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  1. Bill_Emery

    recessed wall cabinet bottom for light rail

    Mark: I explored the plan you posted and am impressed by your clever method to get a raised cabinet bottom. I also liked your clever solution to produce an ogee curve in an island or peninsula cabinet that you posted back in October.
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    tricky molding intersection

    Here's a slightly different way to handle it with reasonable accuracy. molding for cornice.plan
  3. Bill_Emery

    Dome construction

    You'll not find much in the Chief library. There is perhaps something appropriate in the Sketchup library. The way that I create domes is using roof planes. If you create a round structure using walls, you can generate a roof with triangular segments, and curve them to create interesting dome shapes. Domes can also be created using molding polyline drawn in circular segments. These molding polylines can be converted to symbols. Below is an interesting take on using roof planes and ridge caps to create a geodesic dome.
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    Cantilever trusses again

    Here it is as a 12/12 pitch with a 24" overhang. I've adjusted the eave sub fascia to 4 15/16". I tried keeping the eave sub fascia at 5 1/2" but when I raised the roof to accommodate it, I lost the cantilever.
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    Cantilever trusses again

    You can use any overhang, and any pitch: the formula works.
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    Cantilever trusses again

    It appears that it is a simple adjustment for the eave sub fascia. It should be adjusted to the vertical structure depth in the roof>general DBX.
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    Cantilever trusses again

    The formula above will always generate a cantilever truss. slight differences in roof height may result in a cantilever truss not generating. The formula locates the truss where it needs to be. I think that what you are seeing is that it does not line up with the soffit that Chief generates based on the height of the eave sub fascia. The truss is correct by the formula, but the eave sub fascia height must be adjusted to bring it into alignment with the bottom chord of the truss. eave fascia height is related to the pitch of the roof, and must be adjusted independently of the truss. My guess is that a formula can be developed for this factor, but I've not explored that option
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    where can I find a utility pole

    They have some nice ones in the Sketchup Warehouse.
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    Cantilever trusses again

    There is an exceptionally easy formula for this. Baseline - fascia top ht = amount to raise roof planes. This should work for any pitch or overhang because it raises the bottom tip of the top chord to plate height, or the bottom of the bottom chord. This formula assumes that you have specified trusses; no birdsmouth.
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    Component Code - do you use ?

    I use it to bring odd bits of information into the label, as it is the only column in the component dialog box that can be accessed with a macro, and displayed in the label. I've always wondered while this is the only column accessible by macro.
  11. Bill_Emery

    stair knee-wall

    I appreciate the cosmetic improvements we got in X8, but stairs still need a functional overhaul. Johnny: I wanted to avoid a major work around when I suggested dragging the stairs over the wall, but if you must have the stringer visible on the inside; you can copy and paste the stairway in place, and drag the copy out over the wall. Using this method your stairway width can remain accurate. Using a double stairway, or partial double stairs is a fairly common way to get around some of Chief's limitations.
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    stair knee-wall

    Hi Johnny, Can you elaborate on what you want to do with the upper section. Does it want to look like the lower section? I also want to make sure that you know that you can edit each section independently.
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    stair knee-wall

    I don't think there is any way to control the stringer width; but you can control the height so that you can hide the stringer in the wall when the stringer height is set for zero.
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    stair knee-wall

    Here's another take on the subject. There's no need to go to a work around, when a Chief Stair will work here nicely. I've simply used a closed stairway that has been extended over the outside wall, centering the railing on the wall. I've copied the outside wall to the basement below and edited it to cover the notch that chief cuts in the outside stringer. I've also added a molding polyline to cap the rake wall. stairs (2).plan
  15. Bill_Emery

    Historic door and window casings

    Here is a plan with a trim similar to what you've shown above. These windows can be saved to the library, copied and resized. The width and window type can be easily adjusted, but if height values change, the "curtain" treatment must be adjusted in the DBX. extended rosette window trim.plan