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I just picked up 3 jobs and 2 other jobs I may now lose because I can't start tomorrow. (concrete) I was worried because of the economy but I also generally don't seem to get any work after Oct-Nov. This is my 4th year in biz. This Oct- Nov have been very busy for me. Maybe its just another Feast or Famine time. The general consensus is that its dead. NW Florida :blink: So its dead but I will haul some checks to the bank.
 

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Around here you in August you couldn't find a mason. Everybody was 2 months out. Made me think that I should be getting into concrete.
 

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Things are pretty tough in my area as well. Alot of guys cutting throats and doing what they can to survive. Many seem to be taking work at low prices just to get out of the house.

I just put a bid in on a job for $64k just for labor. Im keeping my fingers crossed on that one!
 

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I am glad to hear some are holding on,as for me I'm not sure how long it will last. We have ppl here laying brick at 300/1000 and block at 1.10/cmu.I'm not even sure how they can do it much less try it myself. I figure that has to mean getting masons at $12/hour! Do I even want a $12 mason?

Even now as I am leaving for work, I count myself lucky to be out laying a small ledgestone job at (brace yourselves) $6/sqft and a few brick at $450/1000. It kinda reminds me of a horror film where we all get blasted back in time to the 80's and to the best of my recollection the 80's sucked.lol
 

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im still getting anywhere from 500 to 700 per thousand for my brickwork.the mexican bricklayers are getting about 300/thousand.not sure what they get for block or stone.i am getting 3.00-3.50 per block for 8 inch,plus .50/cell to grout.adheered veener im getting 3.50/sq ft.
i gave a man a bid for a triplex apartment last week.$54,000 for material and labor.and will be getting plans for a new church building tommorow.right now im good till the middle of january.seem like when i start catching up i start to worry.then next thing i know im snowed under and worry how im going to get to everything.
 

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Down here I see 300-450 for brick and typically $1 for block 2 courses but 2.5 and over for scaffolding. I have seen 5 but he did not get the job. I am working 2 jobs with block guys doing 10 foot walls. I will ask their price when I see them next. We have 4 sites and I am doing the footers and rebar ahead of them.
I was in Wichita falls 8 years in the AF and visited Lawton and Altus. Having a cold winter Stacker?:cowboy:
 

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we have to keep dropping prices, bid a big building other day, cut up with gables, dbl. rolocks on all openings, arch entrance way. I bid it for 750 a 1000. Contractor said I was trying rip him off. Mexicans 380 a 1000??Crazy.Im staying busy, but not like I used to.
 

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we have to keep dropping prices, bid a big building other day, cut up with gables, dbl. rolocks on all openings, arch entrance way. I bid it for 750 a 1000. Contractor said I was trying rip him off. Mexicans 380 a 1000??Crazy.Im staying busy, but not like I used to.
What part of the country is this?

And did you explain to the GC that your prices are higher because of quality and you pay insurances?
 

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I have nothing after current rehab job, dont think I'm willing to sink any lower. I'll sit Jan-Feb out and try to line up something for March. Wow HO's expect a lot for little these days. Its brutal for me. Not whining, I know I'm not the only one.
 

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I finally got a few good sized stone jobs here in Bend after a bleak year and now I have an artic front that has set in and we are sitting at about 8 degress. I can't win...
 

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Hey Stacker

Sorry for the delay.
The mason was getting 4.5 / block for this job. However they got canned because 4 of 5 guys did not pass the background check in the next county for work at schools.
I also heard they tried to do block fill on all 10ft high at one time and the blocks started collapsing around 6-7 ft high. The spec called for 5 ft maximum / hr. I guess they were trying to save a pump charge.

Anyway the 1st pic is of 1'4" thick footer 3' 6" to 4' 2" wide with oversize areas for columns. Note the 7' tall rebar sticking up. Not my idea and the masons will have fun with that. The new masons price will reflect the height of the rebar.
2nd pic has 2 blocks over my footer and a slab for a transformer. 1 ft of gravel is about to be installed over the brown weed block.
3rd picture is of a 16" tall 8" wide bond beam. I was glad I was able to find beam clamps. My next option was going to be snapties and that would have cost me a fortune and taken forever. Beam clamp installation 1 hr. Beam clamp rental $40.00

For all you tree fiddy guys, note we are getting four fiddy down here at least for some things.

These pictures are a thing of beauty for some of us. The rest of you, just move on. No hot concrete babes here.:rolleyes: Next year I will hire my first bikini crew. Amazon concrete babes where can I hire them?
 

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I figured you might have since you had a link from Dan Ward's company, I see alot of the stuff he has on his web page were things I did for him.
I had no bad experiences with Dan, did you? I met a guy in a bar who was "handling" the tilework for him at Brasada Ranch, not to good he wasnt handling it. I liked Dan. Double Diamond Masonry puts out top drawer stuff. Good guys.
 

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I had no bad experiences with Dan, did you? I met a guy in a bar who was "handling" the tilework for him at Brasada Ranch, not to good he wasnt handling it. I liked Dan. Double Diamond Masonry puts out top drawer stuff. Good guys.
No, no problems with Dan, he is a good guy. DD does do nice work also.
 
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