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Referral Links / Re: Wall Plugin for SketchUp
Last post by Medeek - March 11, 2024, 02:34:01 AM
Version 3.5.5 - 03.11.2024
- Added a "Custom Glass" garage door type/option with fully customizable glass panels.
- Further refined the end grain material positioning for top plates (rectangular walls) and in-wall columns.

I will need to create a tutorial video explaining the proper syntax for the "Glass List".
Referral Links / Re: Wall Plugin for SketchUp
Last post by Medeek - March 09, 2024, 08:55:46 PM
Version 3.5.4b - 03.09.2024
- Enabled a pressure treated end grain material for bottom plates of all walls.
- Enabled end grain materials for in-wall columns.
- Enabled end grain materials for beams.
- Enabled end grain materials for blocks.
- Enabled end grain materials for posts.

Referral Links / Re: Wall Plugin for SketchUp
Last post by Medeek - March 09, 2024, 02:38:58 AM
Version 3.5.4 - 03.08.2024
- Enabled an end grain material for top and bottom plates of rectangular walls.
- Fixed a javascript bug for garage door presets.
- Fixed a bug with door presets when using metric templates.

Owner-Builder Projects / Re: Okanogan 14x24 by a lurker...
Last post by OlJarhead - March 07, 2024, 11:44:25 AM
I had a lot of fun with this one -- note:  It's supposed to be a little funny and entertaining (well, hopefully very funny but you might need more backstory).
General Forum / Re: Metal roofing to wood, scr...
Last post by eldon - March 07, 2024, 06:53:48 AM
When it comes to roofing materials and the debate between metal and wood, it ultimately depends on various factors such as durability, aesthetics, and environmental considerations.

Metal roofing has gained popularity for its longevity and resistance to elements like fire, rot, and pests. Additionally, metal roofs often come with longer warranties and require minimal maintenance. From an environmental perspective, metal roofing is often recyclable, reducing its impact on landfills.

On the other hand, wood roofing, particularly cedar shake or shingles, offers a timeless aesthetic appeal that many homeowners find attractive. Wood roofs can also provide excellent insulation properties, helping to regulate indoor temperatures and reduce energy costs. However, they may require more maintenance, such as regular inspections and treatments to prevent rot and decay.

In terms of screw placement, both metal and wood roofs require careful consideration to ensure proper installation and structural integrity. Improper screw placement can compromise the roof's performance and longevity, leading to leaks and other issues over time.

As for my personal preference, I lean towards metal roofing, particularly when considering sustainability and long-term durability. However, I would also suggest exploring environmentally conscious alternatives such as.... SPAM LINK REMOVED..... . ECM homes often utilize sustainable materials and construction methods, offering a blend of modern comfort and eco-friendly living practices.

Ultimately, the choice between metal and wood roofing should be based on individual priorities, budget, and the specific needs of the property. Consulting with a reputable roofing contractor and considering the environmental impact of your decision can help guide you towards the best option for your home. ;)
Referral Links / Re: Wall Plugin for SketchUp
Last post by Medeek - March 07, 2024, 02:11:28 AM
Version 3.5.3 - 03.06.2024
- Added a "Panel" corner treatment for "End" and "Terminal" wall corners (rectangular walls only).
- Fixed a javascript bug for window and door presets.
- Fixed a bug with the door casing (custom casing options) and end cripple studs for pocket doors.
- Rearranged the door casing section of the door Draw and Edit menus.
- Fixed a bug with the advanced options for all wall types when using metric templates.

With this release I've fixed a number of substantial bugs that were discovered by users and also one by myself.  I highly recommend upgrading to this latest release of the plugin.
General Forum / Re: greenhouse off log house?
Last post by oweblue - March 06, 2024, 05:01:36 AM
Your idea is quite unique. However, it is not easy to embark on implementation. Additionally, there are certain moisture management concerns that should be carefully avoided since they could eventually harm the wood structure.
General Forum / Re: Suggestions for sealing a ...
Last post by MichaelMartin - March 06, 2024, 03:43:22 AM
Quote from: Rose on February 03, 2024, 10:13:57 AMWhen waterproofing clay pots I have found pitch the be the best at waterproofing. I am here looking for the same answer because a pitch tub would be pretty but I have seen lots of cob tubs that look great but I don't know what they use. I've seen then in wite and tan paints

Applying a natural or synthetic plaster or finish over the cob surface. This can create a smooth and waterproof layer that can prevent water from penetrating the cob.
Owner-Builder Projects / Re: engineering calculations
Last post by rothbard - March 05, 2024, 12:44:10 PM
If this were me I'd be inclined to search the county records until I found a house pretty much matching what I wanted, then ask the engineer to simply stamp them again for me.  I presume if  this is a simple enough house surely someone else out of 100's of thousands of people already have something similar.

My county all that stuff is open.  When it came for the paperwork I had to submit I basically just looked at what people in my county did and then found the closest examples and changed them until they matched what I needed.  I always like any officials to think "oh this looks like the shit I already approved last month, no need to bother thinking much."
Owner-Builder Projects / Re: Okanogan 14x24 by a lurker...
Last post by OlJarhead - March 05, 2024, 09:51:13 AM
Two weeks ago...