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  1. Just to verify, you are talking about the utility line and not the meter location, correct? Yes, line types are definitely the way to go! The critical point here is to make sure you include a line type legend. Here is a PDF of a sample site plan I found a long time ago that has several utility service line types. I’m honestly not 100% sure where but I’m pretty certain it was an example from the building department website from a project I worked on. sample-site-plan.pdf Also, you can create or edit line types in Chief architect. Check out this article:https://www.chiefarchitect.com/support/article/KB-01019/managing-and-creating-line-styles.html
  2. Figured I would put this out there… I’d love to help you with your project’s electrical plans! I can provide load calculations, panel schedules, and electrical plans for anyone’s project needs! The vast majority of building departments do not require this work to be done by an electrical engineer unless the work is for service upgrades greater than 400 amps. New construction, additions, remodels or just adding a sub panel - these are all scopes of work I can accommodate
  3. For future needs, I can provide load calculations, panel schedules, and electrical plans for anyone’s project needs! The vast majority of building departments do not require this work to be done by an electrical engineer unless the work is for service upgrades greater than 400 amps. New construction, additions, remodels or just adding a sub panel - I can help with all!
  4. I’m going to preface this by saying this is super silly to require for several reasons… however a building department in Colorado (2021 codes) has requested a Rescheck report for a basement finish project. Does anyone have experience with this type of input for Rescheck? Tips to help me comply or explain how this is not a silly request are welcome and appreciated ❤️ Context on scope of work: No existing conditioned areas will be modified, no new openings for exterior doors or windows, no replacement fenestration, and the concrete foundation walls have an insulation blanket installed by the builder when the house was constructed in 2015.
  5. Sounds like you live somewhere reasonable haha. In the jurisdictions I've been working in most recently, panel schedules are required for all new construction, home additions that are more than just one room, if you upgrade the service amperage on an existing home, and sub panels.. ugh. This of course is along with load calcs. One line diagrams are sneaking their way into the norm too.. lol
  6. Every building department is definitely different. I added the GFCI/AFCI aspect to my panel schedules at the request of the building department after a plan review on a project from about two years ago. As always, it’s essential to use anything shared on Chief with caution and “localize” to fit your application Do you have a favorite panel schedule template you prefer to use? Would love to see more ideas!
  7. I have similar tables I've made to use with load calculations and reference tables for typical appliance watts, formulas, conversions, etc. too
  8. Here's a couple examples of how I have organized panel schedules which coordinate to Notes (keynotes) with each breaker number to show which circuit each electrical element on the drawing is on. I've had many building departments approve my drawings using what I've shown below without issues thus far. Hope it helps! These two examples are for the following panel types: 1) Feeder "Sub Panel" where the panel had all 6 breakers in a single row. 2) Table template where the numbering for the breakers alternates between two columns (typical electrical panel) Let me know if you have any questions and I'll help if I can! PANEL SCHEDULE - FEEDER SUBPANEL A.calibz PANEL SCHEDULE TABLE - ADVANCED WITH LINE LOADS.calibz
  9. Personally I’ve developed a massive word document that I copy/paste applicable code excerpts onto a layout page I’ve formatted to just be a huge list of codes for the project which sometimes even runs two pages long for bigger scopes of work. All in all sounds like your mind was in the same place!
  10. Hi there! Zoning is a real specialty of mine and I’m happy to help if I can. I definitely have dealt with essentially this exact setback distinction and they are quite different. I can help you straighten this out for your particular project if you want to reach out to me in a direct message or in this post with your plans and/or the municipality zoning code excerpt or any published documents such as a checklist where this is requested.
  11. Thanks for the input but you're speaking martian to me Let me know if you want to collaborate on creating something new for this.. I think other calculations like attic ventilation, crawlspace ventilation, natural ventilation and glazing calcs could be simplified with a step by step table in chief if load calculations could be.
  12. For those of you that perform electrical load calculations or panel schedules for the electrical service on your projects, what resources have been helpful to you? Have you created any templates or worksheets for yourself to make this an easier process? Would you be interested in having a template in chief architect that another user has made? I'm curious who would be interested in sharing tips/tricks or anything that could be shared to used in chief architect. I have some things I've developed for my own use but not sure if others would find this useful or how many users incorporate this into their plans and services. Here's a few links I found really helpful: https://naffainc.com/x/CB2/Elect/EHtmFiles/Optional Method-Sizing Electrical Service.htm https://naffainc.com/x/CB2/Elect/EHtmFiles/Standard Method-Sizing Electrical Service.htm https://www.thespruce.com/calculating-subpanel-loads-1152758
  13. For the slope of that lot from your photo I'd recommend using the elevation lines feature for inputting the terrain data. I'm pretty well-versed in creating terrain models in Chief so feel reach out to me if you have questions and I'll see if I can help. Here's a few videos that you may find helpful: https://www.chiefarchitect.com/videos/watch/412/creating-sloped-terrain-and-adding-retaining-walls.html https://www.chiefarchitect.com/videos/watch/411/terrain-contours-absolute-elevations-vs-sea-level-elevations.html https://www.chiefarchitect.com/videos/watch/250/adding-terrain-elevation-data.html https://www.chiefarchitect.com/videos/watch/6082/grandview-how-we-modified-the-terrain.html
  14. Hi all! I'd like to share links to a few handy tools I've found. Enjoy! (I'll add to this). Please comment and let me know if you find anything helpful or new to you Tina Articles/Blogs: https://www.probuilder.com/ https://www.custombuilderonline.com/ https://buildingadvisor.com/ https://www.hunker.com https://www.ecmweb.com (Awesome guides for electrical!) https://www.architonic.com/en https://www.bdcnetwork.com/blogs https://www.thespruce.com Building Codes: https://up.codes/ https://www.nfpa.org/ CAD Hatches: https://architextures.org/hatches Design Criteria (structural): https://hazards.atcouncil.org/#/ Details & Specs: https://www.4specs.com/ https://www.caddetails.com/ https://www.eima.com (EIFS & STUCCO) (NEW) Electrical: https://thenecwiki.com/2021/02/article-200/ (NEW) https://naffainc.com/x/CB2/TABLES/ElectMasterTable.htm -- (NEW) -- FAVORITE https://groverelectric.com/howto/ (NEW) -- FAVORITE https://naffainc.com/x/CB2/Elect/EHtmFiles/Standard Method-Sizing Electrical Service.htm https://naffainc.com/x/CB2/Elect/EHtmFiles/Optional Method-Sizing Electrical Service.htm https://iaeimagazine.org/electrical-fundamentals/residential-service-calculations-in-the-national-electrical-code/ https://www.thespruce.com/calculating-subpanel-loads-1152758 https://www.do-it-yourself-help.com/circuit-breaker-wiring-diagrams (NEW) Engineering/Structural: https://www.engineeringtoolbox.com/ https://seblog.strongtie.com/category/residential-construction/ Energy: https://basc.pnnl.gov https://reca-codes.com/helpful-links (NEW) http://bcapcodes.org/ (NEW) Existing Buildings: (NEW) http://bcapcodes.org/existing/ (NEW) FEMA (Flood Zones) & Climate https://msc.fema.gov/portal/advanceSearch Framing & Lumber: (NEW) https://awc.org/calculators/span-options-calculator-for-wood-joists-and-rafters/ (NEW) Font Downloads: https://www.downloadfonts.io/ https://freefontsfamily.com/ Hardwood: https://www.hardwoodinfo.com/ HVAC/Mechanical: (NEW) https://top10gears.com/ac-tonnage-calculator/ (NEW) https://www.renovation-headquarters.com/heating-sizing.html (NEW) https://learnmetrics.com/merv-rating-chart/ (NEW) Learning/Education: https://www.jlconline.com (FAVORITE) https://archive.org/ - Free versions of IRC Building Code, architecture/detailing books, etc. https://www.aecdaily.com https://www.archtoolbox.com Material Samples (Free): https://www.materialbank.com/ (AWESOME) - Unlimited free samples mailed to your doorstep overnight https://www.tilebar.com Molding/Trim: Wainscot Panel Designer: https://www.ekenamillwork.com/product-builder/wainscot-paneling-designer/ Old Homes: https://www.oldhouseonline.com/ https://www.oldhouseweb.com/ Plumbing: (NEW) https://naffainc.com/x/CB2/TABLES/PlumbTablesLib.htm (NEW) https://www.renovation-headquarters.com/tankless-water-heater-sizing.html (NEW) https://naffainc.com/x/CB2/Mech/GasPipingWorkSheet.htm#GasPipeSizingTable (NEW) Rebar Spacing: https://www.blocklayer.com/concrete/rebar-slabeng Rise/Run: https://www.blocklayer.com/riserun Roof Slope: http://final-analysis.com/calculators/roof_slope.htm Roof Area Calculator: http://final-analysis.com/calculators/roof_area.htm STAIRS: Tread/Riser Calculator: https://www.blocklayer.com/stairs/straighteng Baluster/Spindle Designer: https://www.ekenamillwork.com/product-builder/balustrade-designer/ Site Plan/Terrain: https://geodesy.noaa.gov/
  15. I've gotten plans through Maricopa county and zoning a number of times and very familiar with their permitting process. Just message me if you still need help with this
  16. Hi there, I sent you a message. I'm happy to give you some input on tweaking the floor plan with a a few more details. Best of luck!
  17. I really like it and got to explore it quite a bit with a recent commercial project. Check out the code illustrations, especially for calculations - some were surprisingly useful! Not sure I'll pay $30 a month though.
  18. detail - stucco system assembly 1" foam wbs panel.calibz Here's a detail with a bit more pizazz I made for stucco siding (Western 1-Kote). stucco system per the following: Hot Arid climate (ARIZONA) 2x4 wood framed wall @ 16" o.c. 3/8" solid wood-based sheathing 1" EPS foam (continuous insulation) There's a PDF for whoever asked to view outside the .calibz file stucco detail with foam panel.pdf
  19. No, I'm sorry but that would be a considerable amount of additional work.
  20. CEILING HEIGHT+TILE-HATCH_4.1.22.calibzCEILING HEIGHT+HARDWOOD-HATCH_4.1.22.calibz SHARE 5: Flooring material hatch + ceiling height