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Waterline Replacement Project

Waterline Replacement Project

Waterline Replacement Project

Good Afternoon, I am seeking an independent source to corroborate an estimated price for pipe material in a water line replacement project.
I would gladly share specifics if anyone could recommend a resource that might be helpful in my dilemma.
Principally looking for linear foot cost of material (plus installation costs if possible) of C900 PVC and C906 HDPE. More details are available.
Thank you

RE: Waterline Replacement Project

Why not contact a pipe supplier/manufacturer and ask for a budget estimate on the amount and size of pipe. Most will be happy to give you a price. This will at least give you a ball park figure.

"Any water can be made potable if you filter it through enough money"

RE: Waterline Replacement Project

The material cost is fairly easy to get as ashtree indicated. The installation cost is too dependent on a lot of different variables which your post doesn't provide any information on.

RE: Waterline Replacement Project

That's just it, it's not been easy. I'm having little or no luck with getting a quote. I was hoping this forum could point me in the direction of a supplier for C900 PVC and C906 HDPE. I figured once I found material costs I would foray into the installation side. But since asked... suffice it to say installed in trench with 36" cover with shoring (HDPE pipe heat fusion). Plus various joints and valves.

RE: Waterline Replacement Project

Just get your installers to quote the material with their bids.

RE: Waterline Replacement Project

You might check with local municipalities/water companies that might have some recent bid tabulations for new or replacement installations for costs. Look in the phone book under pipe suppliers, there should be a number of companies that supply PVC and PE pipe.

Some factors that will affect your construction costs are:
Size of pipe, surface conditions (i.e. pavement; curb, gutter, sidewalks; gravel road; etc.), how many other utilities may be in conflict, location,
number of services, fittings, etc., depth of bury, soil conditions (i.e. sandy, rocky, loamy, ect.), how busy the contractors are with other projects.
The list goes on.

The cost of the material will be the easy part.

Good luck.

RE: Waterline Replacement Project

Get a copy of RS Means Building Construction Cost Data. I have found it to be the next best thing to an actual quote and it provides factors to account for geographic location, special or unusual conditions, labor practices, etc. It is a valuable resource.

RE: Waterline Replacement Project

A throw at the wall cost which I use (again a throw at the wall only)
$8 per inch-foot installed, factor up or down as appropriate, up to double or triple if conditions warrant.
At the $8 per inch foot 1/3 of that is materials, 1/3 labor, 1/3 equipment


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