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Posted: 15 May 2010,10:04 QUOTE

I hate loosing priced jobs like that, but as you say, lets see the end result.

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Posted: 17 May 2010,17:57 QUOTE

Quite busy at the minute, theres only 3 of us so its not to bad, sub-contracting to a developer since end of Jan this will be coming to an end in two weeks then got about 1.5 months of "bits n snags" lined up then back on for the developer, definatley not earning top dollar though sub-contracting.

Ive probably been out priced on more jobs than what i have won, one job i went to look at i went twice to show him different ideas scale diagrams, photos, portfolios and then picked him up from his house and showed him one of my jobs - a fifty mile round trip, and then i still didnt get it, it was only 5.8k of work he said i was way over by , 45 mtrs indian sandstone, 10x 0.7 mtrs high L-shaped retaining wall with posts at each end and corner built in pitched faced walling stone, steps up to a split level garden, i thought that was a reasonable quote seen as im 25 miles away from him, what do you guys think
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Posted: 17 May 2010,19:59 QUOTE

sounds cheap to me dan
some people just try it on
if you price labour +material + small profit
then that is your price
you cant make it fit what he wants to pay
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Posted: 18 May 2010,16:41 QUOTE

I had a mad spell about 3 to 4 weeks ago priced up lots but so far only turned one of those quotes into work.
People are wanting to spend but are more bothered about price than quality at the moment or think that we can all do it for a fiver.  :(  Thats how i see it.


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Posted: 26 May 2010,22:28 QUOTE

busy busy busy haha,

got 120 metres sawn flags to lay and 130 metre drive, not sure what yet resin bound was a no no, wanted 50/m just for resin and gravel. think we are going with block kerb, block edging, and block circle with asphalt. so prep that for our surfacing lads.

currently knocking down and large double garge 10mx12m inc slabs etc then footings for a house going on it. and to make things easier picked up a job turning an 4 acre field into 2 rugby pitches. first job is a road in, and its only 5 minute drive in dumper from garage so running all hardcore their nice link up.

then got a +/- 1 metre cut and fill on the 12,000 metres2 to form the pitches, 6000 tons of top soil to strip and pile. then about 10,000 tons of clay to move.

currently looking for a bulldozer, love new toys for jobs :)


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Posted: 26 May 2010,23:47 QUOTE

very nice giles
have to say  that down here for builders its as tight as a ducks
pricing loads but the constant attempts at bartering are getting me down
when you have spent 5 hours carefully pricing a 50k job,you dont need a desk jockey asking you to lose 15%
the way its going I am going to start charging for quotes that are broken down,I did one for an asian fella the other week,went past a week later and he had russian lads doing the work,stopped to speak to him and he asked could they borrow a kango and some acrows!!!!
funny enough i said no
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Posted: 27 May 2010,19:48 QUOTE

H tony, i was talking to a guy in kings lynn yesterday telling me about lithoainains going to luton to work leave hear at 4ish am on site 7.30 ish back hear at 8ish 500 a week for the 3 off them,he is a sparky, did the electrics for em. WHAT THE flip IS GOING ON..............MSH :(

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Posted: 27 May 2010,19:58 QUOTE

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500 a week for the 3 off them


have you got their phone number  :D


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Posted: 27 May 2010,20:17 QUOTE

my street is full off em.............

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Posted: 27 May 2010,20:38 QUOTE

works dead up here so the poles etc have all done a runner down south for better money

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Posted: 27 May 2010,20:58 QUOTE

down south for better money .haha .evening standard ev ery week .brickys 12 pound an hour ,kerblayers 9 pound an hour chippies 10 pound an hour .london is fecked  :(

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Posted: 27 May 2010,21:06 QUOTE

seriously thats a lot better than whats being offered up here :(

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Posted: 27 May 2010,22:03 QUOTE

i suppose if push came to shove i would work for 12 quid an hour
but it hasn't and I wont work for less than 20/hour as things are

i spoke to the gaffer and he is well busy,but as a  world leader in what he does that is expected

this coalition parliment/greek/irish/italian/spanish/portugese tragedy,plus the oil spill in USA has made everyone didgy again

FFS i was getting 10 an hour in 1988 :angry:

anyway on a brighter side england are 5-1 to win the world cup
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Posted: 28 May 2010,17:14 QUOTE

just spent the afternoon trying to start a pair (fitter & mate) and strugling. either their working or the brew are paying for tickets and dont want to miss out. :(

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Posted: 28 May 2010,20:51 QUOTE

we're flat out at mo and have been for the last 10 weeks. theres a sheet load of work to be had out there right now. we could easily double the size of our operation tmrw to take advantage. the main reason i reckon for this is the people who didnt spend in the winter months, when the economy was looking grim are now opening their wallets.

however,over the grim winter months, despite cutting everyones hours,but deciding to make no redundancys, we managed to make a substantial loss in day to day operations. now back in the good times we're bashing it out trying to make back these losses .

i've decided not to substantially increase our size,mainly due to what happened last winter and the belief that winter 10/11 could be even worse. hopefully not,but its looking that way.
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Posted: 29 May 2010,05:57 QUOTE

thats good to hear bobbi,maybe things are better now for the landscape/hardscape type of things.
there are a few big jobs on the go in luton full of liffys poles etc,all on 8 and hour,trades on 11.50 an hour
but they are the sites where people get instant dismissal for a multitude of things,from talking to 1 irish lad he said its a climate of fear day in day out because they have 20 more names on the gate to replace you
we are booked up till end of july,but i much preferred it 2 years ago when we were booked up for a year,
you can plan better that way
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Posted: 29 May 2010,07:56 QUOTE

When the money takes a knock, it is usually the cheap labour that starts compromising safety. Even on big jobs, some of the lads will do what the foreman says, even if it is unsafe, for fear of losing their jobs. I've witnessed it time after time with inexperienced supervisors ( some who are made up by friends in high places ) putting lads to work unsafe.

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Posted: 08 June 2010,11:24 QUOTE

Asked my mate to quote me for a garage base. 150mm conc, grab wagon for stone and spoil removal, worked it out at 3 cube, (he put 5). 3 blokes, 2 days came in at 2300.Access is good (using neighbours drive) I don't know how he came to that price at all :0 , or for that matter where the 3rd bloke appeared from?
Looks like the prices are still not dropping in Warwickshire at the moment :(
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Posted: 08 June 2010,12:43 QUOTE

Quote (henpecked @ 08 June 2010,11:24)
......worked it out at 3 cube, (he put 5).......

The concrete guys are a law to themselves. No matter how accurate you measure and calculate the quantity they always tell you that you have reached the 'said amount' and require more, cash only for the extra. It makes my blood boil :(


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Posted: 08 June 2010,15:39 QUOTE

He said it would take 2 blokes to start with (one driver one on  shovel ,i suppose).
So, it has an extra guy, plus 2 cube with is 400 (working on a ton a shift). Thats not to mention the other bits. I costed it out at just under a 1k + labour, so it looks like I will be doing it me self :(

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