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#169654 - 10/10/07 11:31 PM Books on estimating  
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Hello everyone, this will be my first post here on ECN. I am looking for some good estimating books. Any and all info is welcome.

Thanks


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#169667 - 10/11/07 01:25 PM Re: Books on estimating [Re: waterdog]  
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Hello


#169668 - 10/11/07 01:39 PM Re: Books on estimating [Re: waterdog]  
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Hello waterdog, welcome to the forum. Look at MIke Holts book on estimating electrical wiring.


#169669 - 10/11/07 01:50 PM Re: Books on estimating [Re: macmikeman]  
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Thanks macmikeman


#169681 - 10/11/07 07:31 PM Re: Books on estimating [Re: waterdog]  
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Why do you want to estimate, the jobs, just look at what the other guy is charging, why waste all that time looking things up, after a few jobs, where you loose money, just add a few bucks, and see id your still loosing, if your still loosing, just keep increasing the next job until your check book balances.

If your serious about doing things the right way, try this book for some basic starting points, on estimating. Craftsmans Books on Estimating. If you like the Craftman Books, you can move on to more complex estimating systems from there.



#169710 - 10/12/07 10:00 PM Re: Books on estimating [Re: LK]  
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Also, keep track of your time and materials on completed jobs. Nothing will be more accurate than your own numbers.

Dave


#169714 - 10/13/07 11:49 AM Re: Books on estimating [Re: Tiger]  
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Originally Posted by Tiger
Also, keep track of your time and materials on completed jobs. Nothing will be more accurate than your own numbers.

Dave


That is the real secret to pricing jobs.


#169741 - 10/14/07 01:16 PM Re: Books on estimating [Re: LK]  
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Let us know how your doing, with locating the books


#169746 - 10/14/07 07:22 PM Re: Books on estimating [Re: Tiger]  
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Originally Posted by Tiger
Also, keep track of your time and materials on completed jobs. Nothing will be more accurate than your own numbers.

Dave


That's gold, Dave.
It's also where a computer really comes in handy, rather than digging through screeds of paper records.
Not that it isn't a silly idea to have a paper back-up, we all know what computers can be like.


Let's face it, these days if you're not young, you're old - Red Green grin

#169748 - 10/14/07 09:15 PM Re: Books on estimating [Re: Trumpy]  
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What I find best for keeping track of (just about anything) is something called Filemaker. For most of you folks I suspect Microsoft Access is pretty similar to it.


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