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  1. I tried inside, outside the building. Just too clunky to work well. Especially with a price north of $300. Hopefully, they will improve the product. It is a great concept, just not a great product. If anyone has had a better experience, I'd love to hear about it.
  2. Hey Dermont! Insulting Chief users probably isn't a fantastic business practice. Just say'n. I use Chief for a living, am quite busy, and yet I have the time to keep up on the forums. If I sold/developed CA for a living, I would be intently interested what the users have to say. Now that I have busted your chops a little, let me finish by saying that I absolutely love using Chief. It is the third CAD platform that I have used (starting with a DOS based program), and by a huge margin, it kicks butt for residential projects. As in any software, there are opportunities for improvements. Us users typically use it every day, and some nights. We are the experts on how well it works or doesn't work. Small items that may seem trivial to a developer, add up to huge irritations to the folks who have to get plans out the door. When you improve the program, enhance our work flow, we make more money! When we make more money, we hire folks, buy additional licenses, and keep paying for the SSA. IMHO, you should be reading the forums every day and be engaged in the discussion. Have a great weekend!
  3. Moasure tool update. Well folks, I have it an honest try, but the Moasure is simply too finicky for real world use. It works well if you have environments as shown in the videos (flat ground, minor obstacles, and easy access). The concept is awesome and in the future if/when they improve the product I will purchase it, but for now, I am returning the unit. I appreciate the 30 day money back guarantee. Was really hoping this would be a game changer. For now I'm back to graph paper, a tape measure and a laser measure.
  4. How is Chief considering this an interior room? And, where did you get the glass panel railing? Way cool!!
  5. Going to pull the trigger on purchasing the Moasure One. They offer a 30 day money back guarantee so the risk is minimal. I will test the unit and report back. Stay tuned!!
  6. Has anyone tried "Moasure" https://www.moasure.com/? The system is very intriguing, if it works. If it works as advertised, it will be a real game changer for preparing as-built drawings. Thanks!
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Here in California, we are required to have 42" clear width.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Well, learned something today. Didn't know about the "balloon through" function! One of the reasons I check this forum daily. Thanks!!
  13. 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 even added a valley plate on top of the lower roof and below the rafters of the upper roof. That may be too much to ask for, but one can only hope. Love to hear what y'all have to say. Thanks in advance.
  14. In my area, if you have eve and gable vents, you can cut the vent area to 1/300th.