Kelly_K

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  1. It has been 10 years (or longer) since I migrated my desktop settings to a laptop. I searched for a how to video thru chief but have had no success. Use it or lose it I guess, I was able to get it done back then but I'll be damned if I can't recall how I did it. Just curious if any user has done a tutorial on what is needed, or if anyone recalls such.
  2. Yes, I have experienced this. I am also seeing trusses renumber oddly when editing in section. In the past, trusses would renumber plus 1 or the first unused number e.g. TR10 to TR11 now it is TR10 to TR48 which is bizarre since I only have 30 total.
  3. It is also a good idea to include the north arrow on the floor plan to help out those folks that produce a manual J for heat/cool load calcs.
  4. Yes I would welcome this, instead of clunky work around's like precisely breaking foundation walls to change a footing size for a point load.
  5. And don't forget you can save details in layout folders too. This can be useful for creating templates to eliminate work that repetitious.
  6. It isn't you I see that stuff (spikes, etc.) all the time. The truss tails most always end up with a plumb cut. I have made a suggestion for more control on plumb & square many years ago. Perhaps it is time to try again.
  7. 'Tad' is being generous. I assume speed improvements will be forth coming so I am patiently/quietly awaiting. That said I'm very happy with the release, the marquee select similar tool is worth the price of admission on it's own. Like Perry I bring all my plans forward, why handicap yourself from the improvements each release provides. Stability hasn't been an issue for years.
  8. I wondered when someone would point out the obvious. On the flip side we have a few building depts. here locally that don't charge a transaction fee for credit card purchase so at 12 to 15k, I really like piling up the points, and I would assume the same can be said for some of your customers.
  9. Back in the 70's when 2x decking floors were predominate we did install the mudsill and pour into that 2-1/2" slot, and it was a pain you couldn't be any drier than a 5" slump. Troweling the top of a foundation was not an issue - getting concrete spudded under the plate was another matter. I do not miss those days.
  10. Larry actually I did not, I have found perpendicular snapping required me to be zoomed in partly because I work with a high dpi setting on my mice so rather than fussing with getting a snap, I do just as I recommended. Also the way I do my plot plans I don't need a lot of perpendicular dim work. However, I will say you made it work pretty well coming off a corner a nice tip to remember definitely quicker than doing what I do now.
  11. Diane, What I do is draw in some short point to point dimension segments close to where you need them, use make parallel/perpendicular tool and then grab handle them into place.
  12. It is, and you are right it is called psychological pricing where odd prices slightly below whole numbers give the perception of a better deal. It appears there may be a cultural disconnect/bias that I am sure you didn't anticipate here.
  13. I believe version 8 or older will open the files - then re-save it forward.
  14. I wish there were. Do a search in suggestions you'll find a long list of people asking for improvements including myself. Pick a thread and add your name is what I would recommend.
  15. You can really override, by mapping a mouse button to delete. In my case I use my scroll button - move to left or click is delete, move to right is backspace.
  16. Couldn't have said it better. Thru the eighties I built homes by day and drafted by hand at night, you can imagine how tiresome that became. When I decided to buy a computer and jump to cad. I looked for software that wasn't autocad because of crappy plans that I assumed was a result of that platform. It didn't take long to realize it wasn't the software it was the technician using it. When I jumped to modeling, I mainly focused on softplan, archicad, and chief. I really liked archicad, but it was way more than what I needed to draft homes. With chief I was up and running in a little under 2 weeks - half the time it took to somewhat master the other programs - principally, because of the automated framing. With your experience and some dedication to study I can imagine you doing just fine.
  17. This is what I do. When I have problems it is usually some kind of miss-alignment of the attic floor in relation to the living floor. First thing I check.
  18. I hate to admit it but that is a rather astute observation.
  19. Kelly_K

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    Question, do you float your toolbars on the drawing screen? I do so with a few of mine; I definitely observe the edit tool bar jumping around and resizing on it's own, and it has done so for years, and yes locking doesn't help only docking does. I have learned to live with it since I have mapped a lot of what is on the edit toolbar to my mice so I am not as dependent on it as I suppose most are.
  20. I use a 32" dell 4k same resolution as yours, and am blown away how clear and well defined everything is. That said my other apps like quicken, and adobe for example fit what your are describing about chief. I just updated quicken, so I haven't taken the time to dig into what is going on. It is annoying - I feel your pain.
  21. Let's put some time frame to this comment, while not great, the arcs worked better with version 9.5 than they do now. I've been waiting in consternation for 15 years for any improvement.
  22. There are quite a few places here that don't require permits, or if they do there are no inspections - I am looking at you Boise county. About every 10 to 20 years we get a big snow and it clears out the mis-built structures. Guess those customers shouldn't have gone with the cheap bid. Frankly, I have never minded a second pair of eyes.
  23. I draw trusses for every project I do for a couple of reasons: It takes 20 to 30 minutes for simple projects, and sometimes a couple of hours for the more complex. I charge for it so it is not wasted effort. My reasoning is even with the simple projects there intricacies that are useful to be conveyed to a truss designer (vaults, cantilever, parallel chord, midspan support, etc.) For complex projects, one discovers weakness in a model pretty quickly when a truss won't form. Moreover, it allows me to determine location of girders, and complexities that need to be flagged and supported or if I need to get an engineer involved. By developing trusses my error rate has gone way down, and I receive a lot of thanks as well as referrals. Finally, because of a lack of apprenticeship, locally we don't have that many skilled carpenters who could hand-stack a roof, so I take the discharge to help them and my customers get a project built.