how much block concrete fence should cost?


Old 04-23-14, 03:37 PM
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how much block concrete fence should cost?

425 ft long and 6 ft high.

Was given ridiculously high quotes - about 50 k (labor and material).

Did some research and it seems like it should be around 10-15k.

But can't find anyone in Louisiana with that price.

Any suggestions? What's the fair price for that kind of job?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 04-23-14, 03:54 PM
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Welcome to the forums.

Best practice is three or more bids from local contractors so you can compare.
Old 04-23-14, 04:12 PM
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Sounds to me like no one wants the work...possibly due to site issues?

For what it is, I had 35 ft of block wall (5ft on top of 3ft retaining wall, with code footer) and about 30 ft of 5ft wall) on top of existing retaining wall, done here about 5-6 yrs ago. $2300 as I remember. Don't have an exact breakdown of each section.

Split the cost and it works out to about $35-36 per foot. But I have no water table to deal with. Based on my'd be looking at about $16.5K...but of course some of my crew was probably illegals, and the footer part was easy.

All depends on ground conditions, access and location.

Did they break down the quotes for each step of the job?
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I do not know about any issues with the site.. Looks like those kinds of fences are not popular in Louisiana, so there are not that many people who build them.

Here are some details:

425 feet long, the height = 6 ft

60 feet of the wall will be higher - 8 ft.

22 feet will be brick (to match the house at front).

6 ft gate at back side.

Important: water should drain well through.

There is no footer, so we'll probably need to pour one.

I just want to know, how much is adequate price for that?
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The footer is the big variable! It all depends on the soil conditions. If the ground will support the wall it's just a simple matter of digging/pouring a footer but if the ground isn't suitable to support a block wall you have to dig deeper/wider and pour more concrete. Failure to have an adequate footer will result in the wall settling, maybe leaning over time!

Important: water should drain well through.
It's not a big deal to incorporate drains through the wall but if the ground gets good and wet often that complicates getting a good footer to support the wall.

Site access and what has to be done to do the job correctly all affects the price ..... and you want a project of this size done right! There are a lot of factors that can alter the price of identical looking jobs. The only good way to price the work is to get multiple quotes.
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