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Old 10-20-2009, 09:09 PM
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Just curious as we all do a host of yard care type work, what is it you do, that you love to do and when you look at the results you smile....and quite often the client does as well.

For me it is grading driveways, something I seem to have down pat and love to do, I will post images tomorrow as we have to rent a drive on compactor to do five driveways that we have done in the past week with grades that require a piece of equipment that I do not have. It's a 6,000 pound vibration compator, not something we would need very often so I booked jobs so we could do them all in one day as the rate is $400.00 a day for rental.

Anyhow, chip in and show your goods, could be stripes, clean up, laying locking brick, retaining wall anything, what is it that you love to do and when the job comes along, you can hardly wait to do it...???
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I really enjoy creating curb appeal. I use an edger not a trimmer for edging. I trim low branches on the clients trees. I really enjoy resurrecting a lawn.

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My personality and becoming like family/friends with the buyer, It works very well for me. Being honest!!!!!

I Know, I don't count because I am not a Landscaper. LOL

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For me it is grading driveways, something I seem to have down pat and love to do, I will post images tomorrow as we have to rent a drive on compactor to do five driveways that we have done in the past week with grades that require a piece of equipment that I do not have. It's a 6,000 pound vibration compator, not something we would need very often so I booked jobs so we could do them all in one day as the rate is $400.00 a day for rental.
This is very interesting! When is it important to use such a piece of equipment? It seems from what I have read, the box blade was the piece of equipment that was used mostly.

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Was this something you always loved or did it develop over time? What do you think about it that you enjoy so much?
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This is very interesting! When is it important to use such a piece of equipment? It seems from what I have read, the box blade was the piece of equipment that was used mostly.



Was this something you always loved or did it develop over time? What do you think about it that you enjoy so much?
It's interesting two love to sell to clients and develop relationships, that is excellent and very key in our business.

A box blade is used to grade the driveway, make it level and crown it however you still have to compact it. In this case, 6 companies in four years have tried to fix this road, the grade is very, very steep, I worked yesterday making ditches and we will install 8" drains in these ditches and cover with landscape fabric & 2" rock, this will stop the wash out, then I will grade crushed granite which is being delivered, it's around $750.00 a load however if you compact it properly, it's like concrete, our roller only wheighs around 900 pounds, this is a big job and I won't take any chances so I am renting a 3 ton unit that they use to roll pavement.

Of all the driveways we have done this year I have only used crushed granite three times due to the cost. I could get away with Class A I think however the homeowners said price is not an issue, we want this fixed right at all costs, that is magic to my ears as it means I can go overkill on the process and give them results that they will tell others about because in a years time, it will look like it will when we finish today.
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I could get away with Class A I think however the homeowners said price is not an issue, we want this fixed right at all costs, that is magic to my ears as it means I can go overkill on the process and give them results that they will tell others about because in a years time,
How does this different rock effect the outcome of the job? Won't the Class A compact just as much or will it never be as strong as the granite?

How much more does the granite cost for such a job than the class A?
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How does this different rock effect the outcome of the job? Won't the Class A compact just as much or will it never be as strong as the granite?

How much more does the granite cost for such a job than the class A?
I am in this for long term results, Class A is perfect for 95% of the work we do however, and I will take pictures, this is a 30 degree grade, 2,000 feet long, it's crazy.

Crushed granite when rolled with a compactor is like concrete, it will not move, ever. Cost wise it's about $450.00 a load, being 16 yards.
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This is so fascinating! I am looking forwards to seeing the results.

By the way, in such situations, how does crushed granite compare in price to paving it with asphalt?
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This is so fascinating! I am looking forwards to seeing the results.

By the way, in such situations, how does crushed granite compare in price to paving it with asphalt?
Paving here is expensive and few do what I consider quality work, one load of Crushed Granite is around $425.00, I charge $225.00 per load to spread and $85.00 to compact, one load will generally do about 125 to 180 feet. To pave 125 feet say 18 feet wide you are looking in the range of $8,500.00 ++ here. My driveway is 950 feet, a quote last year was $32,000.

I am currently without a working camera, I have six sites we just finished that I need to post images of, two I will use as marketing as the results are really something. Anyhow all the guys are working at my place today, clearing fallen trees, bringing in firewood, chipping and helping me finish a drain so I will have some time to get some errands done and get a camera.
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