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2011 National Plumbing & HVAC Estimator



By: James A. Thomson
Published by: Craftsman Book Company
ISBN: 978-1-57218-248-6
424 Pages, 8-1/2 x 11
Book with CD-ROM 

Manhours, labor and material costs for all common plumbing and HVAC work in residential, commercial, and industrial buildings. You can quickly work up a reliable estimate based on the pipe, fittings and equipment required.

Every plumbing and HVAC estimator can use the cost estimates in this practical manual. Sample estimating and bidding forms and contracts also included. Explains how to handle change orders, letters of intent, and warranties. Describes the right way to process submittals, deal with suppliers and subcontract specialty work.

New costs added to this 2011 edition include: costs for ASME "H" or "U" stamped, LFUE certified 90% or better green certified boilers, costs for emmission sensing and recording equipment for boilers, costs for self-contained roof-top DX air conditioning units, costs for heat recovery ventilators, roof exhaust fans, makeup air units, ventilation exhausters, energy-effecient exhauster arrays, air balance software, LEED certified boilers, residential heat pumps, LEED certified geothermal heat pumps, LEED certified residential HVAC, LEED certified air to air heat pumps, and much more.

Includes a CD-ROM with an electronic version of the book with National Estimator, a stand-alone Windows estimating program, plus an interactive multimedia video that shows how to use the disk to compile construction cost estimates. Revised annually.

Included with National Estimator CD-ROM:

  • Job Cost Wizard – turns estimates into invoices and exports both in QuickBooks
  • Free Online Technical Support – for the National Estimator Software
  • Free Monthly National Estimator Updates – Updates to the 2011 costbooks and zip code modification factors are updated monthly. Monthly price updates on the Web are free and automatic all during 2011. You'll be prompted when it's time to collect the next update. A connection to the Web is required.

  • The National Estimator System Requirements:

    • Operating Systems:
      • Windows 7, Vista or XP. Note: Windows 7 and Vista 64-bit now supported.
    • PC with 1 gigahertz (GHz) or higher Intel (or equivalent) processor recommended.
    • Requires up to 160 megabytes (MB) of hard disk space.
    • 512 MB system memory.
    • 1024 x 768 or higher video resolution, video adapter and monitor.
    • CD-ROM or DVD drive.
    • To listen to video tutorial - Sound card and speakers or headphones.
    • DSL or Cable internet connection is recommended for automatic updates and other optional program features.

    2011 NATIONAL PLUMBING & HVAC ESTIMATOR - by James A. Thomson

    Manhours, Labor and Material Costs for Residential, Commercial and Industrial Plumbing, Heating, Ventilating & Air Conditioning

  • ABS Drain, Waste and Vent Piping - Pipe, Bends, Fittings, Hangers, Sleeves and Flashing
  • Boiler Accessories - Chemical Feed Pumps, Combustion Controls, Condensate Receivers, Deaerator/Condensers,
        Feedwater Pumps, Heat Recovery Systems, Refractory, Stacks, Trim, and Water Treatment Systems
  • Carbon Steel Piping - Threaded, Butt-Welded and Roll-Grooved Pipe, Fittings, Valves and Hangers
  • Cast Iron DWV Piping - Gasketed Pipe and No-Hub Service Weight Pipe and Fittings
  • Copper DWV Piping - Pipe and Fittings with Soft-Soldered Joints, Hangers and Clamps
  • Brazed Copper Type K, L & M Piping - Hard-Drawn Pipe with Wrought Copper Fittings and Valves
  • Soft Soldered Copper Type K, L & M Piping - Hard-Drawn Pipe with Wrought Copper Fittings
  • Polypropylene Schedule 40 DWV Piping - Pipe with Heat Fusioned Joints, Hangers and Sleeves
  • PVC Schedule 40 & 80 Piping - Pipe with Solvent-Welded Fittings, Valves, Hangers and Clamps
  • PVC Sewer Piping - Bell & Spigot with Elastomeric Gasketed Joints and Fittings
  • Plumbing & Piping Specialties - Access Doors, Vents, Flanges, Valves, Indicators, Gauges
  • Plumbing Equipment - Bathtubs, Interceptors, Sinks, Pumps, Showers and Water Closets
  • Kitchen Equipment Connections - For Heaters, Disposers, Gas Appliances, Indirect Waste
  • Galvanized Steel Ductwork - Spiral and Rectangular, Including Fabrication and Installation
  • Fiberglass Ductwork - Fabrication and Installation of Both Duct Board and Flexible Duct
  • Ductwork Specialties - Supply Registers, Return Air Grilles, Ceiling Diffusers and Dampers
  • HVAC Equipment - Package Units, Boilers, Blowers, Cooling Towers, Fans, Coils, Pumps
  • Thermal Insulation - Pipe Wrap, Duct Board and Blanket Insulation and Duct Lining

    If you need to estimate the cost of plumbing or HVAC systems, this book will be your most reliable guide to figuring the time required for installation and the labor and material cost. You get the in-place cost for all common plumbing and HVAC work in residential, commercial and industrial buildings. Plumbing and HVAC estimators will also appreciate the sample forms, contracts and practical procedures included in this manual. .

    Free Estimating Disk Enclosed
    Inside the back cover of this book you'll find National Estimator, a CD-ROM with all the cost estimates in the book plus an easy-to-use estimating program for Windows™. National Estimator works just like a book. Page through the entire book one screen at a time or use the electronic index to search (in seconds) for what you need. Then select the cost estimates you want and copy them to your estimate with the touch of a key. It's quick and easy (costs are extended and columns totaled automatically). And you can change any price or quantity, including subtotals, and add the markup of your choice.

    Monthly price updates on the Web are FREE and automatic all during 2011

    Job Cost Wizard
    Turns estimates into invoices and exports to QuickBooks Pro.

    Export entire estimates or invoices to track job costs for each item or category in your estimate. Then compare estimated and actual costs for each part of any job. Handles progressive billing (invoices for each phase of the job) with QuickBooks Pro.
    Requires Windows XP, or higher.

  • Contents

    How to Use This Book, 5

    Plumbing Equipment
    Domestic Hot Water Heater, 19
    Water Softeners, 22
    Kitchen Equipment, 25
    Kitchen Equipment Connections, 26
    Plumbing Fixtures, 27
    Plumbing Fixture Rough-In, 31

    Piping Systems
    Copper Pipe, Type K with Brazed Joints, 33
    Copper Pipe, Type K with Soft-Soldered Joints, 43
    Copper Pipe, Type L with Brazed Joints, 53
    Copper Pipe, Type L with Soft-Soldered Joints, 62
    Copper Pipe, Type M with Brazed Joints, 71
    Copper Pipe, Type M with Soft-Soldered Joints, 80
    Copper Pipe, Type K & L with Roll Grooved Joints, 89
    PVC, Schedule 40, with Solvent-Weld Joints, 91
    PVC, Schedule 80, with Solvent-Weld Joints, 101
    Polyethylene-Aluminum Pipe with Crimped Joints, 111
    Polyethylene-Aluminum Pipe with Compression Joints, 116
    Plumbing and Piping Specialties, 119
    Cast Iron, DWV, Service Weight, No-Hub with Coupled Joints, 135
    Cast Iron, DWV, Service Weight, Hub & Spigot with Gasketed Joints, 141
    Copper, DWV, with Soft-Soldered Joints, 146
    ABS, DWV with Solvent-Weld Joints, 150
    PVC, DWV with Solvent-Weld Joints, 154
    PVC, DWV with Gasketed Bell and Spigot Joints, 159
    Polypropylene, Schedule 40, with Heat-Fusioned Joints, 164

    Floor, Area, Roof and Planter Drains, 168
    Cleanouts, 169

    Fire Protection
    Fire Protection Sprinklers, 170
    Fire Protection Equipment, 174
    Fire Protection Sprinkler Pipe and Fittings (Roll Grooved), 176
    Fire Protection Branch Pipe and Fittings, 180
    Fire Protection Sprinkler Pipe and Fittings (CPVC), 183

    HVAC Equipment
    Commercial Boilers, 185
    Commercial Boiler Connections, 190
    Commercial Boiler Components and Accessories, 192
    Centrifugal Pumps and Pump Connections, 203
    Heat Exchangers and Connections, 204
    Fan Coil Units and Connections, 205
    Reheat Coils and Connections, 206
    Unit Heaters and Connections, 207
    Chillers and Chiller Connections, 208
    Condensing Units and Cooling Towers, 209
    Cooling Towers and Cooling Tower Connections, 210

    Steel Piping Systems
    Carbon Steel, Schedule 40 with 150# Fittings & Butt-Welded Joints, 211
    Carbon Steel, Schedule 40 with 150# M.I. Fittings & Threaded Joints, 220
    Carbon Steel, Schedule 5 with Pressfit Fittings, 231
    Carbon Steel, Schedule 80 with 300# Fittings & Butt-Welded Joints, 234
    Carbon Steel, Schedule 80 with 300# Fittings & Threaded Joints, 244
    Carbon Steel, Schedule 160 with 3,000-6,000# Fittings, 252
    Carbon Steel, Schedule 40 with Roll-Grooved Joints, 263
    Carbon Steel, Schedule 10 with Roll-Grooved Joints, 270
    Carbon Steel, Schedule 40 with Cut-Grooved Joints, 277

    Residential HVAC Assemblies, 283
    Air Handling Units, 287
    Heat Recovery Ventilators - Commercial, 288
    Heat Recovery Ventilators - Residential, 289
    Water Coil Piping, 291
    Air Handling Unit Coil Connections, 294
    Gas Fired Furnaces, 296
    Wall Furnaces, 297
    Unit Heaters, 298
    Infrared Heaters, 299
    Heat Pump Systems, 300
    Water Pump Systems, 301
    Geothermal/Domestic Water Wells, 311
    Biomass-Fired Boilers, 314
    Fans and Blowers, 319
    Ventilators and Residential Exhaust Fans, 321
    Apparatus Housings, 326
    Air Devices, Registers & Grilles, 328
    Air Devices, Diffusers & Grilles, 329
    Terminal Units (VAV), 332

    Ducting Systems
    Ductwork Specialties, 334
    Galvanized Steel Ductwork, 339
    Installed Ductwork Per Pound, 341
    Galvanized Steel Spiral Ductwork, 343
    Galvanized Steel Round Spiral Fittings, 344
    Galvanized Steel Rectangular Ductwork, 346
    Galvanized Steel Rectangular 90 Degree Elbows, 348
    Galvanized Steel Spiral Duct, 351
    Galvanized Steel Spiral Duct Fittings, 353
    Galvanized Steel Spiral Tees, 355
    Galvanized Steel Spiral Crosses, 361
    Galvanized Steel Rectangular Ductwork, 363
    Galvanized Steel Rectangular Elbows, 376
    Galvanized Steel Drops and Tees, 386
    Galvanized Steel Round Ductwork, 389
    Fiberglass Ductwork, 390

    Fiberglass Pipe Insulation, 392
    Calcium Silicate Pipe Insulation with Aluminum Jacket, 394
    Closed Cell Elastomeric Pipe Insulation, 395
    Thermal Duct Insulation, 396
    Balancing of HVAC Systems, 397
    Temperature Controls, 400

    Ductile Iron Pipe Systems

    Ductile Iron, Class 153, Cement-Lined with Mechanical Joints, 402
    Ductile Iron, Class 153, Double Cement-Lined with Mechanical Joints, 404
    Ductile Iron, Class 110, Cement-Lined with Mechanical Joints, 406

    Cast Iron, Class 150 with Mechanical Joints, 407
    Asbestos-Cement, Class 2400 or 3000 with Mechanical Joints, 408
    Fiberglass Tanks, 410
    Plastic Tanks, 411
    Trenching, 413
    Equipment Rental, 415
    Close-Out Items, 416
    HVAC & Plumbing Demolition, 417

    Budget Estimating, 431

    Forms and Letters, 433
    Change Estimates, 433
    Subcontract Forms, 442
    Purchase Orders, 446
    Construction Schedules, 448
    Letters of Intent, 451
    Submittal Data, 453
    Billing Breakdown Worksheet, 456
    Monthly Progress Billing, 458
    Warranty Letters, 460

    Index, 462


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