Drafting 101


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I would like to know where it is I can find drafting standards/conventions. Been wing'n for a while, but would like to get on board.

I would imagine, there are national standards and maybe by state, not sure.

Any help would be appreciated.


Thanks - Mike


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My boss, who is a licensed contractor, wanted to learn how to draw up construction documents for his business in CADD.  Roughly ten years ago, he decided to take a few classes at a local community college.  So even if a person didn't want to have to take a whole 2 year architectural drafting program, it is possible to take just a few classes.  Even taking a few select classes in an architectural drafting program at a community college or trade school would provide a person with a certain amount of knowledge of architectural drafting and design standards.  I would definitely recommended taking some architectural drafting classes.

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I would try to get a job, or side job ,under someone experienced. That's the only fast track of learning, I know of . A lot of times schooling just teaches you a lot of things you really don't need(The long road) unless ,of course, you want to become an licensed Architect, then the schooling is needed. Your contractor boss should enlighten you about construction methods though.

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start with this book http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/0471395404/ref=sr_1_2_twi_har_1_olp?ie=UTF8&qid=1455392256&sr=8-2&keywords=wakita+working+drawings


or the newest version; http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/0470618159/ref=sr_1_1_twi_har_1_olp?ie=UTF8&qid=1455392256&sr=8-1&keywords=wakita+working+drawings


also check these out:



I buy the used books sometimes an older edition for cheap

then if I really like the book I'll buy the lastest edition


take classes at local community college


surf the internet for tutorials


learn learn learn - never stop learning



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my favorite is Architectural  Graphic Standards... I still have my 7th edition... now I think it is the current 11th edition




another great reference is my "Time Saver Standards"... my edition is the 4th...think the  current one is the  8th




I learned with paper , rule, triangle and pencil... don't know what the schools teach for basics anymore

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