The Construction News Volume 36

The Construction News Volume 36

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1913 edition. Excerpt: ...C011tractor who submits a proposal $5,000 in traveling expenses and the labor of estimators. Say there are eight contractors figuring on the work. This means that through a lack of confidence, which has been created in the public mind by a lack of definite knowledge, a debt of $40,000 has been ac-. cumiilated, which society, somewhere, somehow, must pay. Vith smaller building projects the cost of making estimates is very mtich higher in percentage double in some cases, and when we consider all the estimating of all the building of the United States in a year, the amount expended in both money and effort, in order that the owner may know the lowest market price, is a gigantic total and a frightful economic waste. It has only been within the last few years that there has been any organized effort among building contractors to determine absolutely costs in the detailed operations of building, and with the same certainty and accuracy that the typewriter, adding machine, automobile, and lowprice watch manufacturers know their detailed costs. This organized effort for cost finding has only been with the very large contracting organizations, and is of little value because they have the unfair competition of those who do not know their costs. The average contractor in the average city has no definite knowledge of the cost of a cubic foot of brick work, a square of floor, a yard of plastering or the average cost of putting on inside trim, fitting sash and hanging doors. The average knowledge of building costs is inherited--the present generation got their present basis of prices from their fathers or their former employers under whom they learned their trades. These prices have been increased in percentages from time to time as material and more

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  • Paperback | 780 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 39mm | 1,365g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236901959
  • 9781236901958