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  1. Just got a call from an old client who needs plans for a new house in the Oakland hills. I try to stay in a three county radius and not interested in working with a new building department and learning where their bear traps and flaming hoops are. If you have local knowledge and are interested, reach out and I will give you my client's contact information. Thanks in advance.
  2. You can get an exemption for a solar system. I understand that you have to get someone out there to measure the available sunlight and write a report. I investigated this a while back and couldn't get any concrete answers. The owners decided that it was easier just to install the solar system rather than jump through the flaming hoops. Gotta love California.
  3. Here in California, we are required to have 42" clear width.
  4. I'd think about going to a 7 3/4" riser. This would eliminate one tread and, IMHO is more comfortable to climb than a 6 13/16" riser.
  5. Alcehmy Jim. You missed one small detail. If half of the venting is at the eve line, the required venting is 1/300. Fairly easy to achieve with eve and continuous ridge venting. I agree that closed cell insulation solves the venting issue, but it is 4x the cost. In my area anyway.
  6. Well, learned something today. Didn't know about the "balloon through" function! One of the reasons I check this forum daily. Thanks!!
  7. A lot of my work involves trussed roofs. After building the trusses, I frame the roof for the facia and varge rafters. Problem with this is that CA adds ridge boards that don't exist in trussed roofs. There doesn't seem to be a way to frame without ridge boards or to set the ridge board dimensions at 0. If there is a work around, I'd love to hear it. Also.... Is there a way to frame a roof where one roof California or over frames over another roof. In my previous CAD, I could trim the bottom of one roof to the top of another and the framing acted accordingly. This program ev
  8. In my area, if you have eve and gable vents, you can cut the vent area to 1/300th.
  9. An acquaintance needs as-built drawings for a house in Sacramento, CA. It is too far for me to drive, and I'm just too darn busy. If you are interested, reply and I will send you the contact information. Thanks
  10. Very nicely done! Although I'm pretty good with Chief, I picked up a few gems from the video. Thanks!!
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. 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). So
  14. 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
  15. 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