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#31
Referral Links / Re: Truss Calculators
Last post by Medeek - May 23, 2024, 04:44:20 AM
Version 3.4.7 - 05.23.2024
- Enabled Roof Connections between complex roofs, rafter roofs, truss roofs and solid groups.
- Added the "Configure Roof Connection" feature to the edit menu for complex, rafter and truss roofs.

This is not a completely new feature however the configuration capability introduced (and the level of granularity achievable) is new and somewhat experimental at this point.  I'm sure it will take a few updates and versions before all the issues are worked out and all the necessary refinement is achieved.

Also note that that not all rafter roofs and not all truss types have this feature enabled yet.  The following rafter roofs have been enabled:

- Gable
- Shed
- Shed w/ Ledger

The following truss types have been enabled:

- Common
- Monopitch
- Scissor
- Attic
- Tail Bearing
- Symmetric Cathedral
- Cathedral
- Parallel Chord

More to come soon...
#32
Owner-Builder Projects / Re: Okanogan 14x24 by a lurker...
Last post by OlJarhead - May 22, 2024, 02:41:25 PM
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#33
General Forum / Re: Pier & Beam Foundation for...
Last post by MountainDon - May 22, 2024, 02:38:25 PM
I second the idea for a perimeter foundation. With a 12" frost depth it would be a better than pier foundation and about as much work as a bunch of pier holes, with concrete in the bottoms.  Perimeter would be much more stable than many pier foundations can ever hope to be.

Digging the trench can be assisted with the use of a roto-tiller to loosen up the soil, then shovel it out and rototill some more as necessary.

The more piers you have the more chances you create for uneven settling and movements of the piers.

The AWC calculator can help try different sizes for joists.  A simple cabin without any large loads such as big refrigerators, water beds , etc can likely safely use 30 PSF as a floor load. Floor joist selection will depend upon lumber species and grades as well as spacing, but a 16 foot span is possible for a one floor simple cabin.     https://awc.org/calculators/span-options-calculator-for-wood-joists-and-rafters/

You mention 2 porches. Is that one on a long side and a second on an end?  How do you intend to frame the porch flooring?


#34
General Forum / Re: WANTED Family Circle Bolt-...
Last post by rothbard - May 22, 2024, 12:03:43 PM
Quote from: Motovista on May 17, 2024, 09:38:49 PMThey were $4 when they were first issued. The architect who created them allowed someone to share them. That person decided to use them to sell some plans that there is very little interest in. That's not what I call ethical, and likely not what the architect had in mind. When they first got hold of them, they offered them if you purchased three months of a membership in some home building club for $30. That's closer to reasonable. I don't find it hard to believe that a company would try to make money, I find it hard to believe that someone would try to use them to sell something that apparently few people are interested in. I have no issue with paying a fair price for them. Paying someone who had nothing to do with their creation and got them free almost $300 is something else. It's like someone got a free chicken, and offers to give it away. But to get the free chicken, you need to buy 18 ducks, whether or not you want 18 ducks. If you describe this to most people, they will tell you it sounds like a scam.

Why not just ask the Raabes?  I doubt he's making a killing selling $300 plans to a handful of DIY people, which is rare enough these days especially now that most places are regulated into oblivion.  

FWIW the dude got started in the peace corps for god sake, living in Kurdi gunds of Rojhilat probably surviving off of naan, chai, and cheese.  I've lived with those people, I don't think the scamming sort would last 2 years out there, part of the reason why I was attracted to Mr. Raabe's plans in the first place.
#35
General Forum / Re: Pier & Beam Foundation for...
Last post by rothbard - May 22, 2024, 11:30:30 AM
Quote from: homesteadhappy on May 14, 2024, 02:50:49 PMI'm new to the terminology, so please bear with me.

Including the porch on two sides of the house, my total dimensions are 24'x24'. The house itself is 16x20. I am planning on a pier and beam foundation. The county I am in is completely unrestricted (no building codes/zones/permits/building department/etc). There's not a single red light in the whole county and much of the population is Plain (Amish/Mennonite), just to give context.

Frost line is 10-12" and state code says we should have a minimum 12" deep footing for the piers. I was going to go 24" down, 6" compact gravel of some kind, and then 18" Sonotube cement footing. I was planning on doing double 2x8 beams (aka 4x8 beams) and doing 2x8 joists every 16" oc.

I am trying to figure out how many piers I need. I was thinking about doing 4 rows of 4 (16 total distributed evenly), 4 rows of 5, or 5 rows of 5.


Am I wildly off here or is this okay? Thank you!

Piers and beam are engineered foundation, of course you don't have to engineer them but I think it difficult to determine without calculating for your soil.  For 320 square feet 12" frostline you could very easily do a full perimeter block foundation, just saying, then you wouldn't lose any sleep over wondering if it was 100% as you'd be 100% up to IRC prescriptive codes.  I think it took me only 4 weekends to do a foundation 33% larger perimiter than that.  Jus sayin.  Maybe go back and read the debates and decide yourself and you may decide a few extra days of work is cheap insurance if this is your full-time house.

If you decide to keep going with pier and beam maybe you can look around at the amish houses and see and ask what they did?  Might give you ideas of what worked locally.
#36
Referral Links / Re: How to build a scalable ho...
Last post by azgreg - May 21, 2024, 05:58:15 PM
#37
General Forum / Re: Pier & Beam Foundation for...
Last post by anceow - May 20, 2024, 10:39:17 PM
As I know, the number of piers you'll need depends on factors like soil type, load-bearing capacity, and the size of the beams. It might be worth consulting with a local engineer or contractor for personalized advice.
#38
General Forum / Re: WANTED Family Circle Bolt-...
Last post by Adam Raabe - May 18, 2024, 03:37:43 PM
Hi Motovista,

Here at CountryPlans-evil-mega-corp we do everything possible to scam our users, haha!

Seriously though, your take is funny because from this end (running this little family business) it feels like just the opposite: spending a ton of time avoiding spam/scam emails, forum attacks, calls, etc. etc.

Keeping this thing up and running, and not buried in spam, for all these years requires work. We're grateful to Jeff for allowing us to offer the plans and help support the site and ultimately: all the awesome long-time users, so their great stories and knowledge can live on and help other DIY builders for years to come.

If you really need the plans for some reason (maybe you're an educator/non-profit/ having financial hardship) just send us a message at questions@countryplans.com
We're happy to help
#39
General Forum / Re: WANTED Family Circle Bolt-...
Last post by Motovista - May 17, 2024, 09:38:49 PM
Quote from: jsahara24 on May 13, 2024, 11:45:04 AMI would also do my best to try to find them for free, but I am confused that you find it hard to believe that a company would try to make money?  Its only $300, unfortunately not much in todays world....

Anyway, my only thought on how to get them for free beyond the internet is maybe a library?  Good luck..



They were $4 when they were first issued. The architect who created them allowed someone to share them. That person decided to use them to sell some plans that there is very little interest in. That's not what I call ethical, and likely not what the architect had in mind. When they first got hold of them, they offered them if you purchased three months of a membership in some home building club for $30. That's closer to reasonable. I don't find it hard to believe that a company would try to make money, I find it hard to believe that someone would try to use them to sell something that apparently few people are interested in. I have no issue with paying a fair price for them. Paying someone who had nothing to do with their creation and got them free almost $300 is something else. It's like someone got a free chicken, and offers to give it away. But to get the free chicken, you need to buy 18 ducks, whether or not you want 18 ducks. If you describe this to most people, they will tell you it sounds like a scam.
#40
General Forum / Re: What can you leave in an u...
Last post by MountainDon - May 17, 2024, 01:38:08 PM
No issues ever experienced with propane or liquid canned stable fuels, or water in the buried cistern. We used to leave 3/4 full gallon jugs of water over winter inside the cabin. Those would freeze but being only partially full and flexible never leaked. Kept them in a large tray in case a leak did happen.