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    Export of 3d model

    I was looking at a program called Structure Studios for designing pools I called to see if I could export a Chief 3d model into the program so I could start the pool design was told I could in a sketchup file SKP or a FBX Is anyone familiar with exporting models into program like that. The program seems to make designing the back yard easier than with chief But I have seen great plans guys do with Chief. Just curious if it would be easy to do. Thanks Adam
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    House with Colonial Columns

    WHEN I DO THOSE POSTS IN SOUTH FLORIDA I USE A RED IRON ENGINEERED DESIGNED 4X4 OR 6X6 ECT TO ANCHORED TO CONC PAD FOOTING AND BOLTED TO BEAM EITHER EMBEDDED IN TO A CON. TIE BEAM OR MAYBE BOLTED TO TRUSS GIRDER. WOOD I SUPPOSE THERE ARE ALOT OF COLUMN COVERS TO CHOOSE FROM wE USE A LOT OF PRECAST CONCRETE COLUMNS (OR USED TO) WITH A SEAM VERTICAL
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    Cad

    you know it is funny reading this thread I was doing everything in cad This thread had helped me more than anything with the program. I did not even know you could turn off and on wall layers I would go to cad detail windows and have to zoom in just to make sure every measurement was on the main layer OMG Still learning
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    PRINTING 3 D RENDERINGS

    Hi Are there good videos I can watch to learn how to send the 3 d views to layout is they print accurately? I send to clients all the time by sending to layout -pdf and then email. When I print it becomes distorted mess. When I send to layout Current screen as image then crop to fit. I called tech support they suggested send it as current screen which was not good either. I see great prints by other users. I watched some video but it showed how to create 3 d views but not how to print. Thanks In advance Adam I am using chief 12
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    Drawing for a living

    That is what I do 50% I draw some I bid. I have never been good at delegating and drawing at night and trying to get paid yada yada yada I waas just thinking that drawing ( I know is stressful) But it is just me, not every sub, inspector, customer, and decorator. I appreciate the comments and advice and I will get over it and get back to work Thank You ps I remember the great recession I would rather be working than not I am blessed and should not complain
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    Drawing for a living

    Thanks for the advice appreciated I know it was the wrong place to post
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    Drawing for a living

    This is probably not the right forum. I have been a builder my whole life. I do not know how to quit. I am as busy as I can be but the customers have gotten crazy I work in a Horse community the richest in the country and building multi million dollar barns and houses. I am partners and we make money. But the stress is killing me. If I have to deal with another decorator I will shoot myself. I am way stressed out and customer rep / decorator just left my office. I have commitments and a partner. Big decision. I am 64 years old probably need to work till I am 70 for max SS (with no regrets). My question can you make money drawing plans only and I know a lot of the guys on the forum are builders and former builders. With all the stress of building I am having a lot trouble quitting I know the only thing I enjoy drawing of the plans But I still get a kick out of scheduling building all the things that go into building BUT THE STRESS is killing me. If you were a builder were you happy and satisfied quitting and designing only
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    ceating Roof trusses in X12

    Thanks for the heads up, I will give it a try old and bad habits hard to break and ift is competitive competing with others where the going rate is a $1.00 per foot plus add the engineer at $.45.00 per ft so it i about getting done as fast as possible.
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    ceating Roof trusses in X12

    I am curious down here in Florida we have to do a truss layout for every job addition ect. The engineer of record has to seal basically it is all about the uplift. and knowing where the girders are. then we match the straps up accordingly. I would never consider doing the truss layout in 3d I do it in cad. Showing the way I think the girders and valley sets ect go all in 2d. To build we need the truss drawing from truss company which has all the cut sheets ect for each truss showing uplift. I always thought this was stupid as we need the engineer of record plan before the truss drawing . some times I would have russ drawing complete before permit submittal when the project was sold and I could bill for the truss company plan usually 10% of contract for trusses but then you are committed to the trusses company. We had another company that would charge 15 cents a foot for truss drawing. . I am still a builder I think if I drew full time, another income stream would be to learn a truss program that would work with a local truss company company. The truss design would then be accurate Adam
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    VIDEO CARD QUESTIONS

    THANKS FOR THE ADVICE REALLY APPRECIATED
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    VIDEO CARD QUESTIONS

    Hi I am having a computer built by someone that I respect. but I told him I need a video card for gaming I have an alienware laptop with nvidia 1080 card now and He want to use a Radeon pro WX2100 2m-d which to me was only a $ 100 card The radeon series has a 5100 model with 8 gb is that as good as nvidia I am attaching the specs for computer any advice would help Thank you BENS Q68154-ADAM PAZZ.pdf
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    Tablet computer for the field

    I want to thank everyone for their input will go with Surface Pro just one last thing is it worth the money for the newest I think they call LTE where the sim card is in the computer or just get a hot spot Thanks Again Adam
  13. I wanted to know if anyone uses a surface pro for chief Looking at Dell xps vs Surface pro it is needed to run Chief in the field as well to get work done as I am sending in my primary computer to to be fixed. My Alienware is actually melting or swelling up and cracking So I need to keep working while it is being repaired. (Under warranty) so i do not want to buy another super lap top but something I can have in the field as my Alieware is 13 lbs and holds a charge for about 1 hour if lucky. Also like the idea of pictures as we use buildertrend and we photograph job progress Adam
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    layout page

    It happens on all layout that are a complete jobs Never use pdf imported cad or live elevations So that is not normal I guess I may have to make sure my video card is updated is the only thing I can think of. Call tech support Monday Thank for your help Adam
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    layout page

    Appreciate the response It has been that way on all my layouts I guess i was asking is that normal for everyone. The program works fine other than that windows 10 core I7 2.9 ghz 32 gb ram GTX 1080