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Construction Job Walk Basics 101

If the project is new construction, then there won’t be much to see except where the proposed building will be set on the lot...

Sheet Metal Takeoff – Test 3

In the next two test you will be required to measure the lengths of the ductwork using the bar scale shown on each drawing....

Sheet Metal Takeoff – Test 2

Riser Ductwork #1 In the following series of test there will be no numbered items given. It will be up to you to determine what...

Sheet Metal Takeoff – Test 1

VAV Low Side Ductwork #1 In the following series of test there will be no numbered items given. It will be up to you to...

Sheet Metal Fabrication

Rectangular Sheet Metal Takeoff

If you have a computer estimating program with the capability of onscreen take-off, then this course will give you a good understanding of what...

Sheet Metal Shop Fabrication Productivity

Chapter #9 - Sheet Metal Shop Fabrication Productivity You must be able to determine the productivity rate of your shop as measured in pounds per...

Sheet Metal Casings and Plenums

Chapter #8 – Sheet Metal Casings and Plenums There are projects that will require large plenums or casings, such as in built up system where...

Sheet Metal Joints

Chapter #6 - Sheet Metal Joints Rectangular Duct Joints TDC - Transverse Duct Connector (SMACNA T-25A) This traverse duct connector is fabricated from the same piece of...

Sheet Metal Seams

Chapter #6 – Sheet Metal Seams Seams run longitudinal along the length of the duct run, while joints run transverse (across). Seams run parallel to...

Sheet Metal Plasma Cutter

Chapter #4 – Sheet Metal Plasma Cutter A plasma cutter is a large table where a piece of sheet metal is cut to make a...

SHEET METAL FIELD

Construction Drawings

Construction Job Walk Basics 101

If the project is new construction, then there won’t be much to see except where the proposed building will be set on the lot...

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Construction Job Walk Basics 101

If the project is new construction, then there won’t be much to see except where the proposed building will be set on the lot...

Sheet Metal Takeoff – Test 3

In the next two test you will be required to measure the lengths of the ductwork using the bar scale shown on each drawing....

Sheet Metal Takeoff – Test 2

Riser Ductwork #1 In the following series of test there will be no numbered items given. It will be up to you to determine what...

Sheet Metal Takeoff – Test 1

VAV Low Side Ductwork #1 In the following series of test there will be no numbered items given. It will be up to you to...

ESTIMATING SPREADSHEETS

If the project is new construction, then there won’t be much to see except where the proposed building will be set on the lot...

HVAC Piping

Conditions Affecting Field Labor

Chapter #11 – Conditions Affecting Field Labor There are many factors that affect the cost of installing the sheet metal and HVAC equipment in a...

Field Labor Crew Sizes

Chapter #5 – Field Labor Crew Sizes The size of your labor crew depends on the project schedule, the amount of work required to be...

HVAC Equipment Labor

Chapter #12 - HVAC Equipment Labor There are several sources for equipment labor values. But none is better than the contractors own historical data of...

Estimating

How to Read the Specifications

https://youtu.be/J1qnbg8jdm8 When bidding on a plan and specification project designed by a third party engineer, it’s imperative to read through the specifications for those items...

MEP Estimating Software

If you are looking for Construction Estimating Software, the choices are many. I have personally been involved in overseeing an estimating group of 20...

Sheet Metal Material and Labor Databases

Labor Databases A labor database contains units of labor for each task that is required for a particular project. If you are installing sheet metal...

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