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>Basic bidding technique: Estimate the job (preferably when you're
>not in an expansive mood; right after you've paid bills is a good
>time). Add in all the usual delays, rework, and confusion, in an
>effort to arrive at an accurate figure. Then add 25%.
Actually, the time-tested technique for estimating the length of a job is:
* Analyze the problem carefully.
* Come up with the best estimate you can.
* Double it and add one.
* Switch to the next larger unit.
This will generally be a slight underestimate. ...RM