dirt off a hill is expensive. The
technique is simple, however: hire
laborers, and provide them with 5-gallon
buckets, shovels, and gloves. And
a place to carry the dirt to. David
Hoffmire, the foundation contractor,
owned a 5-cubic yard capacity dump
truck that he was able to back into
the parking spot. By cutting through
the garden, workers were able to save
a whole flight of stairs.
A hint for disposing
of clay in Marin: If it's clean, McNear's
Brickyard, in San
Rafael (415-454-6811), will allow
it to be dropped off there. Otherwise
you will need to pay a dump fee.
David Hoffmire's foundation upgrade bid included demo and off-haul of dirt. But both bids I received for the deck replacement and residing did not include demo and debris removal, so I started shopping for this service.
One electrician, while bidding that
part of the job, strongly recommended
V's Demolition Inc.
(P.O. Box 1199 Santa Cruz, CA 831-429-8638).
I contacted "V", and his
schedule was quite busy. Eventually
he made it by, and bid $8,000 for
stucco and deck removal, and carting
the debris away.
At around the same time, I spotted a coupon offering 10% savings on demo and debris removal. So I contacted Hurricane Hauling & Demolition (425-A Irwin St., San Rafael, CA 415.456.3407) and David Sherman came by. His bid arrived a week later: $4,150.
I am surprised that
two bids for a pretty straight-forward
project can be so far apart, but I
guess that it just reinforces what
we all know: get a couple of bids
in the San Francisco Bay Area, lots
of ads have recently appeared with
titles like "Got Junk?".
My first pickup was by a truck that
happened to be next door. The company
911 (415-492-8036), and the
owner, Arty Smith. I pointed to two
piles of debris left over from the
foundation work and was quoted $160
- below the oft-quoted $40/cubic yard.
Twenty minutes later the stuff was
weeks ago I had more junk in the way
- but not enough to justify a debris
box. I went on Craigslist, and phoned
the ad for Hauling
Service: Demo and Excavation
(510-815-1403). The guy asked me how
much stuff I had. Heck - I didn't
want to guess how many square yards,
since either I'd screw him, or screw
myself. I asked him to come out and
take a look. He came by the following
day, and quoted $300 - just a enough
below that $40/cubic yard benchmark
to make the transaction happen.
Here in Mill Valley, there are a few companies that provide debris boxes:
* Unfortunately, Mill Valley Refuse requires that these bins be 100% dirt OR 100% rock. No mixing. Quite
I scheduled the pickup of my full
box, Mill Valley Refuse let
me down. No one showed. When I called
to ask what happened, I was told that
the driver came by at 6am, and there
was a vehicle in the way. 6am?! Hmmm.
Never heard the truck; never received
a call. And apparently my fault.
time around I decided to try Grange
Debris Box. The delivery window
was a little... broad ("this
afternoon or tomorrow sometime")
but I did get a 12 cubic yard can
for the price of Mill Valley Refuse's
10 yard can.