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Acknowledgments. Introduction. Part 1 - The Estimating Process. Chapter 1: Guidelines for Estimating. Chapter 2: Types of Estimates. Order of Magnitude Estimates. Square Foot & Cubic Foot Estimates. Assemblies (or Systems) Estimates. Unit Price Estimates. Scheduling Estimate. Chapter 3: Before Starting the Estimate. Chapter 4: The Quantity Takeoff. Summary. Chapter 5: Pricing the Estimate. Sources of Cost Information. Types of Costs. Chapter 6: Direct Costs. Material. Labor. Equipment. Subcontractors. Project Overhead. Bonds. Sales Tax. Chapter 7: Indirect Costs. Taxes & Insurance. Office or Operating Overhead. Profit. Contingencies. Chapter 8: The Estimate Summary. Chapter 9: Pre-Bid Scheduling. Chapter 10: Bidding Strategies. Resource Analysis. Market Analysis. Maximizing the Profit-to-Volume Ratio. Chapter 11: Cost Control & Analysis. Productivity & Efficiency. Overtime Impact. Retainage & Cash Flow. Life Cycle Costs. Chapter 12: Estimating Considerations for Historic Buildings. Labor Considerations. Specifications. Installation. Part 2 - Components of Mechanical Systems. Chapter 13: Piping. Steel Pipe. Screwed Fittings & Flanges for Steel Pipe. Steel Weld Fittings & Flanges. Grip Type Mechanical Joint Fittings. Cast-Iron Pipe. Cast-Iron Soil Pipe Fittings. Copper Pipe & Tubing. Copper Fittings & Flanges. Plastic Pipe & Tubing. Fittings for Plastic Pipe & Tubing. Pre-Insulated Pipe or Conduit. Valves. Pipe Hangers & Supports. Chapter 14: Pumps. Chapter 15: Plumbing Systems. Fixtures & Appliances. Drains & Carriers. Chapter 16: Fire Protection. Standpipe Systems. Sprinkler Systems. Chemical, Foam, & Gas Fire Suppression. Chapter 17: Heating, Ventilating, & Air Conditioning. Heating Boilers. Hydronic Terminal Units. Chillers & Hydronic Cooling. Air-Handling Equipment. Fans & Gravity Ventilators. Chapter 18: Ductwork. Chapter 19: Insulation. Chapter 20: Automatic Temperature Controls. Chapter 21: Supports, Anchors, & Guides. Part 3 - Sample Estimates. Chapter 22: Using Means Mechanical & Plumbing Cost Data. Format & Data. Unit Price Costs. Assemblies Cost Tables. Estimating References. City Cost Indexes. Chapter 23: Square Foot & Systems Estimating Examples. Project Description. Square Foot Estimating Example. Systems Estimating Example. The Estimate Summary. Chapter 24: Unit Price Estimating Example. Project Description. Getting Started. Plumbing. Fire Protection. Heating, Ventilating, & Air Conditioning. Summarizing the Unit Price Estimate. Appendix. Index.

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Melville Mossman and Carl W. Linde are the authors of Means Mechanical Estimating Methods: Takeoff & Pricing for HVAC & Plumbing, Updated 4th Edition, published by Wiley.

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