CharlesVolz

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  1. CharlesVolz

    How Do I Get Rid Of The Image Next To The Cursor?

    Rebuild the terrain.
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    X12 Desktop Icon

    Got it! Thx!
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    Available for more design work

    Howdy All, I am available to take on more design work. I can assist you in your design work or you can refer customers to me. I pay a 10% referral fee for referred customers. Just give me a call at 210 744-7489! Here is some information about me and how I work: I am a creative designer who has acquired unique experiences and perspectives from my collection of work as a designer and builder. I have degrees in structural engineering (BS Rice University) and architectural engineering (MS University of Texas at Austin) and have planned, designed, developed and built various, diverse projects over my 30-year career. I am a member of the American Institute of Building Design ("AIBD"), which provides quality continuing education to ensure its members remain current with technology, materials and building codes. AIBD holds its members to the highest standards of ethics and professionalism. I utilize the latest technology like GoToMeeting to work with customers live online and OBS Live to record "how-to" videos for builders, designers and DIYers, instructing home design using Chief Architect. I have worked with owners, builders, designers and architects from all over the U.S., Canada, New Zealand and England. I offer time-saving design assistance as well as expert training in Chief Architect. I am available to design your home from concept to working drawings, assist you in learning Chief Architect and/or improve your existing home design. Whether you need a home designer or just a few hours of training, I can accommodate you. Right now I am offering a discounted rate of $85 per hour for Chief users (an 11% discount from my standard rate of $95). I work in prepaid blocks of time. Once I receive payment, I schedule the time. You chose how much of my time you want to reserve (3-hour minimum) and can use the time (in 1-hour minimum blocks of time) for up to six months after purchase. When I complete the time, I will give you back the plan file or you can purchase another block of time. You keep the time credit left over, if any, for future help. This method gives you the flexibility to hire me for the work you desire without a long-term commitment. There is no obligation for you to pay for additional blocks of time. I am very fair with my billable hours and do not charge for nonproductive time. I bill using PayPal and add the fee (rounded) to the invoice. Regards, Charles
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    one time builder

    That is what I suggest. Rent/Buy Home Designer Pro to layout walls, windows and doors then hire a pro to help you from there.
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    NEEDING SERVICES

    I can help you. Just give me a call at 210 744-7489 or send me a private message. Regards, Charles
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    CMU's to display realistically

    Is this what you are talking about?
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    Windows 10 Bottom Task Bar

    Right click task bar> Settings:
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    Needed help exporting plans to PDF

    post them
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    Missing Layout files

    Howdy Jon, I assume you have tried searching your computer for the file name.
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    Area calculation

    Here is what most of us in the U.S. subscribe to. ANSI Z765-2013.pdf
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    How do you handle changes?

    I try to remember before refilling every cup of coffee.
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    The font you like, and all caps or not, and why

    I agree with these guys. I used to use Chief Blueprint, etc. but opted out for cleaner looking and more condensed fonts. I was having trouble with too much congestion in my plans, especially with dimensions. Here is my current thinking: Font Selection Criteria: 1. No hand-drawn looking fonts. (Out of date. Not hand-lettering anymore. Not for commercial. Not good for modern designs.) 2. No all caps fonts. (Out of date. Not hand-lettering anymore. Looks like you are shouting due to texting conventions. Uses more space.) 3. Best legibility for smallest width in lower case, upper case and all caps. (Use line spacing to compact vertically.) 4. Dark enough when not bolded and bolded. Distinguishable between the two. 5. Must be available and look good/compatible in word processor, spreadsheets and CA. I Use: 1st: Myriad Pro/Myriad Pro Condensed (5" dimensions and labels, 3" small notes, 6" & 8" large notes and labels.) 2nd: Arial/Arial Narrow (4 ½" dimensions and labels, 3" small notes, 6" & 8" large notes and labels.)
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    How do you handle changes?

    When beginning a new plan, I just rename the plan every few hours with consecutive numbers and an occasional note. After I link the plan to a layout, the plan and layout names stay the same and I use File> BackUp while in layout to backup the plan, layout and all associated files to Dropbox. The backup folders are named consecutively with an occasional note.
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    Speed of Chief

    Or paste into plan or layout via Edit / Paste / Paste Special / Image (Enhanced Windows Metafile). Resize to taste.
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    Tennesse Architect ONLY

    Thanks Rich!
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    Tennesse Architect ONLY

    Builders (and Bankers) Are Not Your Best Friend.pdf
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    Help finishing drawings. Single family house

    Post the HD Pro plan.
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    Ceiling surfaces missing

    Too many hours, not enough sleep!
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    Ceiling surfaces missing

    Nice looking plan Rob. Just one suggestion. The door swinging over the stairs should be reversed. R311.7.6 Landings for stairways. There shall be a floor or landing at the top and bottom of each stairway. . . Exception: A floor or landing is not required at the top of an interior flight of stairs, including stairs in an enclosed garage, provided that a door does not swing over the stairs.
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    Exterior door swing & landings

    Yes. NRP hinges. Nothing is as quick as kicking in a door. I don't subscribe to out-swinging doors. Just another point of view from a security-minded client.
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    Exterior door swing & landings

    I had a military client who wanted out-swing exterior doors for security reasons. "A bad guy cannot kick it in as easily."
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    Exterior door swing & landings

    Why "other than a door into a garage?"? Agree. But I prefer that a door does not swing out over a floor or landing with more than the 1 1/2" drop floor-to-floor (regardless of threshold). It is not safe otherwise and should become a future change/clarification in the IRC.
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    CUPOLA

    Allen Brown had a great tutorial posted on the old ChiefTalk. Maybe he or someone else could repost it.
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    Cursor appearance

    Damn David, I finally got to help you in return! Too bad is just a big red cursor. I used to use that cursor and PointerFocus just for online collaborations. Now I keep the big red cursor on all the time. Best Regards, Charles