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Takeoff and Estimating for Firestopping

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WWW.ONCENTER.COM O N - SCR EEN TA K EO FF A N D Q UICK BID FO R FIR ESTO PPIN G 1 Page On-Screen Takeoff and Quick Bid for Firestopping F i r e s t o p p i n g i s a h i g h l y t e c h n i c a l a n d i n t e g r a l d i s c i p l i n e o f t h e c o n s t r u c t i o n i n d u s t r y. F o r c o m p a n i e s i n t h i s t r a d e , t h e s u c c e s s o f a p r o j e c t i s o f t e n d e t e r m i n e d e v e n b e f o r e a c o m p a n y i s a w a r d e d t h e w o r k . I t a l l s t a r t s w i t h a h i g h - q u a l i t y b i d b u i l t o n t h e a c c u r a c y a n d t i m e l i n e s s o f a c o m p a n y 's t a k e o f f a n d e s t i m a t i o n p r o c e s s . F ire stopping is not a "be st ef for ts" trade. If f ire stopping installation va r ie s from the a rchite c tural a nd e ngine e r ing de signs a nd UL spe cif ic ations, or is not in c onfor ma nc e with the app rop r iate c e r tif ic ation listings, the applic able f ire ratings may be le s s tha n expe c te d a nd c ould re sult in a faile d inspe c tion or wor se, c ata strophic da mage from f ire a nd litigation. A s a c onstr uc tion trade, f ire stopping is one of gre at detail whe re eve r y a spe c t of a job is cr ucial a nd unique—dif fe re nt substrate s, which t ype of block- out bla nks to use with multiple pe netrations, t ype of sle eve s to use in a pa r ticula r pe netration, insulation in cur tain walls, a nd so on. Whe n it c ome s to the imple me ntation of a f ire stop syste m, the devil is in the details. With f ire stopping, ac curacy is re quire d in the take of f inte r p retation of str uc tural a nd e ngine e r ing drawings a nd de signs to a s sure that all re quire d p reve ntative solutions a re addre s se d up front. T his is to avoid unne c e s s a r y p roble ms down the road, such a s rewor k, faile d inspe c tions a nd p roje c t pe naltie s. Suc c e s sful c onstr uc tion busine s se s unde r sta nd the funda me ntal impor ta nc e of the take of f a nd e stimating p roc e s se s. T he se ta sks a re the c or ne r stone of eve r y c onstr uc tion bid a nd have always be e n a challe nge. In today's highly c ompetitive ma r ketplac e whe re " the low bid gets the job," a f ire stop c ompa ny c a n lose money before the f ir st f ire stop pillow is installe d without ac curate a nd timely take of f s a nd e stimate s.

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