Septic tank install - why $5K

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rent a backhoe and do the entire job yourself
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snipped-for-privacy@yahoo.com wrote:

Hell, you need to get in the real world. Try going to the dentist sometime. He'll get you for $1000 AN HOUR!!
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Steve Barker wrote:

Backhoes ain't cheap.
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Yes you are...You have no clue what the costs are in operating a business of that type..What the hell is "buddy labor" , a couple of 6 packs ?? He will definitly need a dump truck to bring in gravel and crushed stone... If you think the bid is high , pick the phone up and get more bids and have them break it down for you instead of wasting time here as costs can vary greatly from state to state and we have no idea where you are and what the layout of your land is reguarding how much fill , gravel , crushed stone , ect. is required , ie. elevation ,soil type , ease of access , ect. which makes guessing labor and materials impossible........
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snipped-for-privacy@yahoo.com wrote:

A privy would be a lot cheaper...
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What they charge is justified, bidding is what you need.
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In this economic environment, there should be plenty of contractors that are taking work at slim or even zero margin. I'd focus on getting 3 or 4 quotes from reliable contractors and see how aggressive they are for business.
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You can come up with all the cost numbers you like, but the bottom line is that you as a consumer are only concerned with one number: what are you going to pay? His costs are immaterial. The facts are that if this is the only guy who installs tanks and he's doing a reasonable business, you will pay his rate or he won't do the work.
On the other hand, if there are competitors around that can do the same job cheaper, hire them.
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Robert Neville wrote:

Yes, and also keep in mind the cheap guy is 99% of the time NOT the best guy.
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