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I can give you a basic formula, but since I have no idea on what type of cable is the “industry standard” – you will need to get the price of the cable and work it into the formula.
Ex: if your using a trencher at $200 a day, and for your purposes the cable cost $5/ft, and your hourly rate is $65/hr here is what I would do. If it takes you 4hrs to trench 1000ft, prep and lay the cable and you worked 8hrs a day, here are your cost break downs.
2000’ in 8hr =’s $10,000 for cable based on $5 per ft.
Labor in 8hr =’s $520
Trencher 8hr =’s $200
This total to go 2000’ in 8 hrs will cost $10720.00
Your total cost per / ft will be $5.36 This is not taking into account any material markup.
Now you have to keep in mind – this just a formula. You will need to adjust it based on what you feel you can do. If you can do more or less in the time allotted, you will just need to make the adjustments to fit your individual needs.
Hope this helps you out. If you should need anything further please don't hesitate to ask. Good Luck!!
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