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Bidding, Part II: Reviewing the Specs & Plans by Sal Alfano The spec book, or "bible" as it is sometimes called, is-along with the plans-the focus of any bid, and should be read cover to cover. The spec book contains three kinds of information. The first pertains primarily to quantity takeoff: 2x4 studs or 2x6? 16 or 24 inches o.c.? 3/8 or 1/2-inch underlayment? The second describes special measures that may be required: for example, cold-weather concrete procedures. Special work conditions can be costly. How much you charge for them will reflect both their true added costs and how much you can charge and remain competitive. If you omit some of these costs, it should be an informed decision, not an oversight. The third