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    NC Architect

    Jesse, More than likely the architect you gave them to is not a "chief " user,. My guess is that he is an AutoCad/Revit user and does not/will not want to take the time to wade through the layers etc. which is his prerogative. However, that is no excuse to be RUDE. If I were in your position after having someone say that I would NOT hire him. He has already shown what kind of person he is (arrogant) and to speak that way to a person who could have been a paying customer just goes to show he is not worthy of your money. What I recommend you should do, is get one of the guys here on this forum who is familiar with & uses basically the same software or who can do a "save as" to help you. Have them tidy up and/complete the construction drawing set and then you give the set to your builder. You will be, by far, better off working with a "like fellow". Just my opinion.
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    Good afternoon. I'd like to extend a thank you to all who sent me their contact information. I appreciate all the quick responses. As I said, you will be dealing with my client directly so I wish you all good luck. This service request is now closed.
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    Good afternoon all, I am working on a project for a client and am in need of some "rendering" assistance. I am very busy with my work and don't have time to do the renderings necessary for my client. If someone is interested let me know i.e. send me a PM. with your contact information. You will be dealing with my client yourself, so professionalism is expected. Thank you.
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    Sir, I'll have to call you later today, I have to deliver some prints and will be gone about an hour or so. I'll try to get in touch when I return. Sincerely, Jacquilla Gilette
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    Good afternoon. Do you have some time for a call in the next few minutes? If so, I'll give you call. Thank you.
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    Survey and plot plan work

    Have you tried the Chief "Knowledge Base"? Might want to check there first and if you can't find what you are looking for then I'm sure someone here can help.
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    Seeking design help with my home renovation

    Good morning all. Yes the original posting is further back and many have added fresh new comments. Many of the comments are correct and many are in the "shady/grey" area. Fact 1: The IRC/IBC code is not designed simply as a code for "DIY" people. The code was written for anyone who wants to build BUT it is the MINIMUM STANDARD REQUIRED to construct a building in order to provide for the safety of the inhabits of the structure, whether it be a residential or commercial structure. ANY construction above and beyond the minimum code is always acceptable and in some cases often recommended. Fact 2: A licensed Architect/Engineer is one who is willing to bear the responsibility aka "cost" of a mistake in the preparation of the plans if it accidentally causes a failure in the structure leading to substantial loss, whether it be damage to the building or loss or life due to the structural problem. Even if one is not willing to become a licensed architect/engineer but still wants to design, my recommendation is that you at least have E & O insurance or have a contract that you have the client sign that would release you for any responsibility of a failure. Example 1: Recent client I have comes to me to re-design certain aspects of a 15,000 sf custom home that was designed by an architect. The original architect made several dimension mistakes and didn't design to the client specifications on the way it was supposed to look...contractor built by the plans...structure now leaks, hallways do not align, and foundation (not design by PE) sank in one area causing the interior balcony and subsequent roof area to fracture and numerous other errors. She is suing BOTH the architect and the contractor for MILLIONS. Example 2: I recently completed a design for a client, a remodel-complete gut job. I myself have an engineering degree and am a Certified Professional Building Designer with my own seal, my husband is a licensed Mechanical & Structural PE with his own seal. We did the design & engineering for the house, the foundation, truss work for the new elevated roof, and other aspects. We both spent hours designing and ensuring everything would work out right. He especially put a lot of time in the calculations for the new roof and the footings etc. To get the loading right and prevent: racking, sheering etc. etc. Everything was good until he went for a site visit. Contractor and his framers took it upon themselves to ignore the calculations and use smaller lumber, they took it upon themselves to relocate the position of the collar ties, they took it upon themselves not to follow the prints for numerous things because it might save a few bucks. My husband came back and re-did the calculations based on what they did. The result is that what they did will be a failure. Their response: "we've done it this way for years" and nothing has happened yet and the client wants it." That little word "YET" has big consequences when it does happen and who do you think the client will turn to for compensation? We do not follow specific charts, tables and guidelines and mathematical calculations for construction materials just for kicks. We design & calculate to avoid the "yet". As the Engineer of Record, Legally my husband can walk down to the building/planning office and fill out a form and tell the building inspector to post a stop work order. They will have to completely stop the construction, tear it all down and start over and built it to print, which will be COSTLY. However, since he is a fairly decent fellow, he does more calculations and comes up with another solution. They have to add in additional lumber, follow the proper bolt size and pattern to make up the difference. Not as expensive as a complete redo but it will cost more now than if they had followed the prints in the first place. Now, unfortunately, we're going to have a CTJ meeting with them this afternoon about following prints and engineered guidelines. If they fail to adhere to the the design and engineered specifications-we walk. Not a good situation for the client as they have to start all over.
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    Architect needed

    Need has been met. Thanks to all who inquired.
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    Architect needed

    Good afternoon. I need assistance from an architect that is either licensed nationally or in the State of Kentucky. I was hired to do a commercial job of a certain size for a client and part way through the process the client changed the scope/size of the project. At this point, due to the size and nature of the building class, I have to have an architect review/stamp the plans. Now, I am not looking for "just a stamp". I would not ask for someone to take the risk/liability. I need someone who not only can review the plan but also have in put on the design i.e. be part of the process. The plan was started in X10 and will be completed in X10. If there is such a person here who can and is willing to help please send me a PM. Thank you. Sincerely,
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    Opposite roof pitches

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    Opposite roof pitches

    Thanks guys. Chop saw, I figured as much.It will require a twist and some serious cutting, even then I doubt it would have really worked well. I wanted to double check before I told them and faced the "what do you mean I can't do it this way" look,. It's nice to know every once in a while that I am not totally off. Thanks!!!
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    Opposite roof pitches

    Hey guys, I got the the attached graph paper file from a client who wants his roof to look this way. The roofing is to be corrugated metal. I know this can be physically accomplished in the real world because the metal can be cut. However, I have been very unsuccessful in getting this to work in chief. I need to know if anyone has been able to complete a look like this and if so, how did you do it. Thank you in advance for your thoughts and input. J
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    Knoxville, TN Area

    I am in the Knoxville area. I sent you a PM.
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    Stringer vs Carriage

    Thank you both, I can see now that I am not insane, just going a little crazy. Yes the guy is nitpicking...even the structural engineer I'm working with is getting annoyed at this guy. I am hoping this graphic will be to his satisfaction. Although I am not sure he will. Thanks again, you've been quite helpful..