MacNail's programmers clearly
understand construction problems.
Until recently they were both builders
and programmers; now they make their
living solely as programmers. The
result is a set of well-organized, elaborate
templates for estimating,
scheduling, and job costing. There are
different spreadsheets for new construction,
small jobs, gut/rehab, and
The manual does an admirable job of
teaching the user how to use the basic
features of Excel and the MacNail template.
You begin the process by
measuring and counting about 20 items
from the plans, such as length of exterior
walls, area to be graded and seeded,
and foundation height and perimeter.
After entering these items into the
spreadsheet, it's a pleasure to have the
computer calculate the bottom line in