You probably wouldn't believe me if I told you feeders are one of the easier systems to estimate. I don’t blame you. Staring at a single-line riser diagram can be daunting. But estimating feeders is simply a matter of determining the distance between two points.
As part of calculating your final sell price, you need to determine how many electricians it will take to build the job. The answer could determine whether you need to factor in additional labor costs, such as overtime labor, supervision costs and more labor hours.
It's 6 pm as two estimators walk into a bar. They sit down, order a beer and start comparing takeoff techniques. The old estimator, who has been estimating more than 30 years, says, “I put all my counts on paper spreadsheets, then I enter them into the computer later.
With this last article on paperless estimating, I want to touch on a few of the greater benefits and potential issues you may face. I’m hoping some of you have already purchased and are now using “in-screen” takeoff (IST) software, after reading parts one and two of this series.