Is there a way to assign a labor cost to a component using hourly rate? For example, if I feel that a framing task will take 3 days, can I select that group and assign 24 hours and a crew rate of $115/hr and then have the report show that breakdown, or is the only way to enter labor as a $ value?
Yes – in Estimator, you can add what I call “Associated Costs” with the + button – for components, layer, materials. So for example, an oven component – you could assign the cost to the component itself, add tax, etc. then hit + to add associated cost. Then you can use *24 as the multiplier and $115 as unit price and HR for Unit Displayed – it will report both when selecting the one component.
You could do this with any component – in your example (and not sure how extensive this grouping is) – you could choose each “wall” or whatever you are grouping, then Make Component to group them. In Estimator, do as above…
Does that make sense? Give it a try and let me know if you have any questions.
You do have several ways you can do this in Estimator – regarding hourly rates. Two examples – let’s say you have a $400 window component and you pay your installer $50 to install that window. You could then use COMPONENT tab and assign the unit price for the column ($400) (attribute of QUANTITY – default) and unit of EA – then click on the + button to create a new cost entry and keep attribute of quantity – use *(# of hours) in the multiplier, unit rate for labor and HRS (or whatever you use) in the units displayed – save.
Then each similar window component you select will total $450 – pick two and it is $900, etc.
OR – you could use Quotes if you want to to enter unit rate and number of hours.
Hope this helps and please let me know if you have any other questions.