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Residential Wire Pro 3.0 Software - Draw Detailed Electrical Floor Plans and more!

BNI Electrical Costbook 2015

New!BNI Electrical Costbook 2015 -

Now you can quickly and easily estimate the cost of all types of electrical projects involving new construction and renovations in both commerical and residential buildings.

  • Material costs for thousands of items based on current national averages (including allowances for transport, handling and storage).
  • Labor costs based on the prevailing rates for each trade and type of work, PLUS man-hour tables tied to each unit costs, so you can clearly see exactly how the labor cost was calcuated and make any necessary adjustments.
  • Equipment costs -- including rental and operating costs.
  • Square-foot tables based on the cost-per-square-foot of hundreds of actual projects -- invaluable data for quick, ballpark estimates. - more

BNI Mechanical Electrical Costbook 2015

New!BNI Mechanical Electrical Costbook 2015 -

This costbook puts thousands of current, reliable mechanical and electrical costs at your fingertips, so you can estimate quickly and accurately.

All of the data is organized according to the industry standard the CSI MASTERFORMAT so you can find everything you need fast.

What's more, Geographic Modifiers allow you to tailor your estimates to specific areas of the country. Every cost item has been carefully researched and updated.

Over 14,000 unit prices are broken down into material and labor costs, and complete man-hour tables provide maximum coverage and flexibility. - more

BNI National Electrical Code Costbook 2015

NEW!BNI National Electrical Code Costbook 2015 -

by BNi Building News & NFPA

Fast, Easy and Accurate Estimates for all types of Electrical Construction.

From residential remodeling to new commercial construction, the National Electrical Code Costbook has it all. It puts at your fingertips a wealth of accurate, up-to-date cost data that makes it easier than ever to estimate the cost of electrical work.

The National Electrical Code Costbook 2015 provides detailed cost data for a wide range of electrical components including wireways, conduit, boxes, conductors, cabling, utility poles and fittings, transformers, safety switches, panelboards and much more.

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Construction Estimating
Book w/ CD-ROM
New!Construction Estimating, 2E

Construction Estimating is a comprehensive introduction to estimating practices used in the construction industry.

This new edition of Construction Estimating provides a comprehensive introduction to the estimating practices used in the construction industry. The textbook not only covers how to develop estimates, but also provides a guide to information on drawings and in specifications.

Building Information Modeling (BIM) has been added throughout. BIM covers geometry, spatial relationships, light analysis, geographic information, and quantities and properties of building components.

The Sage Timberline Office Estimating Products CD-ROM provided with the textbook includes a demonstration release of the Sage Timberline Office estimating Extended Edition. - more

Construction Master Pro Desktop Model

$89.95 $79.95

New!Construction Master Pro Desktop Model -

Advanced Feet-Inch-Fraction Construction-Math Calculator With Full Trigonometric Function for Contractors, Architects, Builders, Engineers, Project Managers, Estimators & Draftspersons

The Construction Master Pro Desktop is the most complete construction-math calculator on the market!  With many powerful new built-in solutions and expanded preference selection; it’s easy to use for fast, accurate solutions to construction problems. 

Perfect for completing layouts, bids and estimates – saves time, money, materials and frustration.  No office should be without it. - more

Johnson laser levels, spirit levels, construction measuring and marking tools - JobSite Tough Since 1947

Contractor's Guide to Change Orders

Contractor's Guide to Change Orders -


With this expanded new edition of Contractor's Guide to Change Orders in hand, contractors working on projects of any size - from remodeling jobs to skyscrapers - will have all the ammunition needed to:

  • Keep hidden construction delays and expenses from draining profit. (Only a fraction of chargeable amounts are ever identified by the owner or architects involved.)
  • Identify trouble spots in the contract, plans, specifications and site that are likely to result in added costs or delays.
  • Find, document and negotiate payment for every added delay and expense that slips past your "early warning system."
  • Negotiate and resolve change order disputes at every level so you are always a step ahead. - more
  • Contractor's Guide to Quickbooks 2015

    New!Contractor's Guide to Quickbooks 2015 -

    Step-By-Step Instructions for setting up Quickbooks 2015 for your Construction Company!

    QuickBooks can save you hours of time in keeping your books and keeping track of your finances. But setting up the new 2015 QuickBooks can be complex and time-consuming.

    Contractor's Guide to QuickBooks 2015 will walk you step-by-step through QuickBooks' detailed setup procedure and then explain item-by-item how you should be using QuickBooks every day. In days, rather than weeks, you'll create a first-rate accounting system that's an asset to your company.

    Here you'll find simple, well-illustrated instructions for customizing the setup for QuickBooks 2015, including what each screen on your monitor should look like. This manual explains every choice you need to make and every button you need to click on. Includes a link to download a free QuickBooks 2015 file preconfigured for a construction company. - more

    Construction Contract Writer

    New!Construction Contract Writer (Any State) -

    Writing contracts that comply with law in your state isn't easy. A contract that doesn't comply could leave you with no way to collect. You need contracts that:

    • Fit your jobs exactly.
    • Anticipate the most likely disputes.
    • Resolve key issues in your favor.
    • Protects you by complying with your states requirements.

    Construction Contract Writer has you covered. You don't need any legal experience -- just answer the program's interview questions. And if you get stuck, click the ""Get Help From an Attorney"" button. You'll have an answer in 24 hours. No charge. No limit. - more

    DEWALT Contractor's Forms & Letters
    $39.95 $24.95

    NEW!DEWALT Contractor's Forms & Letters -

    The most comprehensive contractor’s forms and letters reference available comes with a CD-ROM that allows users to easily and effectively manage every area of their contracting business!

    This extraordinary CD resource contains a user-friendly interface in which all of the forms and letters are easy to find and utilize in both Microsoft Word and Excel formats.

    Together, the book and CD provide over 150 of the most useful forms and letters available on topics such as general company and staff communications, customer correspondence, accounting notices, and more

    DEWALT Electrical Estimating Professional Reference
    DEWALT Electrical Estimating Professional Reference, 2E -

    The Reference Guide for Professional Electrical Estimating

    The DEWALT Electrical Estimating Professional Reference Second Edition is a practical guide for electricians to successfully estimate and bid jobs anywhere.

    Based on real-life experience from the angle of a professional electrical estimator, this detailed book covers every step of the process from pre-bid to the contract being awarded, and everything in between.

    This reference guide is the perfect tool for professional building and technical trade contractors, service technicians, maintenance personnel, plant managers, engineers, designers, and architects.  - more

    DM S50L Sonic Measure w/ Laser Targeting
    Out of Stock

    DM S50L Sonic Measure w/ Laser Targeting -

    DM S50L measures interior room dimensions up to 50 feet (15 m) and includes Zircon’s exclusive laser targeting to ensure accuracy.

    Point the laser to the far wall, click the READ button, and the distance appears on the easy-to-read LCD screen in feet and inches or metric units.

    DM S50L automatically measures length and calculates area, volume, and double segments. Easy-to-follow, on-screen graphics prompt users through functions for length, area, and volume measurements.

    Laser targeting pattern shows the area of the cone-shaped sonic beam for more accurate measurement positioning. - more

    ElectriCalc Pro

    $99.95 $69.95

    New!ElectriCalc Pro Electrical Calculator - Updated to the 2014 NEC!

    ElectriCalc Pro with FREE Armadillo CaseElectrical Contractors, Designers, Electricians and Lighting Specialists solve tough electrical calculations in seconds and deliver those solutions in conformance with the latest NEC®.  Saves time, reduces material cost and eliminates code violations on electrical design, estimating and construction jobs. The ElectriCalc® Pro is a complete electrical reference tool that will save time, trouble and money. 

    Compliant with 2014, 2011, 2008, 2005, 2002, 1999, 1996 NEC® and updateable for future code revisions. Complete wire sizing, integrated voltage drops solutions and conduit sizing solutions: finds motor full-loads, computes fuse and breaker sizes and size overload protection.

    Includes FREE Armadillo Gear™ protective Hard Case.

    Upgrade your older ElectriCalc with the NEC UPGRADE KIT  - more info

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    Electrical Contractors' Business Forms Book
    New!Electrical Contractors' Business Forms Book -

    40+ Essential Forms at your Fingertips!

    • Accounting Forms
    • Business Forms
    • Contract Forms
    • Estimating Forms
    • Field Forms
    The Electrical Contractors' Business Forms Book is loaded with essential forms created just for the electrical industry.

    With 2 copies of each form, you'll have all you need to efficiently run your Electrical business. - more

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    Electrical Contractors' Business Forms CD-ROM

    New!Electrical Contractors' Business Forms CD-ROM -

    The Electrical Contractors' Business Forms CD-ROM is loaded with essential forms created just for the electrical industry.

    These forms will help ensure that your business transactions always look professional and organized.

    Available in both Adobe PDF and Microsoft Word format, you can fully customize each of the over 40 forms for quick and polished documents every time. - more info

    NJATC Electrical Field Reference Handbook
    Electrical Field Reference Handbook - NJATC -

    Developed as a handy, easy-to-use resource for electrical estimators, contractors, electricians, and apprentices, the Electrical Field Reference Handbook is the ultimate desk and field reference.

    Now updated to the National Electrical Code® 2008, it covers the most frequently used on-the-job information, such as: standard symbols for blueprints, drawings, and instrumentation, key formulas and calculations, common NEC® 2008 tables, motor and transformer calculations, and more.

    A section devoted to first aid and OSHA safety standards demonstrates the book's commitment not only to accuracy and currency, but also to safety.  more.

    Estimating & Bidding for Builders & Remodelers

    Estimating & Bidding for Builders & Remodelers -

    Here is all the information you need for estimating and bidding construction and home improvement projects.

    Guaranteed to improve your estimating skill and bidding results: What to look for in the plans. How to scope out the last 5% of job costs. Immunize yourself against common estimating mistakes.

    Explains what you need for a career as a construction estimator, how to construct a take-off from the plans, how to check the details of an estimate, prepare a schedule, deal with subs, and calculate project overhead and profit.

    Includes the National Estimator stand-alone estimating program with a 50,000 item database for residential, commercial, and home improvement work. - more

    Estimating Electrical Construction Revised
    New!Estimating Electrical Construction Revised -

    Step-by-Step Procedures for Manual and Computerized Electrical Estimating.

    Explains how to create a reliable estimate for Residential, Commercial or Light Industrial Construction - from essential preliminaries to submitting the final Bid.

    Every aspect of Electrical Estimating is covered - from plan take-off, to labor units, to material pricing, to assembly of the bid summary. Includes practical examples and sample forms to use on your jobs.

    Like taking a class in how to estimate materials and labor for residential and commercial electrical construction. A complete estimate for a commercial building is included, starting with the scope of work, the materials and equipment to use, installation requirements and a complete set of plans for the electrical system. - more

    Estimating with Microsoft Excel

    Estimating with Microsoft Excel, 3E - Unlocking the Power for Home Builders

    Create your own Customized Estimating Program!

    Most builders estimate with Excel because it's easy to learn, quick to use, and can be customized to your style of estimating. Here you'll find step-by-step how to create your own customized automated spreadsheet estimating program for use with Excel 2007.

    You'll learn how to use the magic of Excel in creating detail sheets, cost breakdown summaries, and linking. You'll put this all to use in estimating concrete, rebar, permit fees, and roofing. You can even create your own macros.

    Includes a CD-ROM that illustrates examples in the book and provides you with templates you can use to set up your own estimating system. - more

    Laser Dimension Master II

    New!Laser Dimension Master II -

    Ultrasonic Distance Measurer With Laser-Pointer-- Helps You See Exactly Where You're Measuring!

    Real Estate Agents/Brokers, Contractors/Builders, Interior Designers, Remodelers, Estimators, Do-It-Yourselfers--Anyone Who Takes Interior or Room Measurements

    Forget the cumbersome tape measure! Use the Laser Dimension Master to measure interior distances with the press of a button!

    Aim & shoot for an instant digital readout. Measure with 99% accuracy up to 50 feet. Carry it in your pocket or briefcase, in the office or out in the field. - more

    Markup & Profit: A Contractor's Guide - Revisited

    New!Markup & Profit: A Contractor's Guide - Revisited -

    At last, a book on how to figure the right markup for a construction company!

    In this guide, Michael Stone, a highly-successful contractor, lecturer and consultant, explains the importance of setting your own markup - and not just picking a markup figure that someone else uses, or a number you found in an estimating book!

    He writes in simple layman's language and includes examples, formulas and sample problems to help you. When you've read this book, you'll thoroughly understand what markup is and how to arrive at it.

    And just as important, you'll know how and why you should apply it to your job costs to arrive at the right sales price for your work. And that's the secret to success in this industry. - more

    Craftsman National Electrical Estimator 2015

    New!National Electrical Estimator 2015 -

    Current Labor and Material Cost Estimates for Residential, Commercial and Industrial Work

    This year's prices for installation of all common electrical work: conduit, wire, boxes, fixtures, switches, outlets, loadcenters, panelboards, raceway, duct, signal systems, and more. Provides material costs, manhours per unit, and total installed cost. Explains what you should know to estimate each part of an electrical system.

    The Book Includes a FREE Download Certificate for an electronic version of the book with National Estimator, a stand-alone Windows estimating program. An interactive multimedia video that shows how to use the software to compile construction cost estimates is also available online. - more

    Also See >> Labor & Material Cost Guides

    Prexiso X2 Laser Distance Measurer
    $119.95 $99.95

    New!Prexiso X2 Laser Distance Measurer -

    True Laser Measuring – Easy to Use, Fast and Precise

    Measures to 100-feet with accuracy of 1/8-Inch or better over the entire range

    The PREXISO X2 is a one-person laser measuring tool for distances, areas and volumes. It is easier and faster to use than a tape measure, and more accurate than ultrasonic measures.

    Quick, accurate measurements will help you make accurate material estimates, which will save you time and money. - more

    Johnson laser levels, spirit levels, construction measuring and marking tools - JobSite Tough Since 1947

    Residential Integrator's Project Management
    $66.95 $59.95

    New!Residential Integrator's Project Management -

    From operations turnover and document review to critical path analysis and the final project schedule, this complete guide to the management of residential integration projects breaks the planning down to eight basic steps.

    Comprehensive coverage features detailed job descriptions for each member of the team, from project manager and lead installer to basic installer and technician.

    Readers will learn how to define and estimate a project, develop a scope plan, write a scope statement, store project documents, and more as they develop a solid foundation for understanding project management in the context of the residential integration industry. - more

    Solar Power in Building Design
    $99.95 $89.95
    New!Solar Power in Building Design -

    Solar Power in Building Design is a complete guide to designing, implementing, and auditing energy-efficient, cost-effective solar power systems for residential, commercial, and industrial buildings.

    From basic theory through project planning, cost estimating, and manufacturing methods, this vital resource offers you everything needed for solar power design success.

    Filled with case studies and illustrations, this state-of-the-art design tool covers new solar technologies…design implementation techniques…energy conservation…the economics of solar power systems…passive solar heating power…and more

    Standard Estimating Practice, 9E

    New!Standard Estimating Practice, 9E -

    An invaluable "how to" reference manual on the practice of estimating construction projects - NEW LEED & BIM Estimating Sections

    The American Society of Professional Estimators' new Ninth Edition of Standard Estimating Practice is an invaluable "how to" reference manual on the practice of estimating construction projects. It includes basic information applicable to all aspects of estimating and also includes specific information on a wide variety of specialty estimates arranged in the CSI format.

    Standard Estimating Practice presents a standard set of practices and procedures proven to create consistent estimates. From the order of magnitude, to conceptual design, design development, construction documents, to the bid and the various types of contracts you'll run up against. Every step is covered in detail -- from specs and plan review to what to expect on bidding day. - more

    Sweets Unit Cost Guide 2014

    New!Sweets Unit Cost Guide 2014 -

    McGraw-Hill Construction Sweets Unit Cost Guide 2014 from BNi Building News and McGraw-Hill Construction gives you more value and better data than any similar guide available.

    With this valuable resource, you'll be able to accurately calculate overhead, profit, and productivity rates. A handy geographical conversion table is included for adjusting local costs.

    2014 Sweets Unit Cost Guide provides contractors, architects, engineers, and all other building professionals the highest available level of precision in predicting unit costs for:

    Demolition, Sitework, Concrete & Masonry, Metals, Woods & Plastics, Thermal & Moisture Protection, Doors & Windows, Finishes, Specialties, Equipment, Furnishings, Special Construction, Conveying Systems, Mechanical Systems, Electrical Systems..  - more

    more >> Labor & Material Cost Guides
    Residential WirePro - Create Electrical Wiring Floorplans & more!
    Residential WirePro - Create Professional Residential Electrical Wiring Floorplans & more!

    NEW! - Create Professional Residential Electrical and Structured Wiring Diagrams / Floorplans - more


    Scale Master Pro

    $69.95 $59.95

    Scale Master ProScale Master Pro -

    NEW, Improved Affordable Plan Measuring Tool!

    The new ergonomic design of the affordable Scale Master® Pro makes it comfortable to hold, and the dual LCD displays make it much easier to read.

    Get fast, accurate Linear, Area and Volume takeoffs from blueprints, drawings and maps. It features 72 built-in scales – 6 custom scales and 2 built-in memories. Quickly switch between Metric and Imperial Modes.  A Lock switch prevents accidental changes of scale or mode.

    An ideal tool for preparing bids and estimates from plans and blueprints in the field or office. - more



    Scale Master Pro XE
    PC Interface Kit


    $149.95 $99.95

    Scale Master Pro XE/PC Interface Combo PackScale Master Pro XE w/ PC Interface -

    The included PC Interface cable lets you transfer rolled values from the Scale Master® Pro XE directly into commonly used spreadsheets or estimating programs, saving countless keystrokes, saving time and reducing the potential for costly transcribing errors.

    For: Contractors, Estimators, Engineers, Landscapers, Pipeline Builders, Excavators, Concrete Contractors, Electrical Contractors, Plumbers, HVAC, Fencing Specialists, Telecommunications, Cable System Contractors, Pavers or anyone needing fast, accurate takeoffs from plans or blueprints.  - more



    Scale Master Pro XE

    $99.95  $74.95

    Scale Master Pro XEScale Master Pro XE -

    Portable, Digital Take-Off Tool With 91 Built-in Scales & PC Interface - For Construction Estimators, Contractors or Anyone Who Works with Blueprints.

    The recently updated Scale Master® Pro XE makes it easy to do Linear, Area and Volume takeoffs with speed, accuracy and confidence when estimating, bidding or planning.  - more


    PlanWheel SA2
    $64.95 $59.95

    PlanWheel SA2Scalex PlanWheel SA2 -
    The PlanWheel SA2 is the perfect tool for taking scaled measurements from blueprints, maps and plans. Just select the built-in scale factor to match the plan and roll the PlanWheel. The measurement is displayed instantly. This stand-alone version offers all the same great features of the PlanWheel XLU3 without the computer interface option. - more

    PlanWheel XLU3
    $84.95 $79.95

    PlanWheel XLU3Scalex PlanWheel XLU3 -

    Just select the built-in scale factor to match the plan and roll the PlanWheel XLU3. The measurement is displayed instantly. PlanWheel XLU3 can be used Stand-Alone, or with your computer using XLU3 Interface kit (sold separately). - more


    Scale-Link USB
    $124.95 $109.95

    Scale-Link USB KitScale-Link USB -

    The industry standard take-off tool for entering linear measurements from your blueprints, maps, or plans into any Windows program. Just roll the scaler wheel along your print, then click to instantly transfer the measurement into your program. Scale-Link USB  includes the scaler wheel, connecting cable and transfer software. - more


    Scale-Link Wireless

    Ships FREE to 48 states!
    Scale-Link Wireless PlanWheelScale-Link Wireless PlanWheel -

    The "First-Ever" Wireless Plan Wheel!  Scale-Link Wireless PlanWheel lets you scale dimensions into your PC up to 25 feet away!  
    111 of the most common Architectural, Engineering, Map and Metric scale-factors built in. - Thousands of available user-defined scale-factors - Calculate auto-scale factors from reduced, enlarged or odd-scale drawings - Create any custom scale-factors for reduced, enlarged or unknown scale prints - Create, store and retrieve 2 user-defined scale factors... - more


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