Estimating Electrical Construction Revised explains how to create a reliable estimate for residential, commercial or light industrial electrical construction, from essential preliminaries to submitting final bids. The book covers every aspect of electrical estimating and includes practical examples and sample forms to use on jobs. The book also explains the electrical estimating process, including types of bids and elements of each, what to look for on the job walk, how to deal with suppliers and use pricing sheets, how to modify labor units and how to avoid the most common electrical estimating mistakes. Includes a complete estimate for a commercial building, starting with the scope of work, the materials and equipment to use, installation requirements and a complete set of plans for the electrical system. Worksheets, pricing sheets, the bid summary sheet, telephoned quotations and spreadsheets are all provided so readers can compare their work with what an experienced professional electrical estimator would do. Includes detailed instructions for:
- Selecting projects
- Doing the material takeoff
- Calculating material costs
- Using an electronic measure and PC interface
- Completing an estimate manually
- Using estimating software
- Figuring overhead and profit
- Including all costs
- Using alternates for cost-savings
- Smart bidding
- Pricing for profit
- Dealing with change orders
- Handling backcharges
- Settling claims and disputes.
The book explains, click-by-click, how to use the National Estimator electrical estimating software and the National Electrical Estimator, an annual cost book with a database of thousands of common electrical items, including material costs, manhours and labor and equipment costs.