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  1. I recently saw a very impressive but very involved way of creating an arched top cabinet. (see fun challenge #4) It involved many steps and a lot of parts. I often solve things with this same idea of poly line solids to create something. I was a really nice looking finished product. Nice job Rene. I made this to show a really fast way of creating this if your client might want to keep adjusting the size of it and you want to do it fast. This only takes a few minutes. Build window on an exterior wall so you can control inside and outside casings. I added the thicker exterior wall after I built it but you can always made it a symbol and use it on another plan. Changing the size is a simple matter of adjusting 4 controllable things. 1. adjust window to new cabinet size. 2. adjust width of base cabinet to new size. 3. adjust width of wall cabinet. 4. adjust width of one poly line solid. Adjusting this would take less time than it took my to type this explanation. Advantages - lightening fast, looks like a tolerable representation of the real thing. Disadvantages - less detail, could never be used as a shop drawing, can not be shown with the doors open (because it is really a window).
  2. Wow, that thing should be in the carpenter hack hall of fame.
  3. This is the settings I used.
  4. I have always done this with 2 roof planes. The bottom one has the curve. I try to set the curve at a point that it could be framed with a sistered 2x12 that is cut to match the curve. That will be a small flare but should look ok. For more of a flared look, you have to increase the curve amount and the intersection point will move up toward the top of the roof. It looks better that way but would be tougher to build.
  5. Place your text in a layer that will be used with the floor plan view. Turn that layer off in the other views. Each view should have its own text layer set that is special to that view.
  6. "edit wall layer intersection" tool should do the trick. You have to click on a wall and hit that tool then you can change it.
  7. Go into your layers and turn off "walls, Main layer only".
  8. Open your current version of Chief and then open the plan file. I think it will load it in to the newer version.
  9. Try turning your computer off for a few minutes then try it again.
  10. I can not recall a single time I have needed this fill. I always delete it.
  11. I think he wants the blocks running plumb. This one has them perpendicular to the roof plane.
  12. Poly line solids placed on their own layer - done in 5 min. Frieze board will drive you nuts for an hour getting it even close.
  13. Have the engineer add it to your PDF. If it is being done under the engineers direction, they can send you a jpeg of a signed stamp and you can import it into your layout. Make sure they know that you are doing it this way and send them a copy of the stamped version for their records.
  14. A slab supporting a wall is not entirely about the compressive strength. It is about the lack of a footing. A slab on grade could become subject to frost heave. The OP is from Eagar AZ. The elevation is 7000' so it might be an issue for the project. I would hate to be trying to defend the choice of eliminating footings at some point in the future but then again, anyone that wants to live in a pole barn probably doesn't really care.
  15. A residential floor load on a bearing wall needs a footing with continuous rebar. A 4" slab is NOT going to work for this purpose.
  16. Cris, the job was completed 2 yrs ago. You might want to check the dates on these before you post a response.
  17. Make sure the electrician knows about this. The outlet for the motor goes in that area not the usual spot on the ceiling.
  18. Move the roof plane in the Z direction then join them at the top with the roof plane on the other side.
  19. This might do the trick as Chopsaw indicated.
  20. I would imagine that all areas would need bolts to secure the bottom plate.
  21. It might be a little hard to install seismic hardware etc. with this set up.
  22. The wood walls should align to the the foundation NOT the brick. Think of the brick as a facade. It does not support the walls above it.
  23. This home is in an area of wind speed 90 and seismic C. That detail might not work in all areas. I usually spec something like what Scott shows and let the engineer dial in the specifications. I live in an area where the builders do not like to use steel. The specifics of your area can greatly influence a lot of the specifications.
  24. I have done them out of wood as well. The engineer usually requires 6x6 columns of Glulam material or PSL. It is then balloon framed with a lot of hold down steel straps and bolts. The tricky part is supporting the header between the upper and lower windows. I usually use a hidden hanger. The HUC series works well.