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Cost per liner foot to excavate...

Discussion in 'In the Office' started by imjustdave, Jun 21, 2007.

  1. imjustdave

    imjustdave Well-Known Member

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    Looking for some help in figuring out a cost per foot on excavating large strip mall buildings.
     
  2. digger242j

    digger242j Administrator

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    Dave, could you give us a little more to go on?

    I assume you're talking about excavating for footers for the buildings themselves, but even if I'm right, there's other things that we need to know, like how wide, and deep, and whether you just cast the spoil to the side, or need to haul it off, etc. I'm sure others will think of other questions as well...
     
  3. imjustdave

    imjustdave Well-Known Member

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    updated info

    Sorry should have added some more info.

    Multiple buildings single story, range from 5K to 25K SQ feet with most around 11K SQ feet


    Foundation looks to be about 2/12 feet wide, some areas are a little wider corners ETC and load points. but the nore is around a 2.5 feet for the foundation, and about 2 feet in the ground. planning on using a 4 foot bucket on a 200 Excavator so there will be plenty of room for the foundation crew.

    On the first building I measured around the perimeter and got 550 Feet so 3 down, 4 wide came up with 240 yards, Im figuring 300 yards adding in the pier pads in the center being moved to storage.

    Exported material will be move on site anywhere from 900 - 1400 feet away. dependig on building.

    There is also the Q in my mind of how does one come up with the total Linear feet in a excavation. Do you just run a tape around the ditch and thats it. or around the drawing like I did? Pier pads how do they get measured, same way I supose, small items but the take a lot of time.

    Doing the work isnt' going to be an issue I have great workers I just need to get better at bidding.

    I also have to provide embeds for other trades.
     
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  4. Bob Horrell

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    I usually figure out the yardage and then I know how much yardage per hour I can move with the equipment I use. I add in things like differences in soil type, what has to be done with spoils, and access problems if any. Sometimes there are other odd things to consider. I try to keep the bidding process simple by breaking it down into manageable sections and then adding a CYA clause for those unforseen items that can really bite you. Example, in pool digging bids I always cover myself for the event of running into solid rock etc. Unmarked underground utilities etc. are another thing to cover yourself for.
     
  5. FullMetalBucket

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    Sorry for the "NOOB" question, but what's a CYA? :beatsme (I hope it's not a no brainer..... I need an acronym dictionary! )
    Thanks.
     
  6. imjustdave

    imjustdave Well-Known Member

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    CYA = Cover your Ass
     
  7. FullMetalBucket

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    OK, that WAS a gimme.... :D