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  1. Very nicely done! Although I'm pretty good with Chief, I picked up a few gems from the video. Thanks!!
  2. mborean

    Adding Engineering & Construction Management Services

    I have been asked to do construction management, to which I say "no thank you very much". Here in California, unlicensed designers are not allowed to provide engineering services. I have two engineers that I work with and they contract directly with the client. I do work closely with the engineers and add their measures to my plans. One engineer provides his own detail sheets, the other lets me draw them myself. The second engineer also uses Chief and we have traded details with each other. Regarding interior design, I can barely dress myself. I have a very good interior designer who I send my clients to. Good luck!
  3. Hello fellow chief'ers. Was wondering if anyone as found a command to draw a line with an arrow on both ends. I use double arrow lines frequently and right now I have to draw a line with an arrow, then open it and select the option for arrow on both ends. Not a major pain in the backside, but I get irritated easily. Thanks and have a good day.
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    Here in California, especially in the Sierra's where we have significant snow loads, almost everything requires engineering. I have two engineering firms that I have worked with for years and we have developed a great working relationship. In my workflow, I create all the structural pages and details before I send them off to the engineer. They red-line my plans and sometimes ask for additional details. I draft their red-lines onto my drawings and send them back to the engineer. Sometimes we have disagreements followed by spirited discussions (a good relationship makes this possible). Sometimes, I actually prevail. When all is said and done, the engineer stamps/signs my plans and provides me with a small book of his calculations. Once, a client hired an engineer that I hadn't worked with before. It was a total nightmare and I will never allow it to happen again. Good luck!!
  5. Hey guys, it is simple. Go to wall types, either modify the wall fill pattern of the existing wall or create a new wall type. I do this all the time particularly to show existing vs new walls. MB
  6. mborean

    Buying a new computer

    My advice is desktop all the way. Put the OS on a digital hard drive (very fast boot times), get the best processor and graphics card you can afford. Also, bump your RAM to 32GB. I run three monitors and am thinking about adding a fourth. Keeping the library and other windows on a separate screen really helps productivity. I keep the layout on a separate screen and 3d views on another. This way I can see how my changes effect the building. Interested in hearing what others have to day. Regards
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    Non-C.A. Electrical Resources for Permits

    I've experienced many unnecessary requirements from building departments. This one takes the cake. Why in the heck to they want that? What purpose does it serve? I feel your pain.
  8. mborean

    Printing Issue/ Question

    Check your page setup. Did you create a PDF first or just print the active screen? I agree with Joe, we need more information.
  9. Happy quarantine everybody! I know it is there some where, but can't find how to change the ceiling heights for all the rooms on a floor at once. Working on a project an the client removed a bearing wall on the first floor, which changed the second floor framing from 11 7/8" to 14". This messed up the first floor ceiling height. To correct this, I had to go into each room on the second floor and edit the ceiling height above absolute. I am confident there is an easier way, but searched for 15min (I know short attention span) and couldn't find the answer. Hope everyone is and stays healthy, Mike
  10. mborean

    ceating Roof trusses in X12

    I routinely draw my trusses in Chief and then send the design to the truss company for the official design. I do this so that I have some control on how the trusses are designed. I want to control ceiling chords, bearing lines, etc. The trusses from the truss company will have different internal web configurations, but the top/bottom chords reflect what I want. The truss feature in Chief is very useful, IMHO. Good Luck roof truss image.pdf
  11. mborean

    can someone help me build a floor plan?

    Hello, What exactly is it that you need help with? If it is just a simple floor plan, there are a few thousand Chief users who can pump one out very quickly. If you need the rest of the drawings, foundation, roof framing, sections, elevations, most of us can pump that out as well, just will take a bit more time. Good luck,
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    Finish home drawing

    Forgive me if I'm wrong, but it looks like you are copying a plan off the internet. If so, be aware that the original designer has intellectual property rights for the design. Nothing will probably happen, but the owner of the original plan can seek legal remedy if you copy his/her plan. Once I had a client that wanted the "exact" plan they found on-line. To protect myself, and the client, I had them purchase the cheapest version of the plan. This way, the original designer was compensated for the work. As it turns out, the structural part of the design was a complete nightmare and I was able to produce sensible structural drawings. Before embarking on this project, I consulted with an attorney who specializes in construction law. I was told that even if you make minor changes to the original plan you are not immune to legal action. Good luck with your project.
  13. mborean

    Making layers transparent

    Hey gang, Thanks for all the replies. The obvious solution, and its silly that I hadn't thought of it was to place geometry over the aerial image and give it a transparent fill, send it to the back in drawing order. As a refinement, I placed the aerial image and the transparent geometry on a unique layer and then locked it. Still, it would be cool if we could manipulate the transparency of an object (including lines) and even an entire layer. Thanks again!!
  14. mborean

    Making layers transparent

    This may be one of those topics that has an obvious answer that I just can't see. That said, is there a way to make a layer transparent? I typically import an aerial image from my County's GIS map onto my site plan that already has the property boundarys drawn. I can send the aerial image to the back, but it still obscures my property lines, topo lines, etc. If the image (which is placed on a separate new layer) could be made transparent, it would make life a bit easier. Thanks in advance.
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    Fastner symbols/catalog

    Thanks Matty, I'll check it out. The Simpson catalog is very helpful, but no standard nuts/bolts. Mike