Mechanical Estimating Methods

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Mechanical Estimating Methods 4th Edition provides assistance with estimating heating, ventilating and air conditioning system construction projects through the use of up-to-date cost data and estimating examples. This all-in-one reference presents accepted standards and procedures for taking off and pricing heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems, as well as piping, plumbing and fire protection. Includes all of the major mechanical systems in new building construction. The book shows readers how to:

  • Evaluate mechanical plans and specs so you can estimate all cost components.
  • Measure, quantify, and perform takeoffs for materials, labor and equipment.
  • Identify and correctly apply direct and indirect costs, including overhead and profit.
  • Use forms to improve accuracy and efficiency with electronic forms now available on the books own web site.
  • Compare materials and methods and select the most cost-effective way to get the job done.
  • Consider how schedule issues affect costs before you bid.
  • Train new estimators with clear instructions for estimating the mechanical trades.
  • Make the best use of Means Mechanical and Plumbing Cost Data.

Includes three fully worked out sample estimates: square foot, systems (assemblies) and a detailed unit price estimate. Organized for easy reference, the book gives quick access to whatever aspect of mechanical estimating needed. Includes a glossary of mechanical terms and definitions plus symbols used on mechanical plans, useful formulas, checklists and conversion tables.