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Let's say that you are estimating a set of plans with a full hip roof, three dormers, a garage pop-out with a gable end, and you have to take off the rafters for both 16-inch and 24- inch centers for a cost study. You've also been instructed to figure out how much concrete (in cubic yards) will be needed to fill thirtyfive 27-inch pier holes, each of which is 14 feet deep. Plus, you need a cut list for a set of stairs so they can be priced. And, let's say that you need the complete bid in a couple of hours and nothing has come out right so far. If this sounds at all familiar,