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National Framing & Finish Carpentry Estimator

By: Dan Atcheson (there will be no printed version)

Updated Framing & Finishing Carpentry Costs are available on CD Estimator

Current labor and material prices for thousands of framing and finish carpentry items.

Step-by-step instructions for estimating everything from the sill plate to the ridge board, including hundreds of helpful pictures, tables and illustrations.

Includes labor and material prices for installing practically all framing lumber, from girders to roof sheathing. Even includes hard-to-find demolition labor estimates.

Lists costs and manhours for finish carpentry such as ceiling sheathing, interior trim, molding, paneling, cabinets, countertops, hardwood flooring, wood stairways, and 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.

Manhours, Labor and Material Costs for Residential and Commercial Framing & Finish Carpentry Work

  • Carpentry Estimating Basics - Board Foot Conversion Factors, Calculating Lumber & Dress Waste
  • Floors - Posts, Girders, Joists, Foundation Plates, Floor Openings, Blocking & Cross Bridging, Subflooring
  • Walls - Plates, Studs, Corners, Door & Window Openings, Bracing, Wall Sheathing & Cladding
  • Ceilings - Joist Installation, Ceiling Backing, Lowered & Sloped Ceilings, Engineered Beams
  • Roofing - Slope & Area Calculation, Rafters, Interior Supports, Sheathing, Trusses, Attic Ventilation
  • Exterior Finish Carpentry - Windows, Doors, Fascia, Cornices, Porch Posts & Ceilings, Cupolas
  • Interior Finish Carpentry - Paneling, Molding, Door Hardware & Trim, Wood Flooring
  • Cabinets - Layout, Installation & Labor, Hardware, Drawers, Joints, Trim & Finish, Countertops
  • Wood Stairways - Configurations, Carriages, Stairway Openings, Treads & Risers, Main Stairways
  • Porches & Decks - Solid Floor Porches, Porch Columns, Balustrades & Railings, Elevated Decks
  • Demolition - Pre-Demolition Checklist, Removing Partitions, Flooring, Framing, Roof Covering
  • Remodeling & Repair - Adding Partitions, Window Repair & Replacement, Adding Floor & Ceiling Joists
  • If you need to estimate the cost of framing or finish carpentry, 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 framing or finish carpentry work in residential, commercial and industrial buildings. Carpentry estimators will also appreciate the explanations, figures and illustrations explaining practical procedures included in this manual.


    1, Estimating Framing and Finish Carpentry, 5
    This book works two ways, 6
    Labor costs and crews,10
    Area modification factors, 12

    2, Tools for Every Carpentry Estimator, 17
    The board foot, 17
    Lumber waste, 18
    Dress waste, 21

    3, The Floor System, 27
    Posts and girders, 27
    Floor joists, 33
    Subflooring, 40
    Cost estimates, 44
    Girders and beams, 44
    Foundation plates, 47
    Floor joists, 47
    Header joists, 57
    Blocking, 57
    Cross bridging, 60
    Floor sheathing, 61
    Floor adhesives, 64

    4, The Wall System, 65
    Plates, 65
    Studs, 68
    Wind bracing, 77
    Wall sheathing, 78
    Cost estimates, 89
    Stud walls, 89
    Wall openings, 95
    Gable studs, 151
    Corners and tees, 161
    Wall sheathing, 162
    Nailers and furring strips, 172

    5, The Ceiling System, 173
    Ceiling joists, 173
    Ceiling-finish nailers, 176
    Engineered ceiling beams, 180
    Cost estimates, 182
    Ceiling joists, 182

    6, The Roof System, 195
    Roof slope, 198
    Rafters, 199
    Interior roof supports, 210
    Roof sheathing, 211
    Attic ventilation, 216
    Trusses, 217
    Cost estimates, 224
    Rafters, 224
    Roof sheathing, 288
    Prefabricated trusses, 290

    7, Estimating Nail Quantities, 295
    Flooring nail quantities, 296
    Siding nail quantities, 301
    Roofing nail quantities, 303

    8, The Board-Foot-Per-Square-Foot (BFPSF) Method, 307

    9, Finish Carpentry, 309
    Windows, 309
    Exterior doors, 314
    Wall paneling, 324
    Wall molding, 326
    Interior doors, frames and trim, 330
    Kitchen cabinets, 339
    Countertops, 352
    Wood flooring, 355
    Cost estimates, 363
    Ceiling sheathing, 363
    Interior trim labor, 364
    Hardboard flooring, 366

    10, Wood Stairways, 369
    Stair carriages, 370
    Tread width and riser height, 372
    Estimating stairways, 377
    Cost estimates, 379
    Basement and main stairways, 379

    11, Porches and Decks, 383
    Solid floor porches, 383
    Decks, 385

    12, Pole and Timber Construction, 387
    Demolition and Remodeling, 389
    Before you begin, 389
    Removing a partition, 390
    Adding a partition, 391
    Cost estimates, 393
    Flooring and roof cover demolition, 393
    Wood framing demolition, 394
    Window repairs, 396
    Adding walls and joists, 397

    Index, 399

    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 2010 costbooks and zip code modification factors are updated monthly. Monthly price updates on the Web are free and automatic all during 2010. 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.

    Job Cost Wizard
    Turns estimates into invoices and exports both to QuickBooks. 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 part of the job) with QuickBooks Pro.

    Softcover -  408 Pages
    8-1/2 x 11 in.


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