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    Specs on drawings, or in spec book

    My county wants all kinds of code language on the plans. Then they started to request that the code language be placed on the relevant sheet and not “buried” in a specification sheet “that no one will read.” This tends to make some plans a bit busy. I think it’s dependent on who is reviewing the plans and how lazy/busy they are as to their level of code language required. the two newest ones are the pellet stove installed to manufacturers specs and the GWB under stairwell language, both located on the plans at the location. now I’m getting push back on prescriptive hand-cut roof designs. They want to see them “engineered”. Uh, that’s what’s in the tables in the code book people! Lastly, it seems that the more info/detail you put into a design, the more they dig into it. Sometimes leaving things minimalist seems to get through permitting easier. I called the ICC and was given verbal permission over the phone to copy and paste various amounts of code language. Her exact words were not more than five pages consecutively. She said something about it being allowed under Creative Commons license or some kind of thing. I recommend paying for the online access to the codes at the ICC. They make their $$$ and you have easy access to the codes.
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    X12 New Features are listed Here

    X12 should be a blast! Bring it on.....spring-time Christmas!!! As far as regional terminology goes - I find it almost entertaining how some of the most mundane and small things become issues for people. I "learn't" me some framing in Texas. When I moved to WA state, I was speaking a completely foreign language with the building terms I had used in Texas. The really odd ducks up here were the ones who felt almost religiously compelled to correct me. Like they were saving me. Now sometimes I purposely say things wrong just to see if people call me on it or not. Most are probably thinking I'm stupid, but every once in a while I hook one and we have fun. Y'all have a great 2020! Let's see this economy ROAR!
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    X12 New Features are listed Here

    Great job, Chief!
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    Stairs - Risers and Treads

    I love stairs. I built these on Thanksgiving Day. (Basement set) And the second set last Saturday. (First floor set) three more stairs and the roof to go. that last one was a CA section exported to AutoCAD. Chief isn’t production-level accurate but I can Calc everything so it’s great for the picture.
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    freehand drawing on screen for collaboration?

    I use Cisco WebEx. It has a whiteboard feature that can be pretty useful.
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    Cross Platform: OBS (Free) Mac: ScreenFlow 9
  7. NVMe SSDs are awesome. They read/write about 6 times faster than typical SSDs. someone pretty smart did a thread that showed the best matchup of h/w to maximize CA performance somewhere.
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    Printing to PDF - File size WAY to large

    I used to do 2400 DPI but someone on here said NO HIGHER THAN 600 so I tried that. Even 300 works well. The largest plan I've created was around 80MB.....easy peasy.
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    The font you like, and all caps or not, and why

    I'm a former framer. I agree that the artsy part of a plan's font choice held minimal value to me in building the structure. I hated when the plans became a bit scuffed up and the hand written fonts were even more illegible. Now-a-days, I guess I would have a PDF of every plan on my phone or tablet as a back up so I could have a pristine reference copy. But I don't frame any more so who knows. Commercial plans (hotels/apartments) were typically arial or similar and were designed for maximum clarity. If some want/like the simulated handwritten look. Fine. Whatever. As long as the information is clear and easily understood, that should be the driving focus....make it easy to build it according to plan. 2 cents
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    The font you like, and all caps or not, and why

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    DOOR / WINDOW header height AFF automati

    Back in the late 80s in Texas, we cut 11 ¼” off of a precut stud so that a 2x12 header could fit over an opening. Not all headers were 2x12, but it standardized everything for when such load bearing support was needed. This worked well but doors and windows always seemed to not exactly match at the top and needed custom trim ripping to get right. The space over the door was always bigger than over the windows. Chief has that still today. Setting door and windows to 80” above top of subfloor places the bottom of the header at the same 80” but the location where the bottom edge of the top door trim and the bottom edge of the top window trim don’t align and always need adjustment. This only becomes an issue when making mulled doors with side windows. And it seems most designers will get it close and assume the framer will figure it all out on the job site. A good framer will get with the window and door guy and get exact size info. Then in consort with the builder, make the whole thing look like the elevation, since that’s what the customer is expecting. I appreciate that you are going the extra mile to provide this level of support on your project. I hope it all goes well.
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    Moving to New PC

    Solver sh/be on Chief's tech support payroll.
  13. 94 5/8"? Our "8'" pre-cuts are 92 5/8" out west. I tell new framers get used to feet and inches or FIS. 7'-8 5/8" 8'-8 5/8" 9'-8 5/8" and so on.
  14. Y'all are great! I was up late last night and boom, this morning I received light. Thanks for illuminating my path. Glenn...I followed your steps...BOOM! Success. Thanks, brother! Created a ROOF LABELS text style so as to not screw with whatever else is reading from the default style.
  15. Being that I know how these buildings are framed, I can GUARANTEE that exact never works. Now, I always present EXACT to my client builders with a huge caveat. "THESE NUMBERS ARE THEORETICALLY EXACT. YOU WILL NEED TO ADD OVERAGES BASED ON EXPERIENCE AND PAST PERFORMANCE OF YOUR CREW." Or something like that. Adding one sheet per plane is my way of rounding up for SF amounts that have a remainder. Instead of rounding up 1 sheet over the entire roof area, I round up 1 sheet per calculated plane. Even that is low, since the horizontal rips at the top or bottom waste a few extra sheets. Typically 10 - 15% is overage on hip roofs, less for truss/gable-ish ones. And the bastard hips....they burn plywood with the dual angles. Fun. Fun. Some Memphis builders still use staggered 1x10 white pine in place of plywood. Very killer.