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Hedge removal and fencing

hi all,

pretty new to fencing been doing maintenance for couple of years now. Anyway... customer asked me how much it would be to have hedge (privet) out and replaced with close board concrete posts and kick boards. Only problem is hedge is 10ft high and 3-4 ft thick. 

Trying to works price out.. any help??


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  • You need to get your maths nead on and work it out! Nobody here can tell you YOUR price, or how much you want to earn. 

    It should be fairly simple... figure out time to remove hedge, waste away, any extras, then phone a timber supplier and get the prices of the wood once you've calculated what style of fence you need and got your list of materials needed.


    • Yeah your right cheers 

  • Pretend it's your garden and invite Dan Frazer Gardening Ltd in to quote for the job ... ! 

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    For me, there are several issues here to make sure you can handle.

    1. Will you be working at height to lop it down - are you insured/trained for this.

    2. Will it need a chainsaw again - trained / insured?

    The last thing you want is an injury meaning out for work for an extended period.

    3. Sounds like it will have an extensive root zone - how will this be handled? Dug / diggered out? Left in situ? If left in situ, it's really hard to estimate time for digging the post holes as they could be easy or a nightmare.

    4. Lots & lots of waste; how will that be handled?

    So break it down into tasks you can visualise and assess difficulties and risks. It's always easy to get it right on a simple job, but this sounds a tad more complex if you're not used to it. We wouldn't quote as beyond capabilities (height / chainsaw). So also make sure you're being honest with yourself and not chasing difficult money.

    Hope that helps!

  • If you are 'new' to fencing, it seems a pretty daunting start.  However, what a good job to get stuck into and learn from!  What you haven't mentioned is the length of the hedge/fence. There will be no need to 'work at height' as your first cut would be at around 4' I would think.  Re using a chainsaw - if you can't use one, then a new bow saw and decent loppers will be plenty. 

    Certainly think about a mini digger to grub out roots - again depending on length, otherwise, a sharp mattock, axe and spade will be good excercise - privet are not too bad to grub out as long as you have left 4' for leverage.

    Then it's down to the fence.

    If you really want to have a go and are worried about pricing, then simply get some quotes in and work to their figures - it will be hard going tho as specialist companies will work at 3 times the pace you will!

    It just may just be worth admitting it's a bit too much for you and managing the project, using outside contractors and adding on 15% or so for yourself. We have all done this at times, but learn from watching the experts!


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