years ago a builder stiffed my father for $17,000 along with the other subs. Guy would go bankrupt & start over repeatedly. Most of the guys got...
Forum: Construction 02-13-2012, 07:23 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,036
Posted By Upchuck
Everyone has there own ideas but $10,000 profit...

Everyone has there own ideas but $10,000 profit doesn't seem worth the risk. If it doesn't sell quick the taxes, heat & other bills will start eating the profit. While the rental rates sound good,...
Forum: Excavation & Site Work Picture Post 01-10-2012, 06:56 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,940
Posted By Upchuck
Day's right. c900

Day's right. c900
Forum: Excavation & Site Work Picture Post 01-09-2012, 12:46 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,940
Posted By Upchuck
It is screener. When we want to move it we put...

It is screener. When we want to move it we put the wheels down & tow with our dump truck.
Forum: Excavation & Site Work 12-30-2011, 06:49 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 7,134
Posted By Upchuck
We built a few spec homes when times were better....

We built a few spec homes when times were better. We subbed out everything but site work. One builder told me he wasn't too happy with me building specs. Told him that I don't run his business so he...
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