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General Forum / Re: WANTED Family Circle Bolt-...
Last post by jsahara24 - May 29, 2024, 08:44:55 AM
Quote from: rothbard on May 22, 2024, 12:03:43 PMWhy 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.

The guy has never contributed to this forum and then comes on complaining that the owners are trying to make a little bit of money.  I will never fault someone for trying to make a living, but I will fault someone for trying to get something free without being willing to contribute/work....I think its called being entitled, but what do I know....
Referral Links / Re: Truss Calculators
Last post by Medeek - May 26, 2024, 08:06:07 PM
Version 3.5.0 - 05.26.2024
- Enabled "flat" ceiling gypsum for dutch gable rafter roofs.
- Enabled "flat" ceiling gypsum for hip rafter roofs.
- Fixed a bug with the global settings for rafter and truss roofs when the layer/tags option is turned off.

Version 3.4.7 introduced a bug for both rafter and truss roofs when the layers/tags option is turned off.  This release fixes that bug.  I highly recommend that everyone download this latest update to correct this bug.
Referral Links / Re: Truss Calculators
Last post by Medeek - May 26, 2024, 02:36:16 AM
Version 3.4.9 - 05.26.2024
- Enabled "vaulted" ceiling insulation for gable rafter roofs (symmetric and asymmetric): Batt, Blown-in.
- Added "vaulted" ceiling gypsum to gable rafter roofs.
- Enabled "flat" ceiling gypsum for gable rafter roofs with ceiling joists option enabled.

Referral Links / Re: Truss Calculators
Last post by Medeek - May 25, 2024, 06:35:27 PM
Tutorial 30: General Roof Connections (16:54 min.)

Please email me any feedback or suggestions on this new feature.
Referral Links / Re: Truss Calculators
Last post by Medeek - May 25, 2024, 04:32:45 AM
Version 3.4.8 - 05.25.2024
- Enabled Roof Connections for the following additional truss types: tray, monocathedral, cambered, monoscissor and coffer.
- Enabled Roof Connections for hip and dutch gable rafter roofs.
- Enabled the "Edit Roof Assembly" function for dutch gable rafter roofs (imperial and metric units).
- Enabled the following 3D roof cladding material for dutch gable rafter roofs: Metal.

General Forum / Re: Basic question of noteable...
Last post by Oldmanmrb - May 23, 2024, 12:26:27 PM
After all of this if you want no fastener applications to show several things are acceptable. DAP or Elmer's plastic wood will do the trick, but sanding is required. Caulking nail screw heads can be tricky.. however if you are priming before painting good primers, followed by a paint and primer product will do a decent job of it for you.
Owner-Builder Projects / Re: Okanogan 14x24 by a lurker...
Last post by OlJarhead - May 23, 2024, 06:45:28 AM
Here ya go!  My latest
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...
Owner-Builder Projects / Re: Okanogan 14x24 by a lurker...
Last post by OlJarhead - May 22, 2024, 02:41:25 PM
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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.

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?