As a dywaller you’re always looking for the best way to do things, places you can save time but without compromising the quality of the job at hand. Well we have a new way of calculating wall areas for drywall or plasterboard, that might just help you win more work and free up your time.
At the moment when a builder asks you to price a job, the process probably looks a bit like this.
You come home after a day on site. Print out the set of blueprints (if you own a printer), if not get them printed at your nearest print shop. Clear a space on the dining room table, grab your scale ruler and highlighters, and settle in for the night. A couple of hours later once you’ve finished measuring, add up all your measurements, add your rates and then flick an email over to the builder with the quote.
Each time you quote a job you repeat the process, it might be a couple of times per week… and the craziest part is - that you might not even get the job.
You could try speed it up and skim over certain parts, but that would could leave you $1000s out of pocket if your estimate is completely off the mark or you could be way over and not get the work.
We’d like to introduce you to a tool that will help you calculate drywall or plasterboard 5x faster. This tool is suited to many trades, but I’m going to show you exactly how to use it as a plasterer or drywaller.
Head to conxjobs.com/measure and upload your plans or blueprints. Then take the quick tour to show you how to use each feature. But I’ll also go through them below.
Perfect for measuring square or rectangular areas, such as elevations of walls or ceiling areas for rectangular rooms. Simply drag and drop with you mouse to start and finish the measurement.
Great for measuring areas of any other non-rectangular shapes, such as ceiling areas. You don’t have to click and drag with this tool, you just need to click each corner of the room, and then double click to finish the measurement.
As the name states, a good feature to measure lengths. Suited to measuring widths of walls. You can run a continuous line with different points like BED 2 below, or you can separate each of the walls into their own measurement. You are probably thinking “Where can I add the height of the wall”, hold tight this step will come later. Make sure you double click to end measurement.
Now this is a crucial part. As soon as you make a measurement it will pop up on the left hand side of the screen. It’s important to name these as accurately as possible, as it will help later when we add heights to the walls, and rates. Have a look below at what one of our existing users is doing, labelling ‘92mm steel stud wall, PB finish both sides’.
Once you’ve made all you measurements it’s time to export the measurements to excel (or whatever spreadsheet program you use). This is the format the export is in, you’ll need to add two new columns, like below. Which is where you’ll insert the wall height for each specific wall, and then the drywall area will be calculated. Then you’re ready to put in your rates under ‘UNIT COST’.
If you’ve just realised you’ve forgotten something, you can easily jump back into your project make the changes then re export.
So what do you think? Give it a try and see if it’s for you here: www.conxjobs.com/measure
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