Reading the Electrical Specifications

Electrical Specifications

Reading the specifications will determine your scope of work and what your bid price is based upon. It is important that the General Conditions of the specifications be read thoroughly. Items of importance will include:

The Bid Form

• How many electrical prices are required?

• Are there any alternates?

Sales Tax Requirements

• Is this project exempt from sales tax?


• Should any cash allowances be included in the bid price?

Special Insurance


• This may vary from 10% through completion, from 10% to 5% after the job is half complete, or 10% to 0% after the job is half complete.

Temporary Power

• Who furnishes the temporary power?

• Who pays for the temporary power consumed?

Progress Reports and Photographs

Bid Bonds, Security Deposits and Performance Bonds

Minority Clauses and Requirements

Construction Time and Liquidated Damages

Owner Furnished Equipment

Change Orders and Extras

Job Close Out

Once this list has been established, each category can be defined by using a simple code. For example:

FBE = Furnished by Electric

IBE = Installed by Electric

FBO = Furnished by Others

IBO = Installed by Others


11. Starters

12. Disconnects