Originally Posted by sigma722
Working on the kitchen? Remodeling?
That sounds fun. As of now, I currently have my electrician coming out to make some final corrections for the changes I made in the basement. If he cancels I might come over.
no just cleaning up the kitchen after working out in the back. We are having the pool removed - and before the skidsteer operator comes this weekend - trying to get it ready. removed the wooden cap on the pool, removed some of the fence and gate, removed liner, removing brick patio (so we can re-lay later), removed wooden stairs going down terrace to pool. Probably about 1000 bricks we are picking up and moving. That takes a surprisingly long time. The terrain is such that you just have to hand carry them to the storage pile by the house. I carry 4, Megan does 3, Evelyn 2, and Lillian 1. So with all four us making a trip we get a whopping 10 stacked in the new pile. Of course, the kid help breaks down quick. Darn unreliable crew -- constantly skittering off.
The brick are dirty - so we have to clean them all off too. But with new equivalent brick costing at least ~75 cents each -- it's worth it.
BTW --- Pool removal costs are all over the map. We had 6 quotes. Range was $2,000 - $10,000. We are using the $2,000 guy who owns a tracked skidsteer and does odd jobs on the weekends. @d_c
, your buddy called me about the chance to give a quote, like last month - but I missed it until just this last week - at which point we had already pretty much selected our contractor. I would have had him out to provide a bid, and my wife told me I should still - but I didn't want to waste his time since we already had a pretty solid option, and I felt bad for missing his call and only realizing it like a month later -- somehow I missed his voicemail. The guy we are going with charges $75 an hour for man and machine and thinks it'll take about 6-8 hours of machine work - with the rest of the cost being fill dirt and top soil. Had to jump through a few permit hoops to do it this way, as he operates out of Holden and the permit requires he be licensed in Blue Springs - so we offered to pay his Blue Springs license cost - as that was still incredibly cheaper than the second cheapest option which was another skidsteer owner/operator who quoted us $4,900.
Final Note --- Permits are a joke. We felt like we definitely needed one to make this all legit in case we want to sell the house in the future (and probably that's true) - but all they seem to be in this case (for pool removal) is a chance for Blue Springs to make money, without offering any real true benefit to the home owner or future purchaser. They require the contractors be licensed in blue springs. (electrical and excavator both required by permit), they require fees per employee (if applicable), they ensure Blue Springs gets their taxes, but they provide little to no direction in actually doing the job, and little assurance anything was actually done right over not having a permit.