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About tommy1

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    What are your computer specs? What are you doing when it crashes? How big of a plan is it? Are you using high face count symbols? More information is needed.
  2. My guess would be to check the face count?
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    wall height?

    I think he's good to go now.
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    arched soldier brick issue

    I cheat when I need arched trim. Back when I had Version 8, I bought a lot of libraries from Jay Palmer. Don't know if his website is still available. His arched trim libraries have literally hundreds of symbols to be used with different size windows. Usually he has something that I can work with and they look good in elevations.
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    Adding Engineering & Construction Management Services

    I generally stay very busy. My engineer refers people to me which is about 90% of my much that I turn down at least one job/week. I'm now retired and want to slow down but so far that's not happening. Wish I had another good Chief user in Houston.
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    Adding Engineering & Construction Management Services

    I recently had this same problem sort of. I originally did the measure, existing and proposed plan. Gave the plan back to the contractor to review. A couple of years later now, I just got notified that the builder and homeowner made huge changes. The new plan didn't meet local deed restrictions so it had to be dramatically downsized. The problem is that the builder using Chief isn't good with the program and had the plan messed up bad. I won't do this again. Now, once I start a plan, no one else will play with or alter the plan. If the builder requires the plan file, I'll now turn down the job.
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    98% of my construction plans are stamped by an engineer who does markups and we go back and forth until it's done. I draw the construction plans. This always saves the client money. I have the owner or builder pay the engineer directly. Some of the engineers will only do the engineering if they supply their own plan which is 10 times the cost to homeowner or builder which means I basically provide a conceptual plan only with no structural of any kind such as notes and details. I do not deliver construction plans done by me without having an engineering stamp. If the engineer supplies their own plan, then I'll provide a pdf of the conceptual plan and create dwgs of the plan to send to the engineers. My dwgs are usually stripped down of things like cabinets and other things since the engineer is really only concerned about structure. My engineer that does markups is extremely reasonable in his prices. The other engineers are outrageous in their pricing.
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    Share a file with client's architect

    I export DWGs to engineers every now and then and receive next to nothing for complaints. I can really only think of one in the last 8 years or so that had problems but I don't think he was very good with AutoCad. However, I would only give a PDF if possible.
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    Lintel Returns

    Sorry Eric, You're correct. I phrased it wrong. Molding profile is correct. I have a lot of these for window lintels. I do remodels for homes that have this all the time.
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    Lintel Returns

    I personally would do that by making a molding polyline. Once you add it to the window lintel, resize the window all you will work just fine. If you want me to show you how to do it via Zoom, let me know. 832-754-6160.
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    Why can't I delete the Invisible (Room divider) wall?

    If it is an island room, just create a new layer for that wall. Put the wall on that new layer and turn it off so it doesn't display in plan view.
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    DWG import/plot plan help

    I believe he's now okay using his dwg in his plan. Helped him via Zoom.
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    Plan file suddenly empty

    Yes, please let us know what you find out. I've never experienced this issue.
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    DWG import/plot plan help

    Very smart approach and is why I import this way too. I learned to do this a long time ago.
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    Non-C.A. Electrical Resources for Permits

    For some of the remodels I do here, The City of Houston sometimes requires this but it has to be done by a licensed electrician to be submitted.