I am having an apartment building gutted because of fire, the
contractor wants to park a dump truck on my lawn and sidewalk which is
a few years old. The truck is medium size dual rear wheels with about
16-20 ft bed 5 ft high, I guess maybe 10 ton loaded but I dont know.
What do I need to have them put under the wheels to protect my
concrete and lawn, can I really protect the concrete from cracking. I
thought using 1" plywood cut in half so I would have 2" thick 4 foot
wide sheets under each wheel. Or must I have them park in the street.
Sadly plywood does not distribute the load very much. It's crap shoot
as to your sidewalk if you park something heavy on it. Depends on how
firm the ground is under it. Crossing the sidewalk is less risky than
leaving it sitting on it. Can't they get on the other side of it?
I'm not sure how to arrange this contract-wise, but contractor should be
held liable for damages if they occur.
Last year, I had some trees removed from a hilly area and contractor
brought in a mat to lay over the lawn in parts he had to bring a log
hauling tractor and lawn was left undamaged. It should be up to your
contractor to do something similar.
Don't know what your payment options are but I would certainly hold back
enough funds to cover any damages until job is done and walk is undamaged.
Usually best around here to withhold all payments until job is complete.
Don't know about loads and such, but around here contractors for city road
projects lay a honkin' big sheet of steel across holes in the street. I mean
it's like 1/2" thick. That would probably distribute the load quite well.
Those steel plates used in roadway work are 1" thick or better and
are only allowed to be used where the span of the hole it is covering
is less than half the width of the plate and the plate is centered
You need a serious size front end loader to move those things
In this particular situation such a plate is not recommended because
they would represent a slipping hazard for foot traffic when wet and
this sort of project work will go months where the truck the OP is
worried about is being used as the dumpster for the contractor...
Months to gut an apartment building? The OP is worried about a couple
of squares of sidewalk - I don't think the job is anywhere near the
size you're imagining. I'm guessing maybe six units and a week to gut
it. Who's holding the pool money? ;)
Not if the contractor is using the dump truck as a dumpster...
You can not store any sort of debris inside a partially occupied
building with dwelling units, it represents a fire hazard...
The contractor will be making MANY daily trips to empty
the truck at the waste dumping/recycling center during
the demolition phase of the project and at least once a
day thereafter to have a clean truck to fill with the next day's
It is a great way to avoid creating an attractive nuisance
on your property which could create liability if someone
decides to trespass in a dumpster looking for "treasure"
and got hurt -- it also totally eliminates the issue of
"anonymous donations" of trash which cost the
contractor/property owner more money to dispose of...
The contractor will need a trash disposal capacity on the
building site throughout the entire project... During the
demo phase the contractor will be frequently emptying
the dump truck, during the building and finishing phases,
the truck would only need to be emptied at the end of
This sort of arrangement is *much* cheaper and safer
than using a roll-off dumpster as those can not be
left on the street overnight... The contractor already
has this truck for use to deliver materials to the site
and use to haul trash away -- his only costs to use
this truck for those purposes are the fuel, maintenance
and the driver... It gets *VERY* expensive to have
a roll-off container swapped out several times a day...
Moreso when you are dealing with neighborhood
elements adding trash to it which you are paying
to have hauled away...
highly dependent upon location. when i built my house, there was a rolloff
dumpster there 100% of the time. if you have to empty it multiple times/day,
then it isn't big enough. get one larger for that phase, get a smaller one
for later phases.
I've done projects both ways and which particular way makes more sense
is entirely dependent on the project and location, and ultimately
dollars. You're making so many assumptions about many factors of
which you have no knowledge, and coming to conclusions with such
certitude it makes me wonder. You can sell yourself on anything you
like without information, but I set the bar a little higher.
Rico man, quit while you are ahead...
If ransley followed that advice he would have to pray that nothing
ever leaked anywhere ever again -- lest the tenants be exposed
to a raunchy mixture of wet fire damage and mold that would
smell like a rancid BBQ...
Have to encapsulate the smoke/water damaged internals of the
wall to head off any problems in the future...
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