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Question DetailsAsked on 7/25/2016

how much is a yard of clean backfill

i need 15 yards of clean fill delivered to lakeville,ma. Need price, will order in 2 days. 7 Bells Brook road lakeville
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You would have to call local vendors to get actual pricing for your area - this is a nationwide forum, plus contractors can not take the time to continually troll this site looking for work, so your chances of getting a local response to your question from a vendor is about nil.

Search the List category for vendors would be Mulch and Topsoil for topsoil (for lawn levelling or top-dressing or to build a planter to plant things in) or Stone and Gravel if looking for a non-organic fill material like to fill deep holes or level off a slope. Landscaping contractors of course also haul and place fill in small quantities like this.

Excavation contractors also provide/haul both types, and if looking for "common fill" can sometimes give you a lot cheaper deal if they have waste material coming out of an excavation somewhere.

Cost typically in the $250-450 range for a load (commonly 10-15 cubic yards) of topsoil depending on local material availability and labor cost and distance to haul - $300'ish is a common number, or typically about $150-350 for a load of gravel or common fill with $200-250 being a common range.

Be sure what you are asking for - "clean fill" or "common fill" or "general fill" could range from mud to giant boulders because that is not a legal term for fill materials. Specify that you want a readily compactable fill without excess fines, and state your maximum allowable size - commonly 4-12 inches if doing a thick fill (several feet or more), 4 inch if doing 1-3 feet, 3/4 or 1 inch if doing just a few inches to a foot. For thin fill, like levelling off low spots in a lawn, driveway base material (1/2 or 3/4" minus) is normally used, then topped with topsoil.

And be sure he is not dumping construction/demolition or land-clearing debris or oil-contaminated waste on you - you should be there to look at it BEFORE he dumps.

Realize that if more than a few inches thick, if it is not compacted in lifts during placement you can commonly expect 10-30% settlement over the years depending on fill gradation (commonly about half or more in first year unless quite clayey), so if you need it compacted either rent a vibratory plate compactor yourself for maybe $50-70/day or have an Excavation or Landscaping contractor do the hauling and placement and compaction for you.

Consider also where you are going to have it dumped (if not directly at usage point), and if a loaded truck can reasonably get there - definitely do not water ground between now and then, and bear in mind a loaded truck cannot generally go up more than about a 5-10% slope on grass or lawn (spins wheels) so if not planning on having it dumped on your drive consider a possible backup plan in case he cannot get to where you planned on dumping.

Don't forget truck is about 10-14 feet high, and the bed rises to about 15-20 feet (depending on truck model) while dumping and up to 30 feet with end-dump trailers, so be aware of trees, power lines, house roof overhang, etc in figuring access and dumping point.

When ordering describe access situation - because for 15 cy (more than most dumptrucks can legally carry) he might well plan on bringing a wide-dump tractor-trailer or a dump truck with pup (dumptruck pulling a smaller dump trailer) which do not back up well and may not be able to get where a dumptruck by itself can.

A truckload (12-15 CY) of fill is about 100 trips with a contractor size wheelbarrow loaded to reasonable pushing weight (about 2/3 full) - or about double that with gardener size wheelbarrow, so of course dumping the load level or uphill of needed area is better than downhill if you need to wheelbarrow this, but good rolling conditions (driveway and walks ?) is more important than a minor grade because the rolling friction is WAY less than on lawn or dirt. And of course do NOT dump on road right-of-way or sidewalk because you risk a ticket and immediate removal order.

One last consideration - a normal construction drive can handle a loaded dumptruck stopping just long enough to dump a load (not sitting loaded for an extended period of time if asphalt), but if drive is in poor condition consider if you want a loaded truck driving on it. Ditto if you have a cuylvert under your drive that has minimal cover - like less than about 8 inches for normal size culvert - culvert up to 12" usuaqlly OK, but larger culverts without soil cover over the culvert can flatten out or collapse under a full dumptruck. Ditto to load concern if you have any bridge to your place which might have load limits on it - can require several trips or a smaller truck at times in that case.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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