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Question DetailsAsked on 3/7/2014

looking for someone to remove rock from my backyard

I have approximately 2000 square feet backyard with pea-type granite gravel and some 1-inch stuff as well. I would like this scrapped up and hauled away. I was hopping to find someone with a bobcat and dump truck to haul it away.

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Sounds like maybe 1-3 truckloads worth, depending on thickness.

An Excavation contractor can certainly do it - hopefully you have access for loading/hauling equipment to get into the backyard, because removing a section of fence and putting it back in will add $150-250 typically to your cost - low end if can get through between posts, higher end if a post has to come out too.

If you think it is thick enough (say 3-4 inches or more) to be largely scavengeable, since we are talking usually expensive crushed granite (unless very common in your area for this use), maybe a Landscaping contractor would be a better bet - he could scrape the bulk of it up to recover and use elsewhere on another job, which should decrease what he charges you to haul it away.

Hard to guess what this might cost - say maybe $250-350 range if a significant value in the scavenged material, to as much as $500-600 range if has to dispose of as waste. This assumes machine recovery with a laborer hand raking to remove the bulk of the remainder, but not picked clean of every last piece - might be a wheel barrow or two worth of loose pieces left scattered over the area. If you want it picked absolutely clean, then likely more like a full days work for 2 men with a bobcat and dumptruck and detail hand raking and wheel barrowing, and probably closer to $700-900 range.

Bear in mind, if a bobcat or utility tractor is used, you can end up with damage from the tractor and maybe from the dump truck driving as close as possible, so you need to be sure to specify where they can drive and operate (mark with surveyor's ribbon), and good specification regarding how clean area is to be left. If you want wheel ruts in lawn filled that will cost more - hopefully you are planning on replacing the gravel with lawn and any ruts can just be filled by the lawn contractor as he finishes cleaning up his work. Be sure to turn off automatic sprinklers and do not water lawn for a week in advance of work day, and hope for no rain - might put something in contract about rain delay if ground is saturated so driving on it would ruin your lawn or cause his truck to spin and gouge your yard up. Ditto to possibly muddying up the back yard with the tractor.

Be sure to get utility locates so they don't tear up your utilities, and if they are going to be trafficking across sidewalk or driveway, personally I would require they cover any sidewalk with 3/4" plywood or OSB or with timbers extending at least about 2 feet off each side and end of the crossing area to spread the load and reduce the chance of cracking or tilting it, and sand the loading area of the driveway to reduce scuffing and gouging and black tire marks by the tractor.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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